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Superior Performance In WAIS-R Block Design Among Top-Level Rugby Players
  1. Satoshi Kasahara (namahage{at}king.odn.ne.jp)
  1. Fukushima Medical University, Japan
    1. Hirobumi Mashiko
    1. Fukushima Medical University, Japan
      1. Shin-Ichi Niwa
      1. Fukushima Medical University, Japan

        Abstract

        Objective & Design: Following a report that a well-known soccer player achieved a perfect score on the Block Design subtest of WAIS-R, WAIS-R was conducted on 31 skilled rugby players.

        Participants: Twenty-seven of the 31 players were recruited for further analyses.

        Results: In 14 of 27 players, Block Design scores were the highest of the 11 subtests. In addition to Block Design scores that exceeded the scores for the other subtests, the playersf Block Design scores were also better than scores for the standard sample.

        Conclusions: The Block Design is related to spatial cognitive ability. These results showed that highly skilled players of field and ball games possess high spatial cognitive abilities.

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