The Use of Patterns to Disguise Environmental Cues During an Anticipatory Judgment Task

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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A number of novel manipulations to the design of playing uniforms were used to try to disguise the actions of penalty takers in soccer. Skilled and less-skilled soccer goalkeepers were required to anticipate penalty kick outcome while their opponent wore one of three different uniform designs that were intended to disguise the availability of potentially key information from the hip region. Variations of shapes/patterns were designed to conceal the actual alignment of the hips. Three occlusion points were used in the test film: −160 ms, −80 ms before, and at foot–ball contact. Skilled individuals reported higher accuracy scores than their less-skilled counterparts (p < .05). There were no performance decrements for the less-skilled group across the different uniform conditions (p > .05); however, the skilled group decreased their accuracy on the experimental conditions compared with the control (p < .05). Findings highlight the potential benefits of designing playing uniforms that facilitate disguise in sport.

Joe Causer is with the Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK. A. Mark Williams is with the Department of Life Sciences, Brunel University London, UK. Address author correspondence to Joe Causer at j.causer@ljmu.ac.uk.

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