Action anticipation plays an important role in the successful performance of open skill sports, such as ball and combat sports. Evidence has shown that elite athletes of open sports excel in action anticipation. Most studies have targeted ball sports and agreed that information on body mechanics is one of the key determinants for successful action anticipation in open sports.
However, less is known about combat sports, and whether facial emotions have an influence on athletes’ action anticipation skill. It has been suggested that the understanding of intention in combat sports relies heavily on emotional context.
Based on this suggestion, the present study compared the action anticipation performances of taekwondo athletes, weightlifting athletes, and non-athletes and then correlated these with their performances of emotion recognition.
This study primarily found that accurate action anticipation does not necessarily rely on the dynamic information of movement, and that action anticipation performance is correlated with that of emotion recognition in taekwondo athletes, but not in weightlifting athletes.
Our results suggest that the recognition of facial emotions plays a role in the action prediction in such combat sports as taekwondo.
Cogn Process. 2016 May 9. [Epub ahead of print] The relationship between action anticipation and emotion recognition in athletes of open skill sports. Shih YL1, Lin CY2. 1Department of Sport Performance, National Taiwan University of Sport, No. 16, Section 1, Shuang-Shih Road, Taichung, 404, Taiwan, ROC. firstname.lastname@example.org. 2Department of Sport Performance, National Taiwan University of Sport, No. 16, Section 1, Shuang-Shih Road, Taichung, 404, Taiwan, ROC.