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The reaction speed (IV): The complex time of reaction

The reaction speed (IV): The complex time of reaction

As we have already commented, the complex time of reaction is the one that takes a long time in reacting to variable stimuli with answers that are also necessary to choose.

This capacity appears in sport many activities, especially in fight sports, collective, or opponents, in those that have to respond in an effective way before the opponent’s (a finta, a blow, etc) action, or of a stimulus that arises in the sport (the address of a ball, etc) action.

The fundamental characteristic of all these activities is the uncertainty that there are so much in the movements that we carry out like in the situations that provoke them. There are two types of uncertainty:

– On the election of the information: Perceptive – anticipation.
– On the election of the answer: Decision.

The difficulty to react to a movement depends on the quantity of uncertainties that are sink. It can be regarding the trajectory of an object, its speed, the movement of the contrary one, etc. And before this, the possible  answers among those that we have to choose the most appropriate.

To have to perceive more elements and the election of the appropriate answer lengthens the time of answer.

The complex time of reaction can be of the order of 0,25 and 1 second, and it can increase if they increase the number of alternatives among those that to choose the answer.

These times are too long before situations that leave at great speed happening. For that reason, if we don’t want to arrive late to all the places, it is necessary to look for resources to be able to react on time, and here it is where the anticipation enters in game.

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F. Javier Molano

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