How specific is domain specificity: Does it extend across playing position?

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Bruce, Lyndell, Farrow, Damian and Raynor, Annette (2012) How specific is domain specificity: Does it extend across playing position? Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 15 (4). pp. 361-367. ISSN 1440-2440


The current study examined positional specificity effects within the sport of netball. Netball is a relatively unique sport because players are zoned in the areas into which they can move (goaler, centre court and defence). Thus if specificity effects do occur, they would be expected in a sport such as netball as players typically only play within one region of the court and do so from a relatively early stage of their career. Skilled and novice netballers completed a video-based decision making task that presented scenarios they would commonly experience in their own position as well as the other remaining playing areas (goaler, centre court and defence). It was hypothesised, in line with previous research, that the skilled players would have greater decision making accuracy than the novice participants due to their greater netball specific experiences.14 Additionally, it was hypothesised that the skilled athletes would demonstrate a position specificity bias and consequently be most accurate on the scenarios from which they are most familiar with, namely their own positional area due to the development of specific memory representations for the task,7 whereas the novice participants would show no positional biases due to their limited netball experience.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1016/j.jsams.2011.11.255
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Keywords ResPubID24851, ResPubID25392, decision making, expertise, transfer, perceptual–cognitive skill, Australian Rules Football, Teaching Games for Understanding, TGFU, playing position, Situation Model of Anticipated Response consequences of Tactical training, SMART, expert performance
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