Bend it like Beckham, but better


October 10 2011: Recent research by two EFT experts suggests that EFT could enhance footballing prowess.

In a randomised controlled trial, Dr Tam Llewellyn-Edwards and Mair Llewellyn-Edwards measured the effects of a short EFT session on the goal-scoring ability of players from two ladies’ soccer teams.

“We were able to demonstrate a significant improvement in goal-scoring ability from a dead ball situation following a short EFT session,” says Tam.

“Our results reflect those found in a similar trial involving basketball players in America.”

In the UK study, the subjects were all members of Keepmoat Stadium Ladies FC in Doncaster, for which the authors already provide psychological coaching.

“Our study subjects are familiar with EFT and have some experience in its use and advantages so this made a blind test impossible,” Tam explains. “However, we also included an uncontrolled trial for the senior players.”

The study was carried out during practice sessions at The Keepmoat Stadium’s five-a-side outdoor training pitch. Altogether 26 players took part from the senior and under-16 teams.

Tam describes how it worked: “After their normal warm-up, we explained the trial process to all the participants. Each player took two sets of five dead-ball kicks at a standard five-a-side goal (5 metres by 1.2 metres) from a distance of 13.5 metres.

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“There was no goalkeeper in order to reduce the uncontrolled variables, but only kicks which entered the goal in the two outer thirds of its width were counted as scores. Those which entered the centre third of the goal were considered as being ‘saved’.

“After the first 10 kicks the players were given a short coaching session and then they each took 10 more kicks. The aim was to determine whether the coaching sessions made a significant difference in performance, rather than to assess the performance of the individual players.”

The coaching consisted of a group ‘borrowing benefits’ EFT session delivered by the authors. The players were asked to tap and consider what may have hindered their performance in the earlier session, as well as listen to others in their group discuss their reasons. Meanwhile the control group underwent a discussion with their regular trainers which focused on improving their shooting technique.

After the coaching, the groups took a further ten shots at goal as before, under identical conditions and the scoring rates were again recorded.
Statistical analysis of the recorded data showed a significant improvement in performance after coaching among the senior group of players. The performance of the control group showed no significant difference.

For further details of the methods used and the statistical analysis, visit Energy Practitioners World-Wide Net or contact tam email.

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