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      Examining the ability to track multiple moving targets as a function of postural stability: a comparison between team sports players and sedentary individuals

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          Background

          The ability to track multiple objects plays a key role in team ball sports actions. However, there is a lack of research focused on identifying multiple object tracking (MOT) performance under rapid, dynamic and ecologically valid conditions. Therefore, we aimed to assess the effects of manipulating postural stability on MOT performance.

          Methods

          Nineteen team sports players (soccer, basketball, handball) and sixteen sedentary individuals performed the MOT task under three levels of postural stability (high, medium, and low). For the MOT task, participants had to track three out of eight balls for 10 s, and the object speed was adjusted following a staircase procedure. For postural stability manipulation, participants performed three identical protocols (randomized order) of the MOT task while standing on an unstable platform, using the training module of the Biodex Balance System SD at levels 12 (high-stability), eight (medium-stability), and four (low-stability).

          Results

          We found that the ability to track moving targets is dependent on the balance stability conditions (F 2,66 = 8.7, p < 0.001, η² = 0.09), with the disturbance of postural stability having a negative effect on MOT performance. Moreover, when compared to sedentary individuals, team sports players showed better MOT scores for the high-stability and the medium-stability conditions (corrected p-value = 0.008, Cohen’s d = 0.96 and corrected p-value = 0.009, Cohen’s d = 0.94; respectively) whereas no differences were observed for the more unstable conditions (low-stability) between-groups.

          Conclusions

          The ability to track moving targets is sensitive to the level of postural stability, with the disturbance of balance having a negative effect on MOT performance. Our results suggest that expertise in team sports training is transferred to non-specific sport domains, as shown by the better performance exhibited by team sports players in comparison to sedentary individuals. This study provides novel insights into the link between individual’s ability to track multiple moving objects and postural control in team sports players and sedentary individuals.

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                PeerJ
                PeerJ
                PeerJ
                PeerJ
                PeerJ Inc. (San Diego, USA )
                2167-8359
                2 September 2022
                2022
                : 10
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Institute of Physical Culture Sciences, Laboratory of Kinesiology, Functional and Structural Human Research Center, University of Szczecin , Szczecin, Poland
                [2 ]Department of Physical Education and Sport, Pomeranian Medical University , Szczecin, Poland
                [3 ]CLARO (Clinical and Laboratory Applications of Research in Optometry) Research Group, Department of Optics, University of Granada , Granada, Spain
                Article
                13964
                10.7717/peerj.13964
                9443790
                349bffe3-2320-479a-b3e3-4dfaba4375e0
                © 2022 Zwierko et al.

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, reproduction and adaptation in any medium and for any purpose provided that it is properly attributed. For attribution, the original author(s), title, publication source (PeerJ) and either DOI or URL of the article must be cited.

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                The authors received no funding for this work.
                Categories
                Kinesiology
                Public Health
                Sports Medicine

                multiple object tracking,postural stability,athletes,non-athletes,sport training,team ball sports,motor control

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