Using a situation awareness approach to determine decision-making behaviour in squash

Murray, Stafford, James, Nic ORCID:, Perš, Janez, Mandeljc, Rok and Vučković, Goran (2018) Using a situation awareness approach to determine decision-making behaviour in squash. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36 (12) . pp. 1415-1422. ISSN 0264-0414 [Article] (doi:10.1080/02640414.2017.1389485)

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Situation awareness (SA) refers to the awareness of all relevant sources of information, an ability to synthesise this information using domain knowledge gained from past experiences and the ability to physically respond to a situation. Expert-novice differences have been widely reported in decision-making in complex situations although determining the small differences in expert behaviour are more elusive. This study considered how expert squash players use SA to decide on what shot to play. Matches at the 2010 (n = 14) and 2011 (n = 27) Rowe British Grand Prix were recorded and processed using Tracker software. Shot type, ball location, players' positions on court and movement parameters between the time an opponent played a shot prior to the player's shot to the time of the opponent's following shot were captured 25 times per second. Six SA clusters were named to relate to the outcome of a shot ranging from a defensive shot played under pressure to create time to an attempted winner played under no pressure with the opponent out of position. This new methodology found fine-grained SA differences in expert behaviour, even for the same shot type played from the same court area, beyond the usual expert-novice differences.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > London Sport Institute
Item ID: 22720
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Sports Sciences on 09/10/2017, available online:
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Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2017 15:51
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