Relationship between mode of sport training and general cognitive performance

Erik Chih Hung Chang, Chien Heng Chu, Costas I. Karageorghis, Chun Chih Wang, Jack Han Chao Tsai, Yung Shun Wang, Yu Kai Chang*

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Purpose To investigate whether athletes who engage in different modes of sports training correspondingly exhibit different patterns of performance on general cognition tasks. Methods Sixty participants were recruited into an endurance, motorically complex, or control group, and were administered a series of physical tests and neuropsychological assessments. Results Athletes in the endurance group demonstrated the highest levels of cardiovascular fitness and those in the motorically complex group exhibited the highest levels of motor fitness. Nonetheless, no differences in cognitive performance were observed between the 3 groups. Conclusion These findings indicate that the mode of sport training, which results in either high cardiovascular or high motor fitness, bears no relationship to measures of general cognition in elite athletes. The present findings suggest that coaches and athletic trainers should be encouraged to monitor athletes' stress levels during training in order to maximize the beneficial effects of such training on general cognitive performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-95
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Sport and Health Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Mar 1
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive function
  • Executive control
  • Expert
  • Motor fitness
  • Physical fitness
  • Sport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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