Mind in Motion: Exploring Neuropsychophysiological Aspects of Sports Performance, Health and Physical Activity

A special issue of Brain Sciences (ISSN 2076-3425). This special issue belongs to the section "Sensory and Motor Neuroscience".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 September 2024 | Viewed by 1572

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Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue delves into the fascinating intersections of the human mind, body, and athletic engagement. In an era where sports and physical activity are integral to well-being, understanding the neuropsychophysiological dimensions is of pivotal importance. Historically, pioneers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries laid the foundation by exploring the role of mental states and physiological responses in sports. As technology advanced, so did our ability to examine the brain–body relationship during physical activity. Today, with cutting-edge tools such as neuroimaging and wearable sensors, we can unravel the secrets of neuropsychophysiology in ways never before possible.

The importance of this Special Issue lies in its potential to revolutionize sports, health, and physical activity domains. Insights into the brain–body relationship during sport-related activity offer promising avenues for enhancing athletic performance, optimizing training regimens, and preventing injuries. Moreover, this knowledge has broader implications for public health by promoting an active lifestyle and mitigating sedentary behavior.

Within this Special Issue, we provide a comprehensive overview of current research in neuropsychophysiology within the context of sports and physical activity. By fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, we aim to propel scientific advancements, inspire innovative approaches, and influence the practice of sports science and medicine. Within this Special Issue, we cordially invite scientists, researchers, and experts to contribute their latest research and findings. We encourage you to submit your original scientific papers addressing neuropsychophysiological aspects within the context of sports, health, physical activity, and motor performance (i.e. military contexts). Your contributions will play a crucial role in expanding our knowledge and promoting significant advancements in these key fields. We await your valuable contributions.

Prof. Dr. Ricardo De La Vega Marcos
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  • neuropsychophysiology
  • sports performance
  • physical activity
  • brain–body interaction
  • psychophysiological responses
  • health and well-being

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Fast and Stable Responses during Decision Making Require Strong Inhibitory Processes in Soccer Players
by Takahiro Matsutake, Hiroki Nakata, Genta Matsuo, Takayuki Natsuhara, Kisho Zippo, Kouki Watanabe and Takayuki Sugo
Brain Sci. 2024, 14(3), 199; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci14030199 - 22 Feb 2024
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Quick decision making is a vital factor for a successful pass in soccer games. Many previous studies of decision making in soccer focused on motor execution, but inhibitory processing has remained unclear. This study aimed to clarify the differences in motor execution and [...] Read more.
Quick decision making is a vital factor for a successful pass in soccer games. Many previous studies of decision making in soccer focused on motor execution, but inhibitory processing has remained unclear. This study aimed to clarify the differences in motor execution and inhibitory among Japanese collegiate soccer players with different skill levels. We evaluated the behavioral data and event-related potentials in the high-skilled, low-skilled, and novice groups during the Go/No-go and pass choice reaction tasks. The reaction time (RT) was significantly shorter in the high group than in the novice group, and RT variability was small in the high group. The amplitude of the N2 component was significantly larger in the high group than in the low and novice groups, and the latency of the P3 component was significantly shorter in the high and low groups than in the novice group during the pass choice reaction task. The subtracted No-go N2 amplitude was also significantly larger in the high and low groups than in the novice group, and correlations existed between the RT, RT variability, and the subtracted No-go N2 amplitude during these tasks. These data indicate that soccer players’ behavioral responses and inhibition processing decision-making activities are associated with skill levels. Full article
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