Effect of Different Evasion Maneuvers on Anticipation and Visual Behavior in Elite Rugby League Players

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This study examined the anticipation and visual behavior of elite rugby league players during two different evasion maneuvers (side- and split-steps). Participants (N = 48) included elite rugby league players (n = 38) and controls (n = 10). Each participant watched videos consisting of side- and split-steps, and anticipation of movement and eye behavior were measured. No significant differences between the groups or evasion maneuvers were found. The split-step was significantly harder to predict. Elite players appeared to spend more time viewing the torso and mid-region of the body compared with the controls.

Connor is with the Institute of Sport and Exercise Science, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Crowther is with the School of Health Sciences, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. Sinclair is with the Sport and Exercise Science, College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

Address author correspondence to Robert G. Crowther at robert.crowther@unisa.edu.au.
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