Attentional Demands in the Execution Phase of Curling in Novices and Experts

Véronique Shank, Yves Lajoie


The purpose of this study was to determine the attentional demands of a curling delivery using a dual-task procedure.
Skilled and novice curlers were asked to perform take outs and draws while attentional demands were measured using
reaction time (RT) in the different phases of the throw. Results showed attentional demands for the draw and take out
were highest at the beginning of the delivery. Compared to the draw, a significant rise of RT was shown at the end of the
take out shot. Shot success was significantly higher for the take out condition in expert compared to novice curlers.

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International Journal of Kinesiology and Sports Science

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