Analysis of the Arousal Motor-Performance Relationship in Children Using Movement Kinematics

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Assessed the kinematic characteristics of a stepping motion in high and low arousal conditions on 9 boys (aged 8 yrs). Differences in movement kinematics between low and high arousal conditions were most visible in the ankle joint. It is suggested that high arousal causes what was once automatic and smooth in terms of the ankle joint to come under more volitional control, which is less smooth and efficient.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-243
JournalJournal of Sport Psychology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1985