Researchers use eye tracking in sports research to detect flaws linked to attentional focus, trajectory estimations, visual search strategies, and hand-eye coordination. In sports psychology, this methodology reveals the differences in mental processes between expert athletes and beginners.
Some of the leading sports research facilities use eye tracking in order to understand fundamental technique flaws linked to hand-eye coordination and to optimize performance and visual search techniques.
Past sports research has already established significant differences in gaze patterns between amateur and professional athletes. A great example of this is in soccer, where the goalie has to quickly process information about the direction of the ball prior to the kick during a penalty shoot-out. The difference in the player's focus direction and length is considerable. Assessing the kicker's balance by looking at the non-kicking leg,
This is a video from our customer University College Dubin School of Psychology. Professor Aidan Moran explains the extensive eye tracking research performed at the school to understand the mental processes that distinguish expert athletes from beginners. Their data will help coaches train the next generation of players.
Eye movements directly affect sports performance. Because of this, measuring an athlete's innate attentional focus and trajectory-estimation skills can play a vital role in talent recognition. Watching gaze videos from training sessions immediately reveals an athlete's search strategies and, perhaps even more importantly, a lack thereof. Eye tracking can highlight the differences in attentional focus in training versus in more stressful competitive environments. By detecting what is being done incorrectly, a trainer can more easily correct flaws with consistency training.
More aspects about the key success factors in sports can be understood by comprehending how players perceive their surroundings on the field, especially in team sports.
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In this study conducted by the Swiss Ice Hockey Association, eye tracking was used to study gaze behavior during the physical task of shooting in ice hockey. The study generated new insights into the gaze behavior of successful shooters, which will be used to develop shooting techniques and training methods to maintain progress in shooting skills. Read more