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Preliminary Investigation of Executive Functions in Elite Ice Hockey Players
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Biological psychology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2598-171X
2016 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, ISSN 1932-927X, Vol. 10, no 4, 324-335 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Elite level ice hockey places high demands on player’s physical and technical attributes as well as on cognitive and executive functions. There is, however, a notable lack of research on these attributes and functions. The present study investigated executive function with selected tests from the D-KEFS test battery among 48 ice hockey players and compared them to a standardized sample. Results show that ice hockey players’ scores were significantly higher on Design Fluency (DF) compared with the standardized sample score. Elite players’ scores were not significantly higher than those of lower-league hockey players. A significant correlation was found between on-ice performance and Trail Making Test (TMT) scores. Exploratory analysis showed that elite-level center forwards scored significantly higher on DF than did players in other positions. Future research should investigate whether assessment of executive function should be taken into account, in addition to physical and technical skills, when scouting for the next ice hockey star.

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2016. Vol. 10, no 4, 324-335 p.
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elite ice hockey, executive functions, performance
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Social Sciences Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-140922DOI: 10.1123/jcsp.2015-0030OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-140922DiVA: diva2:1083921
Available from: 2017-03-23 Created: 2017-03-23 Last updated: 2017-03-23Bibliographically approved

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