Volume 4, Number 2 (Spring 2016-- 2016)                   PCP 2016, 4(2): 113-120 | Back to browse issues page




DOI: 10.15412/J.JPCP.06040206

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Maleki B, Vaez Mousavi M, Ghasemi A. The Effect of Working Memory Training on Working Memory Capacity and Performance of Novice Karateka. PCP. 2016; 4 (2) :113-120
URL: http://jpcp.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-324-en.html

1- - Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
2- PhD Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Imam Hossein University, Tehran, Iran.
3- phd Department of Physical Education and Sport Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran.
Abstract:   (974 Views)

Objective: This study aimed to investigate the effect of working memory (WM) training on WM capacity and performance of novice karate practitioners (karateka).
Methods: Research method is quasi-experimental with a pretest posttest control group design. A total of 24 karate practitioners were selected among Alborz (Alborz Province, iran) novice karateka by convenience sampling method and were randomly assigned into control and experimental groups. They were asked to complete WM capacity test and performance test. Then, the experimental group underwent a 25 session WM training course. Finally, both group completed the tests again. Instruments of gathering data included digit and spatial WM test, performance test, and WM training software. We used 1-way analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) for data analysis.
Results: Our findings showed that WM training resulted in increase in WM capacity (F=61.87, P≤ 0.01) and performance (F=15.5, P≤0.01) of the intervention group.
Conclusion: We suggest that coaches ask athletes to use WM training as a complement to physical exercises.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Cognitive behavioral
Received: 2015/10/18 | Accepted: 2016/02/10 | Published: 2016/04/1

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