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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02279

Effects of a computerized training on attentional capacity of young soccer players

  • 1University of Málaga, Spain
  • 2Junta de Andalucía, Spain
  • 3Departamento Psicología Social, Trabajo Social, Antropología Social y Estudios de Asia Oriental, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
  • 4Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación, Universidad de Málaga, Spain

The purpose of this work was to analyze the effects of a computerized training on attentional capacity in a group of young soccer players. 75 male adolescents from two soccer clubs in the city of Malaga (Spain) and aged between 14 and 18 (15.45 ± 1.43 years), participated in the investigation. A quasi-experimental design was used, and the adolescents were divided into control (n= 38) and experimental (n= 37) groups. The experimental group underwent a computerized training (Rejilla 1.0) of their attention during 9 weeks and 27 sessions. In addition, the D2 attention test was used to analyze the evolution of participants after the intervention program. The results showed positive effects of the computerized intervention program on selective attention, observing changes both in the executions of the software used (p< .001, Cohen’s d= 1.58, 95% CI [1.06, 2.11]) and in the main measures of the D2 test, total effectiveness (p< .001, Cohen’s d= .62, 95% CI [.15, 1.08]) and concentration (p< .01, Cohen’s d= .48, 95% CI [.02, .94]).

Keywords: Attention, cognitive functioning, Soccer, computerized training, selective attention

Received: 26 Jun 2019; Accepted: 23 Sep 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Reigal, González-Guirval, Morillo Baro, Morales-Sánchez, Juárez-Ruiz de Mier and Hernández-Mendo. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Antonio Hernández-Mendo, University of Málaga, Málaga, 29071, Andalusia, Spain, mendo@uma.es