The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between basic cognitive functions and sport-specific physical performance in young volleyball players. Forty-three female volleyball players (age 11.2 +/- 0.8 years) were tested for cognitive performance by measuring simple reaction time (clinical reaction time), executive control (Flanker task), and perceptual speed (visual search task). Moreover, a set of tests was used to assess physical abilities as volleyball-specific skills (accuracy of setting, passing, and serving) and motor skills (change of direction, vertical jump, and balance). A cumulated value for both cognitive and sport-specific physical performance tests was computed by adding up each test's domain outcomes. Pearson's r correlation analysis showed a large positive correlation (r = 0.45, d-value = 1.01) of the cumulated score summarizing cognitive functions with the cumulated score summarizing sport-specific physical performance. Moreover, small-to-medium correlations (d-value from 0.63 to 0.73) were found between cognitive and motor skills. Given the cumulative scores, these results suggest that volleyball athletes with superior basic cognitive functions present better sport-specific physical performance. Our findings encourage to extend the knowledge of the associations between cognitive and motor skills within a sports performance context.
Relationship between Cognitive Functions and Sport-Specific Physical Performance in Youth Volleyball Players / A. Trecroci, M. Duca, L. Cavaggioni, A. Rossi, R. Scurati, S. Longo, G. Merati, G. Alberti, D. Formenti. - In: BRAIN SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-3425. - 11:2(2021), pp. 227.1-227.10.
|Titolo:||Relationship between Cognitive Functions and Sport-Specific Physical Performance in Youth Volleyball Players|
TRECROCI, ATHOS (Primo)
DUCA, MARCO (Secondo)
ALBERTI, GIAMPIETRO (Penultimo)
FORMENTI, DAMIANO (Ultimo) (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||young athletes; cognition; team sports; sport-specific skills; motor skills; executive functions|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore M-EDF/01 - Metodi e Didattiche delle Attivita' Motorie|
Settore M-EDF/02 - Metodi e Didattiche delle Attivita' Sportive
|Data di pubblicazione:||2021|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/brainsci11020227|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|