Planning catching movements: advantages of expertise, visibility and self-throwing

Hagenfeld Lena, de Lussanet de la Sablonière Marc H E, Boström Kim J, Wagner Heiko

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In a ball catching task, the catcher guides their hand to the ball’s future trajectory. The hand may start to move even before the exact position is known, and the inter- ceptive movement may be corrected online. Using a recent method for detecting the phases of catching movements we investigate how juggling experience, self-throwing, and delayed visibility of the ball, influence the timing of the hand’s trajectory. Specifically, we analyze the time from which the goal position of the movement is known, i.e., the time from which the movement becomes smooth. Seventeen jugglers and twenty controls caught ten balls per each of eight conditions. The results indicate that experts’ catching movements acquire the smooth nature of goal-directed movements earlier than novices catching movements do.

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Release year: 2022
Language in which the publication is writtenEnglish