chapter  2
24 Pages

Understanding Movement Preparation

ByCheryl A. Coker

The view of perception has generally been associated with a model for movement preparation known as information processing. In this model, a performer, such as a goalkeeper, will receive a wealth of information or input. Scientists continue to debate and explore the merits of these direct and indirect theoretical approaches regarding movement preparation, in addition to the possible integration of the two. But regardless of the paradigm used to explain the internal processes that occur, research has clearly shown that a brief time lag occurs between the moment when a stimulus is presented and the initiation of a response. The chapter examines many variables that influence the time it takes to gather information and makes a decision about what to do and how to do it before organizing and making an overt response. In goal competitive tasks, such as those involving open skills, successful performance depends on quick decision making.