THE IMPACT OF VISION AND VISION TRAINING ON SPORT PERFORMANCE

THE IMPACT OF VISION AND VISION TRAINING ON SPORT PERFORMANCE

Duane Knudson, Ph.D., Baylor University
and
Darlene A. Kluka, Ph.D., University of Central Oklahoma

Reprinted with permission from the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, April 1997. JOPERD is a publication of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091, USA. All rights reserved.

Summary. It is important for teachers and coaches of motor skills to utilize safety procedures and protective equipment in supervising sports with a risk of eye injury. Teachers and coaches should also be aware of how vision affects instruction and performance, and the growing body of sport vision research. Interested readers are referred to several sources (Abernethy, 1986; Blundell, 1985; Fiske, 1993; McNaughton, 1986; Sherman, 1980). Coaches and athletes must understand that the visual demands of most sports can result in visual errors by officials and performers. Knowledge of the limits of the visual system will help the movement professional plan appropriate instruction and feedback.

Although physical education teachers and coaches are aware of safety procedures and protective equipment for the eyes in many sports, many may not be aware of facts about human vision that are relevant to sport. Visual abilities affect sport performance, the acquisition of motor skills, and can be improved with training. This article summarizes important vision information related to performance in sport, shows how teachers can easily use vision training to improve performance, and provides practical examples of applying this knowledge in teaching (examples are in bold italics).

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