Police arrest and self-defence skills: Performance under anxiety of officers with and without additional experience in martial arts

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Abstract

We investigated whether officers with additional martial arts training experience performed better in arrest and self-defence scenarios under low and high anxiety and were better able to maintain performance under high anxiety than officers who just rely on regular police training. We were especially interested to find out whether training once a week would already lead to better performance under high anxiety. Officers with additional experience in kickboxing or karate/jiu-jitsu (training several times per week), or krav maga (training once a week) and officers with no additional experience performed several arrest and self-defence skills under low and high anxiety. Results showed that officers with additional experience (also those who trained once a week) performed better under high anxiety than officers with no additional experience. Still, the additional experience did not prevent these participants from performing worse under high anxiety compared to low anxiety. Implications for training are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1496-1506
JournalErgonomics
Volume58
Early online date10 Mar 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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