Date of Award

2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Honours

Faculty

Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Dr Craig Speelman

Abstract

Many high-performing Australian Football (AF) players appear to be better at 'reading the play' than other AF players. One cognitive capacity that appears to be similar in nature to 'reading the play', and that has been associated with the performance of elite pilots, is Situational Awareness (SA). The principal focus of this study was to examine the extent to which individual differences in an AF -specific measure of SA and the PC-based WOMBATTM test of SA were associated with individual differences in AF player performance, within the context of physiological and psychomotor capacities, using Multiple Regression Analysis. The results provide preliminary support for the notion that cognitive abilities such as SA are associated with individual differences in player performance in AF. There was a consistent association between the AF-specific measure of SA and performance in AF. However, the association between the PC-based measure of SA and performance in AF was less than clear. It would also appear that the association between SA and performance in AF should be considered within the context of individual differences in physiological and psychomotor capacities. While the research is still at an exploratory stage, the investigation of the relationship between SA and performance in AF has important implications for the understanding and assessment of cognitive processes in AF.

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