Igniting the Pressure Acclimatization Training Debate: Contradictory Pilot-Study Evidence from Australian Football

Beseler, Bradley; Mesagno, Christopher; Young, Warren; Harvey, Jack
March 2016
Journal of Sport Behavior;Mar2016, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p22
Academic Journal
In Australian Football, set shot goal kicking is when a player has a shot at goal after taking a mark (i.e., catching a kicked ball) or receiving a free kick (i.e., penalty from an opposing player). In the past two decades, Australian football has improved in nearly all aspects of the game, yet set shot goal kicking accuracy has declined. The purpose of the current pilot study was to investigate whether pressure acclimatization training improves Australian football goal kicking under pressure. Twelve football players assigned to either an experimental (EG) or a control group (CG) completed a pre-intervention test, intervention, and post-intervention test. During the pre-intervention and post-intervention tests, participants attempted 10 goal kicking trials under low pressure (LP) and high pressure (HP) conditions. After five attempts, participants completed an anxiety questionnaire. During the intervention period, the EG practiced under HP, while the CG practiced under LP. These pilot results indicated a significant increase in participants ' anxiety from LP to HP for both groups and a significant decrease in accuracy from pre-intervention to post-intervention. In the post-intervention test, the CG was more accurate under HP than the EG, indicating no significant advantage by practicing under pressure and contradicting other acclimatization studies. These results may ignite a debate about the benefits of acclimatization training, but caution should be exercised when interpreting the results considering the pilot nature of the study. Larger sample sizes should be used to further explore these effects. Future research in acclimatization training is discussed.


Related Articles

  • Innate immune responses to a single session of sprint interval training. Davison, Glen // Applied Physiology, Nutrition & Metabolism;Dec2011, Vol. 36 Issue 6, p395 

    Sprint interval training (SIT) is a potent stimulus for physiological and metabolic adaptations comparable with those induced by traditional "aerobic" endurance training. There has been a great deal of recent research on SIT, which may lead to increased use of this type of training. The purpose...

  • The kinetics of blood lactate in boys during and following a single and repeated all-out sprints of cycling are different than in men. Engel, Florian Azad; Sperlich, Billy; Stockinger, Christian; Härtel, Sascha; Bös, Klaus; Holmberg, Hans-Christer // Applied Physiology, Nutrition & Metabolism;Jun2015, Vol. 40 Issue 6, p623 

    This study characterized the impact of high-intensity interval training on the kinetics of blood lactate and performance in trained boys and men. Twenty-one boys (11.4 ± 0.8 years) and 19 men (29.4 ± 5.0 years) performed a set of four 30-s sprints with 2-min of rest and a single 30-s...

  • Supporting the adolescent mother–infant relationship: preliminary trial of a brief perinatal attachment intervention. Nicolson, Susan; Judd, Fiona; Thomson-Salo, Frances; Mitchell, Sarah // Archives of Women's Mental Health;Dec2013, Vol. 16 Issue 6, p511 

    The purpose of this study is to test a brief, attachment intervention added to routine maternity care that aims to improve the adolescent mother–infant relationship during transition to motherhood. A pre-test, post-test, peer–control–group trial was set in a large tertiary...

  • Changes in morphology and strength following an eight week resistance training programme in post-menopausal, Caucasian women: a pilot investigation. Crymble, T.; Viljoen, J.; Christie, C. // Ergonomics SA;Dec2013, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p32 

    The purpose of the current investigation was to determine the impact of eight weeks of progressive resistance exercise on strength and morphology of previously sedentary, healthy, post-menopausal women. Six women were recruited from the Grahamstown community in the Eastern Cape, South Africa....

  • The effect of functional fatigue on static and dynamic balance in female athletes. Baghbaninaghadehi, Fatemeh; Reza Ramezani, Ali; Hatami, Farzaneh // International SportMed Journal;Jun2013, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p77 

    Background: Balance is one of the critical factors that affects athletes' performances, and is recognized to have a central role in sport injury prevention, while the effect of functional fatigue on static and dynamic balance has not been properly investigated. Research question: To understand...

  • Whey protein and high-volume resistance training in postmenopausal women. Weisgarber, K.; Candow, Darren; Farthing, J. // Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging;May2015, Vol. 19 Issue 5, p511 

    Objectives: To examine the combined effects of whey protein supplementation and low intensity, high-volume resistance training in healthy postmenopausal women. Design, setting and subjects: Postmenopausal women (n=12; age: 57 ± 4.7 years, weight: 75 ± 17.4 kg, height: 163 ± 5.5 cm, body...

  • Hydration Status and Fluid Balance of Elite European Youth Soccer Players during Consecutive Training Sessions. Phillips, Shaun M.; Sykes, Dave; Gibson, Neil // Journal of Sports Science & Medicine;2014, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p817 

    The objective of the study was to investigate the hydration status and fluid balance of elite European youth soccer players during three consecutive training sessions. Fourteen males (age 16.9 ± 0.8 years, height 1.79 ± 0.06 m, body mass (BM) 70.6 ± 5.0 kg) had their hydration status...


    The effect of a 12-week high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE) intervention on the rating of perceived exertion (RPE) response of young males was examined. Participants (N = 38; M BMI = 28.7 kg o m-2, SD = 3.1; M age = 24.9 yr., SD = 4.3) were randomly assigned to either an exercise or...

  • Pre-competitive physical training and markers of performance, stress and recovery in young volleyball athletes. de Freitas, Victor Hugo; Nakamura, Fábio Yuzo; de Andrade, Francine Caetano; Pereira, Lucas Adriano; Coimbra, Danilo Reis; Bara Filho, Maurício Gattás // Brazilian Journal of Kineanthropometry & Human Performance;2015, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p31 

    The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of physical training during a pre-competition period on power and explosive strength endurance of the lower limbs, stress and recovery in young volleyball athletes. Seven male athletes (15.8 ± 0.5 years, 186.1 ± 6.6 cm, 75.9 ± 1.8 kg) of...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics