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Research article
The Impact of a Sports Vision Training Program in Youth Field Hockey Players
Sebastian Schwab , Daniel Memmert
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German Sport University Cologne, Institute of Cognitive and Team/Racket Sport Research, Köln, Germany

Sebastian Schwab
✉ German Sport University Cologne, Institute of Cognitive and Team/Racket Sport Research, Am Sportpark Müngersdorf 6, 50933 Köln, Germany
Email: s.schwab@dshs-koeln.de
Publish Date
Received: 20-03-2012
Accepted: 28-07-2012
Published (online): 01-12-2012
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ABSTRACT

The aim of this study was to investigate whether a sports vision training program improves the visual performance of youth male field hockey players, ages 12 to 16 years, after an intervention of six weeks compared to a control group with no specific sports vision training. The choice reaction time task at the D2 board (Learning Task I), the functional field of view task (Learning Task II) and the multiple object tracking (MOT) task (Transfer Task) were assessed before and after the intervention and again six weeks after the second test. Analyzes showed significant differences between the two groups for the choice reaction time task at the D2 board and the functional field of view task, with significant improvements for the intervention group and none for the control group. For the transfer task, we could not find statistically significant improvements for either group. The results of this study are discussed in terms of theoretical and practical implications.

Key words: Sports vision, perception, choice reaction time


           Key Points
  • Perceptual training with youth field hockey players
  • Can a sports vision training program improve the visual performance of youth male field hockey players, ages 12 to 16 years, after an intervention of six weeks compared to a control group with no specific sports vision training?
  • The intervention was performed in the “VisuLab” as DynamicEye SportsVision Training at the German Sport University Cologne.
  • We ran a series of 3 two-factor univariate analysis of variance (ANOVA) with repeated measures on both within subject independent variables (group; measuring point) to examine the effects on central perception, peripheral perception and choice reaction time.
  • The present study shows an improvement of certain visual abilities with the help of the sports vision training program.
 
 
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