ballistic response

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A task accomplished by a movement so quick that, once initiated, it cannot be voluntarily changed except for minor adjustments. The fast movement usually takes less than 0.2 s. The ballistic response explains why there is not much point in a player keeping his or her eye on a ball during the last quarter second before hitting or catching it, as the movement is already committed. Of course, the player may still miss the ball.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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