Title: The role of preparatory heart rate deceleration on balance beam performance
Authors: Cottyn, Jorge ×
de Clercq, Dirk
Crombez, Geert
Lenoir, Matthieu #
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Publisher: Human kinetics publ inc
Series Title: Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology vol:30 issue:2 pages:159-170
Abstract: Preparatory heart rate deceleration occurs in tasks with an external focus of attention and is often assumed to facilitate balance performance. However, its effects upon sport-related complex balance movements have not been Studied. Heart rate patterns during the preparation period of an acrobatic element (flic-flac) on the balance beam were studied in 14 female gymnasts (M age 13.2 years). A significant heart rate deceleration was found in attempts with a fall in the consecutive acrobatic element, but not in attempts without a fall. These data suggest that preparatory heart rate deceleration may be detrimental to the performance of complex movements on the balance beam.
ISSN: 0895-2779
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Exercise & Sport Psychology, and Coaching (-)
Policy in Sports & Physical Activity Research Group
× corresponding author
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