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Ian Rogers
12-10-1998, 02:10 AM
Dear Armin on Fri, 4 Dec 1998 you wrote

Dear Bioch-L subscribers,

"anybody out there who would know about literature including
comprehensive tables on simple reactions times or choice reaction
times for movement tasks in sports?"

Armin Kibele, Ph.D.
Institute for Sports and Sport Science Phone: 49 761 2034514
University of Freiburg Fax: 49 761 2034534 Schwarzwaldstr. 175
D-79117 Freiburg i.Br., Germany

Below you will find some references for RT and CRT testing on
athletes and normals which I used in my Master's research. When I was
doing my literature search I found that there hasn't been a great
deal of work done with athletes, although there is some. I would
suggest that you put specific keywords into the databases (Medline,
SportsDiscus etc), such as 'tennis' et al, 'RT and athletes', and so
on, according to what it is you want to look at.

I didn't find any tables or normative data for athletes and my search
covered the last ten years, approximately. As my research concerned
cyclists I rejected lot of papers on other sports, many of which
dealt with visual reaction time, because, like you I was interested in
movement tasks. You may find some useful references from those I have
given you.

The protocol for my research was a CRT pre and post maximal graded
cycle ergometer exercise, and the results supported the contention
that moderate exercise improves reaction time (N = 10). If you would
like to see a copy of those results, please let me know.


Chmura J, Nazar K, Kaciuba Usciko H, 1994. Choice reaction time during
graded exercise in relation to blood lactate and plasma catecholamine
thresholds. Int. J. Sports Medicine. Vol. 15, pp. 172-176.

Klimovitch G, 1977. Startle response and muscular fatigue effects upon
fractionated hand grip reaction time. Journal of Motor Behaviour. Vol.
9, No. 4, pp. 285-292.

McMorris T, Keen P, 1994. Effect of exercise on simple reaction times
of recreational athletes. Perceptual and Motor Skills. Vol. 78, pp.

Thomas JR, Gallagher JD, Purvis GJ, 1981. Reaction time and
anticipation time: Effects of development. Res. Quart. For Exercise
and Sport. Vol. 52, No. 3, pp. 359-367.

Yandell KM, Spirduso WW, 1997. Sex and athletic status as factors in
reaction latency and movement time. Res. Quart. For Exercise and
Sport. Vol. 52, No. 4, pp. 495-504.


Ian Rogers
232, Broomhall St,
Sheffield S3 7SQ

Tel. 0114 276 1018

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