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Exposing athletes to playing form activity: outcomes of a randomised control trial among community netball teams using a game-centred approach.

Miller, A and Harvey, S and Morley, D and Nemes, R and Janes, M and Eather, N (2016) Exposing athletes to playing form activity: outcomes of a randomised control trial among community netball teams using a game-centred approach. Journal of Sports Sciences. ISSN 1466-447X

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Abstract

This study evaluated whether exposing junior netball players to greater amounts of competition relevant activity (playing form activity) had an effect on game play outcomes and session involvement. A group-randomised controlled trial in one junior netball club in the Hunter Region, NSW, Australia. Ninety female athletes (mean age = 9.04 years, SD 1.53) were randomised by team (n = 11) into the intervention (n = 41) or 9-week wait-list control (n = 49) condition. The Professional Learning for Understanding Games Education into Sport (PLUNGE into Sport) programme was undertaken in the first half of nine training sessions (9 × 30 min). The intervention exposed athletes to playing form activity through a coach development programme within training sessions. Athletes' decision-making, support and skill outcomes during a small-sided invasion game, and session involvement (pedometer step/min), were measured at baseline and 9-week follow-up. Linear mixed models revealed significant group-by-time intervention effects (P < 0.05) for decision-making (d = 0.4) and support (d = 0.5) during game play, and in-session activity (d = 1.2). An intervention exposing athletes to greater levels of playing form activity, delivered via a coach education programme, was efficacious in improving athlete decision-making and support skills in game play and increasing athlete involvement during sessions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 8th October 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02640414.2016.1240371
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1302 Curriculum And Pedagogy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports > GV711 Coaching
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
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Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2016 11:59
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2016 11:59
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/02640414.2016.1240371
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4653

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