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Effects of contrasting colour patterns of the ball in the volleyball reception.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16195039     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The effects of three different colour patterns on the surface of volleyballs (versus that of a plain white ball) on the behaviour of a reception player were examined by presenting sidespin volleyball serves. Expert (n = 10) and novice (n = 10) volleyball players intercepted volleyballs projected straight at them or at an initial angle of 9.5 degrees outwards but eventually curving towards the players' original position. In the latter trajectories, players generally took one or more steps laterally before returning to the landing position of the ball. These excursion patterns were significantly more pronounced with the white balls than the coloured balls. Differences between balls of different colour combinations were also observed. The first finding supports the thesis that next to a prospective type of control, such as on-line maintenance of a certain spatiotemporal relationship between the player and the ball, properties of the ball itself allow prediction of the future path of the ball. Differences between types of colour patterns are explained within the framework of the between-colours wavelength contrasts of each type of ball.
Matthieu Lenoir; Joost Vansteenkiste; Jelle Vermeulen; Dirk de Clercq
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Controlled Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of sports sciences     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0264-0414     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sports Sci     Publication Date:  2005 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-30     Completed Date:  2005-12-12     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8405364     Medline TA:  J Sports Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  871-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Movement and Sports Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Universiteit Gent, Gent, Belgium.
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MeSH Terms
Color Perception / physiology
Equipment Design
Reaction Time / physiology
Sports / physiology*
Sports Equipment*
Task Performance and Analysis*
Visual Perception / physiology*

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