Perceptual training effects on anticipation of direct and deceptive 7-m throws in handball

Khaled E. Alsharji, Michael G Wade

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We examined the effectiveness of perceptual training on the performance of handball goalkeepers when anticipating the direction of both direct and deceptive 7-m throws. Skilled goalkeepers were assigned equally to three matched-ability groups based on their pre-test performance: a perceptual training group (n = 14) received video-based perceptual training, a placebo training group (n = 14) received video-based regular training and a control group received no training. Participants in the perceptual training group significantly improved their performance compared to both placebo and control groups; however, anticipation of deceptive throws improved less than for direct throws. The results confirm that although anticipating deception in handball is a challenging task for goalkeepers, task-specific perceptual training can minimise its effect and improve performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-162
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Sports Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 17 2016


  • anticipation
  • deception
  • goalkeeper
  • handball
  • perceptual training


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