Expertise in water-polo

E. Kioumourtzoglou, T. Kourtessis, M. Michalopoulou, V. Derri

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The aim of this study was to examine differences between water polo athletes and non-athletes in a number of cognitive, perceptual and motor abilities. A group of elite athletes, members of the Greek national team in water-polo, was selected. A group of non-athlete, physical education student, served as a control group. A total of 11 abilities were selected as the most important for an elite athlete, by expert water polo coaches. Results showed that the water-polo players had significantly better scores than the control group in kinesthesis, decision making, visual reaction time, spatial orientation and grouping/organizing information. It seems that the nature of the sport strongly influences the way motor, perceptual and cognitive abilities differentiate elite water-polo athletes from non-athletes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-228
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Human Movement Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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