2012 Student Research Conference:
25th Annual Student Research Conference

Positive and Negative Feedback on the Proficiency of Basketball Free-throw Shooting
Rachel P. Swiderski* and Megan Funke
Ms. Evonne C. Bird, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of positive and negative feedback on free throw performance on subjects with minimal to collegiate level basketball experience. Fifteen subjects participated, nine females and six males. All fifteen subjects were asked to shoot 20 free throws, while their results were being videotaped, using the Dartfish software system, and recorded in a notebook. The subjects were then randomly divided into one of three groups; made, missed or control. The made group watched the free throws they made, the missed group watched the ones they missed and the control group took a short break. Each group then shot another 20 free throws to evaluate the impact of feedback on their second round. No statistical significance was found between type of feedback and performance during the second round. However, other studies have found statistical significance. Increasing the sample size and choosing a specific level of experience required for all participants may lead to statistical significance.

Keywords: feedback, basketball, free throw, performance

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 500-11
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 3:30

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