The effectiveness of visual simulation training in improving inner circle fielding performance in cricket

M. Hopwood, D.L. Mann, D. Farrow, T. Neilsen

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    Abstract

    This study examined the effectiveness of visual-perceptual training for improving fielding performance in cricket. Twelve highly-skilled cricket players completed a video-based decision-making test and an in-situ fielding test before and after a six-week training intervention. During this period, all participants completed the same on-field training program, but seven players completed three additional perceptual training sessions per week (TRAIN). The remaining five players acted as a control (CON). Despite no group differences at pre-test, TRAIN scored significantly higher than CON at post-test for decision accuracy within the video-based test. For the in-situ fielding test, TRAIN demonstrated greater improvements in fielding success following the intervention compared to CON. The results indicate that six weeks of on-field training combined with visual-perceptual training can lead to improvements in the fielding performance of skilled cricketers above those of on-field training alone. Findings are discussed from empirical and applied coaching perspectives.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)523-535
    JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
    Volume6
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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