Authors:Ahmet Rahmi Günay
* (1), Halil Ibrahim Ceylan (2), Filiz Fatma Çolakoğolu (3), Özcan Saygın (4)
(1, 2, 4)
Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Faculty of Sports Sciences, Turkey. (3) Gazi
University, Faculty of Sports Sciences, Turkey.
Halil Ibrahim Ceylan, Research Assistant
Mugla Sitki Kocman University, Faculty of Sports Sciences
Rahmi Günay is a lecturer
and doctoral student at the Gazi University studying Health and Coaching
Sciences. He is also a Volleyball trainer.
(2) Halil İbrahim Ceylan is a Research Assistant and doctoral
student at the Mugla Sitki Kocman University studying Health and Coaching
Fatma Çolakoğlu is a Professor at
the Gazi University studying Training Sciences.
(4) Ozcan Saygin
is a Professor in Sports Exercise Science at the Mugla Sitki Kocman University studying physical activity and
Comparison of Coinciding Anticipation Timing and Reaction Time Performances of Adolescent Female Volleyball Players in Different Playing Positions
The purpose of this study was to
compare coinciding anticipation timing (CAT) and reaction time performance of
adolescent female volleyball players in different playing positions.
Twenty-eight adolescent volleyball players (14 Outside players and 14 Middle players), who played volleyball in licensed infrastructure leagues
and trained 5 days a week regularly, with an average age of 15.0 ± 0.94 years,
participated voluntarily. A Bassin Anticipation Timer was used to measure the
CAT performance of the volleyball players at different stimulation speeds: Slow-
3 mph (1.34 m/s) and Fast- 8 mph (3.58 m/s). Visual, auditory, and mixed
reaction times were measured with the Newtest 1000 Instrument. When the
absolute error scores of volleyball players were compared according to playing
positions, a statistically significant difference was found in the fast speed condition
(t = -2.090, p = .047). A statistically
significant difference was also observed in the mixed reaction time scores (t = -2.163, p = .040). Middle players had better CAT scores in the Fast
condition and mixed reaction time performances than outside
players. This is thought to be due to the different responsibilities of middle players
in the game as compared with outside players. Because both offensive
combinations and block responsibilities are more diversified for Middle players,
CAT and reaction time performance of middle players are of greater importance.
In order to reach top level performance, it is thought that a number of special
exercises, in addition to volleyball training, should be done to improve the
CAT performance. It is recommended to repeat the research in different age
groups, different categories and different positions.