Preparatory heart rate patterns in competitive rifle shooting.

  title={Preparatory heart rate patterns in competitive rifle shooting.},
  author={Niilo Konttinen and Heikki Lyytinen and Jukka H. T. Viitasalo},
  journal={Journal of sports sciences},
  volume={16 3},
In this study, we examined the relationship between preparatory heart rate patterns and competitive shooting performance. Cardiac activity was recorded from six elite and six non-elite male rifle shooters during the 6 s before the trigger pull. The assessment of shooting performance was based on three variables: shooting score, rifle stability and electromyographic (EMG) activity in the upper body. Each shooter showed a decrease in the pre-trigger heart rate that did not covary with the… CONTINUE READING