Reliability and Sensitivity of Reaction Time Measurements During Quasi-Realistic Soccer Situations

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  • 1 University of Belgrade
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Reliability and sensitivity of reaction time (RT) during quasi-realistic soccer situations was explored in 10 professional soccer players (skilled; age = 20.9 ± 3.6 years) and 10 males without soccer experience (nonskilled; age = 23.4 ± 0.5 years). The participants were instructed to react as fast as possible to a stimulus presented via the video-based method while standing on force platforms. RT was computed as the difference between the instant when the rate of force development of any leg reaches 5% of its maximal value and the instant of stimulus presentation. The results revealed acceptable to high reliability of RT (intraclass correlation coefficient median = .90; coefficient of variation ≤ 5.83%), and shorter RT for skilled compared with nonskilled participants in three out of eight comparisons (effect size range = 1.00–1.41). The video-based methods can be confidently used to assess the RT in soccer players.

Tomic, Janicijevic, Nedeljkovic, and Leontijevic are with the Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, The Research Centre, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia. García-Ramos is with the Faculty of Sport Sciences, Department of Physical Education and Sport, University of Granada, Granada, Spain; and the Department of Sports Sciences and Physical Conditioning, Faculty of Education, Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción, Concepción, Chile.

Janicijevic (jan.danica@gmail.com) is corresponding author.
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