Basketball jump shooting is controlled online by vision.

R.M. Ferraz De Oliveira, R. Huys, R.R.D. Oudejans, R.W. van der Langenberg, P.J. Beek

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    An experiment was conducted to examine whether basketball jump shooting relies on online visual (i.e., dorsal stream-mediated) control rather than motor preprogramming. Seventeen expert basketball players (eight males and nine females) performed jump shots under normal vision and in three conditions in which movement initiation was delayed by zero, one, or two seconds relative to viewing the basket. Shots were evaluated in terms of both outcome and execution measures. Even though most shots still landed near the basket in the absence of vision, end-point accuracy was significantly better under normal visual conditions than under the delay conditions, where players tended to undershoot the basket. In addition, an overall decrease of inter-joint coordination strength and stability was found as a function of visual condition. Although these results do not exclude a role of motor preprogramming, they demonstrate that visual sensory information plays an important role in the continuous guidance of the basketball jump shot. © 2007 Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)180-186
    JournalExperimental Psychology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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