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ERIC Number: EJ847347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0270-1367
In Search of the Loci for Sex Differences in Throwing: The Effects of Physical Size and Differential Recruitment Rates on High Levels of Dart Performance
Duffy, Linda J.; Ericsson, K. Anders; Baluch, Bahman
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, v78 n2 p71-78 Mar 2007
Contemporary accounts of sex differences in perceptual-motor performance differ in their emphasis on nature and nurture. Study 1 examined the effect of extensive training on one of the largest sex differences, namely accuracy in dart throwing, and found that physical differences in height and reach could not explain sex differences in regional/national level dart players. Study 2 rejected accounts of sex differences based on participation rates by showing that male players recruited from a relatively small pool of club players were superior to the best female players selected from a much larger pool at the international level. Alternative accounts of the source of sex differences in darts, based on male and female players' differential development and practice histories, are discussed. (Contains 2 tables, 1 figure and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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