An assessment of the efficacy of sports vision training programs

Wood, Joanne M. and Abernethy, Bruce (1997) An assessment of the efficacy of sports vision training programs. Optometry and Vision Science, 74 8: 646-659. doi:10.1097/00006324-199708000-00026

Author Wood, Joanne M.
Abernethy, Bruce
Title An assessment of the efficacy of sports vision training programs
Journal name Optometry and Vision Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1040-5488
Publication date 1997-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1097/00006324-199708000-00026
Volume 74
Issue 8
Start page 646
End page 659
Total pages 14
Place of publication Philadelphia, PA, United States
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background. The claim that sports vision training programs can enhance visual skills and the level of sporting performance was investigated. Methods. Thirty young subjects were assigned equally to visual training, reading (placebo), and control groups. Visual and motor tests were administered before and after 4 weeks of training or control activity to determine whether any improvements in performance had occurred. Results. Significant improvements on some aspects of vision were apparent for the visual training group, but their improvements in both vision and motor performance were no greater than for either of the other groups. Discussion. There was no evidence for visual training improving either visual or motor performance beyond levels due simply to test familiarity. The benefits of the visual training exercises commonly used by optometrists to enhance sports performance are therefore open to question.
Keyword Sports vision
Vision training
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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