Hand preference patterns in expert basketball players: Interrelations between basketball-specific and everyday life behavior

Stöckel, Tino; Vater, Christian (2014). Hand preference patterns in expert basketball players: Interrelations between basketball-specific and everyday life behavior. Human movement science, 38, pp. 143-151. Elsevier 10.1016/j.humov.2014.09.002

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In the present study we examined the interrelation of everyday life handedness and hand preference in basketball, as an area of expertise that requires individuals being proficient with both their nondominant and dominant hand. A secondary aim was to elucidate the link between basketball-specific practice, hand preference in basketball and everyday life handedness. Therefore, 176 expert basketball players self-reported their hand preference for activities of daily living and for basketball-specific behavior as well as details about their basketball-specific history via questionnaire. We found that compared to the general population the one-hand bias was significantly reduced for both everyday life and basketball-specific hand preference (i.e., a higher prevalence of mixed-handed individuals), and that both concepts were significantly related. Moreover, only preference scores for lay-up and dribbling skills were significantly related to measures of basketball-specific practice. Consequently, training-induced modulations of lateral preference seem to be very specific to only a few basketball-specific skills, and do not generalize to other skills within the domain of basketball nor do they extend into everyday life handedness. The results are discussed in terms of their relevance regarding theories of handedness and their practical implications for the sport of basketball.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Science IV

UniBE Contributor:

Vater, Christian

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

0167-9457

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Christian Vater

Date Deposited:

16 Oct 2014 14:31

Last Modified:

20 Mar 2019 08:36

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.humov.2014.09.002

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.59332

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/59332

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