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dc.contributor.authorCastañer Balcells, Marta
dc.contributor.authorAndueza Azcona, Juan A.
dc.contributor.authorHileno González, Raúl
dc.contributor.authorPuigarnau Coma, Sílvia
dc.contributor.authorPrat Ambrós, Queralt
dc.contributor.authorCamerino Foguet, Oleguer
dc.description.abstractLaterality is a key aspect of the analysis of basic and specific motor skills. It is relevant to sports because it involves motor laterality profiles beyond left-right preference and spatial orientation of the body. The aim of this study was to obtain the laterality profiles of young athletes, taking into account the synergies between the support and precision functions of limbs and body parts in the performance of complex motor skills. We applied two instruments: (a) MOTORLAT, a motor laterality inventory comprising 30 items of basic, specific, and combined motor skills, and (b) the Precision and Agility Tapping over Hoops (PATHoops) task, in which participants had to perform a path by stepping in each of 14 hoops arranged on the floor, allowing the observation of their feet, left-right preference and spatial orientation. A total of 96 young athletes performed the PATHoops task and the 30 MOTORLAT items, allowing us to obtain data about limb dominance and spatial orientation of the body in the performance of complex motor skills. Laterality profiles were obtained by means of a cluster analysis and a correlational analysis and a contingency analysis were applied between the motor skills and spatial orientation actions performed. The results obtained using MOTORLAT show that the combined motor skills criterion (for example, turning while jumping) differentiates athletes' uses of laterality, showing a clear tendency toward mixed laterality profiles in the performance of complex movements. In the PATHoops task, the best spatial orientation strategy was "same way" (same foot and spatial wing) followed by "opposite way" (opposite foot and spatial wing), in keeping with the research assumption that actions unfolding in a horizontal direction in front of an observer's eyes are common in a variety of sports.ca_ES
dc.description.sponsorshipWe gratefully acknowledge the support of INEFC (National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia), and the IRBLLEIDA (Lleida Institute for Biomedical Research Dr. Pifarré Foundation), University of Lleida, Lleida, Spain and the support of two Spanish government projects (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad): (1) La Actividad Física y el Deporte Como Potenciadores del Estilo de Vida Saludable: Evaluación del Comportamiento Deportivo Desde Metodologías no Intrusivas (Grant number DEP2015-66069-P); (2) Avances Metodológicos y Tecnológicos en el Estudio Observacional del Comportamiento Deportivo (PSI2015-71947-REDP); and the support of the Generalitat de Catalunya Research Group, Grup de Recerca i Innovació en Dissenys (GRID). Tecnología i Aplicació Multimedia i Digital als Dissenys Observacionals (Grant number 2017 SGR 1405).ca_ES
dc.publisherFrontiers Mediaca_ES
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dc.relation.ispartofFrontiers In Psychology, 2018, vol. 9, núm. 916ca_ES
dc.rightscc-by, (c) Castañer et al., 2018ca_ES
dc.subjectLaterality profilesca_ES
dc.subjectPATHoops (spatial orientation)ca_ES
dc.subjectMOTORLAT (motor laterality inventory)ca_ES
dc.subjectContralateral synergyca_ES
dc.subjectComplex movementsca_ES
dc.titleProfiles of Motor Laterality in Young Athletes' Performance of Complex Movements: Merging the MOTORLAT and PATHoops Toolsca_ES

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