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Application of Psychophysiological Methods in Sport Science Research

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Biosciences and Bioengineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 July 2022) | Viewed by 5268

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Education Faculty, Autonomous University of Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain
Interests: human exercise, biomechanics and sport physiology and performance, with application in the field of sport training, with specific interest in determinant factors of performance in team-sports
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Sport Sciences Research Centre, Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid, Spain
Interests: force-velocity profiling; strength and conditioning; athlete testing and monitoring; sprinting; jumping; fatigue; optimized training
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Dpto. Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment, University of Granada, Granada, Spain
Interests: personality; perfectionism; prosociality; psychological adjustment; psychological suffering; psychological tolerance

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Dear Colleagues,

A psychophysiological perspective offers many opportunities for the advancement of sport theory and practice. This Special Issue aims to bring together a number of papers describing studies that have utilized innovative approaches relying on cutting-edge technology in psychophysiology and neuroscience, to help us to better understand the psychology of human performance, offer new possibilities for performance-enhancing interventions, and suggest new and hopefully efficacious approaches for enhanced sport performance.

The analysis of the psychophysiological response allows a precise and objective evaluation of the adaptation of the organism to the sports and/or motor context. In this sense, it is perceived from an enrichment perspective in the cognitive, emotional, or behavioral evaluation that occurs, resulting as a complementary dimension of great help in the interpretation of motor behavior.

All researchers who use the measurement of psychophysiological components are invited to send us their research in a way that allows progress in this exciting field of study and research.

Prof. Dr. Ricardo De La Vega Marcos
Dr. Víctor Cuadrado-Peñafiel
Dr. Pedro Jiménez-Reyes
Dr. Juan Gonzalez Hernandez
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Keywords

  • psychophysiology
  • sport
  • performance
  • stress

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A Multiple-Choice Maze-like Spatial Navigation Task for Humans Implemented in a Real-Space, Multipurpose Circular Arena
by Pablo Muela, Elisa Cintado, Patricia Tezanos, Benjamín Fernández-García, Cristina Tomás-Zapico, Eduardo Iglesias-Gutiérrez, Angel Enrique Díaz Martínez, Ray G. Butler, Victor Cuadrado-Peñafiel, Ricardo De la Vega, Vanesa Soto-León, Antonio Oliviero, Laura López-Mascaraque and José Luis Trejo
Appl. Sci. 2022, 12(19), 9707; https://doi.org/10.3390/app12199707 - 27 Sep 2022
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Spatial navigation is a key aspect of human behavior and it is still not completely understood. A number of experimental approaches exist, although most of the published data in the last decades have relied on virtual maze on-screen simulation or not-completely freely moving [...] Read more.
Spatial navigation is a key aspect of human behavior and it is still not completely understood. A number of experimental approaches exist, although most of the published data in the last decades have relied on virtual maze on-screen simulation or not-completely freely moving 3D devices. Some interesting recent developments, such as circular mazes, have contributed to analyze critical aspects of freely moving human spatial navigation in real space, although dedicated protocols only allow for simple approaches. Here, we have developed both specifically designed and home-assembled hardware equipment, and a customized protocol for spatial navigation evaluation in freely moving humans in a real space circular arena. The spatial navigation protocol poses an imitation of a real-space multiple-choice path maze with cul-de-sac and instances of non-linear movement. We have compared the results of this system to those of a number of validated, both virtual and real, spatial navigation tests in a group of participants. The system composed by hardware, the test protocol, and dedicated measure analysis designed in our laboratory allows us to evaluate human spatial navigation in a complex maze with a small and portable structure, yielding a highly flexible, adaptable, and versatile access to information about the subjects’ spatial navigation abilities. Full article
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A Systematic Review of the Effects of Football Playing on Changes in Serum Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Level
by Randall Gutiérrez-Vargas, Alexis Ugalde-Ramírez, Markel Rico-González, José Pino-Ortega, Juan González-Hernández and Daniel Rojas-Valverde
Appl. Sci. 2021, 11(24), 11828; https://doi.org/10.3390/app112411828 - 13 Dec 2021
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Background: Consistent evidence suggests that exercise improves cognition and decision making, with preliminary evidence suggesting that brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNFs) may mediate these effects on high-intensity interval activities, such as in football playing. We conducted a systematic review of studies on football players [...] Read more.
Background: Consistent evidence suggests that exercise improves cognition and decision making, with preliminary evidence suggesting that brain-derived neurotrophic factors (BDNFs) may mediate these effects on high-intensity interval activities, such as in football playing. We conducted a systematic review of studies on football players or football task interventions that evaluated the causality of exercise or its relationship with changes in the basal BDNF level. Methods: The search was conducted in PubMed, SPORTDiscus, Cochrane, and FECYT (Web of Sciences, CCC, DIIDW, KJD, MEDLINE, RSCI, and SCIELO) according to the guidelines for performing systematic reviews in the sport sciences field. Results: From the 44 studies initially identified, seven studies were fully reviewed, and their outcome measures were extracted and analysed. In the scientific study of football, the studies published thus far have explored the relationship of serum BDNF levels and other cognitive function factors with the genetic expression of polymorphisms, the anthropometric and fitness conditions, the acute exercise effect of the match, and the typical actions of the match such as heading. Conclusions: The heterogeneity of designs and variables evaluated in studies related to BDNF exercise or interaction and football playing does not allow us to conclusively determine that there is a relationship with the cause or effect of genetic, anthropometric, or conditional factors that derive from an increase in BDNF due to actions during the playing of football. Full article
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