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Pre-performance routine consistency: temporal analysis of goal kicking in the Rugby Union World Cup

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posted on 20.07.2016, 11:31 by Robin JacksonRobin Jackson
This study examined the consistency of pre-performance routines in international rugby union goal kickers on kicks of varying difficulty and under different amounts of situational pressure. Concentration times and physical preparation times were calculated from video recordings of the 572 place kicks taken during the 1999 Rugby Union World Cup. In contrast to the view that performers should seek consistent pre-performance routine times, the results revealed a strong positive relationship between kick difficulty and concentration time. Analysis of the effect of situational pressure, determined by the difference in score before the kick, revealed that players tended to have longer concentration times and shorter physical preparation times when the scores were close. There were no differences between the best and worst kickers in the tournament on routine time, consistency or rhythmicity. The view that increasing the temporal consistency of a routine will result in improved performance is challenged.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Sports Sciences

Volume

21

Pages

803 - 814

Citation

JACKSON, R., 2003. Pre-performance routine consistency: temporal analysis of goal kicking in the Rugby Union World Cup. Journal of Sports Sciences, DOI: 10.1080/0264041031000140301.

Publisher

© Taylor & Francis

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2003

Notes

Closed access.

ISSN

0264-0414

eISSN

1466-447X

Language

en