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Effect of heart rate deceleration biofeedback training on golf putting…

by N.M. Damarjian

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The present study examined the effect of heart rate (HR) deceleration biofeedback training on golf putting performance. It was hypothesized that those subjects trained to produce a pattern of HR deceleration (phasic biofeedback) would putt better than those subjects trained to produce a lowered HR level (tonic biofeedback) or those subjects not trained in HR patterning (control). It was also hypothesized that during putting, subjects in the phasic biofeedback condition would show greater HR deceleration during the four seconds preceding stroke initiation than subjects in either the tonic biofeedback or control conditions. The results did not support the first hypothesis. The phasic biofeedback group did not putt significantly better than the tonic biofeedback and control groups. The results of this study did not provide support for the second hypothesis. The phasic biofeedback condition did not show greater HR deceleration than the tonic biofeedback or control conditions. Self-report measures of attentional focus did not help explain the results of this study. It is possible that although subjects in the biofeedback conditions learned to control their HR during training, the transfer of this skill was inhibited due to the constant schedule of feedback during training. Future research is needed to determine the biofeedback procedures that optimize the retention and transfer of HR decelerationfrom training to the preshot routine of the golf putt.

Uh, "skill in a box"? The assumption that just training the heart rate "effect" will "cause" better results is a throw back to the old Behavioralists "black box" beliefs. These notions have been invalidated in motor sports science now for thirty years, so it is a wonder that "PE Department scientists" don't read their own newsletters before designing one of their cookie-cutter research protocols for empirical ground-up data gathering, when the top-down dogma says "don't bother with that approach."
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