VR simulations shed potential light on goalkeepers' ability to stop free kicks

December 23, 2020

Virtual reality simulations of football (soccer) free kicks suggests placing a defensive wall can block a goalie's view and hamper their performance - and simulations might be useful in other sports too.
Article Title: "A goalkeeper's performance in stopping free kicks reduces when the defensive wall blocks their initial view of the ball"

Funding: The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme FP7-CIG under grant agreement n° [334202], awarded to Joost C. Dessing, and from the European Research Council under grant agreement n° [210007], awarded to Cathy Craig. The work is part of a PhD project that has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklowdowska-Curie grant agreement n° 754507. Alan Cummins's contribution was also funded through a project within an Impact Accelerator Award from the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/R511602/1), awarded to Queen's University Belfast. The funders provided support in the form of salaries for authors and purchasing of equipment but did not have any additional role in the study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. The specific roles of these authors are articulated in the 'author contributions' section.

Competing Interests: The authors have declared that no competing interests exist. Although Professor Craig is now the CEO of INCISIV Ltd., a commercial entity (founded in May 2018), INCISIV Ltd. has had nothing to do with the design of our study, has not funded it nor is it set to gain financially from the results. None of our results can be commercialized by this company. The affiliation with INCISIV Ltd. does not alter our adherence to PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Article URL: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0243287


Related Football Articles from Brightsurf:

Reasons for football injuries
If professional footballers are out of action due to injuries, this can have serious consequences for the club.

The best players are passionate about football
Sogndal football/soccer teams from Vestland county in Norway have now been studied by specialists.

Study provides the first data on concussion risk in youth football
'These are the first biomechanical data characterizing concussion risk in kids,' said Steve Rowson, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and mechanics and the director of the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab.

Changes in cardiovascular risk factors among college football players
Researchers recruited 126 college football players from two programs in Georgia and South Carolina to examine over three years how cardiovascular risk factors emerged and changed, including weight, blood pressure and heart structure and function.

Over-conditioning kills: Non-traumatic fatalities in football is preventable
Most non-traumatic fatalities among high school and college football athletes do not occur while playing the game of football, but rather during conditioning sessions which are often associated with overexertion or punishment drills required by coaches and team staff, according to research presented today at the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting.

American football: The first quarter is crucial
Researchers from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire have found evidence that players born in the first quarter of the year are more likely to play in the National Football League.

How do professional football players perform under immense pressure?
Professional football players need to keep a cool head during a match, but some are better at this than others.

New findings on concussion in football's youngest players
New research from Seattle Children's Research Institute and UW Medicine's Sports Health and Safety Institute found concussion rates among football players ages 5-14 were higher than previously reported, with five out of every 100 youth, or 5 percent, sustaining a football-related concussion each season.

Youth football changes nerve fibers in brain
MRI scans show that repetitive blows to the head result in brain changes among youth football players, according to a new study.

Playing youth football could affect brain development
Young football players may experience a disruption in brain development after a single season of the sport, according to a new study.

Read More: Football News and Football Current Events
Brightsurf.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.