Expert co-adaptation of ball reception to the serve in Volleyball
What is it about?
In volleyball, serve-reception efficacy relates to winning the match. This work contributed to the understanding of how a serve-reception becomes effective. We found that in serve-reception mastering different types of pass - the overhand, the underhand-lateral, and the underhand-frontal pass, gives expert teams a competitive edge.
Why is it important?
In expert-level competitions the differences in performance leading to winning and loosing can be very small. The present work contributes to the view that human behaviour is situated. In a expert volleyball context we showed that extent ability to adapt to the task's demands (by the selection of different types of pass) gave teams a competitive edge. The use of passes described in the coaching literature as last-resources increased significantly the team's chances to win the final set of the match (i.e., the match).
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Ana Paulo