The BASES expert statement on the effectiveness of vision training programmes

Page, Jenny L. (2013) The BASES expert statement on the effectiveness of vision training programmes. The Sport and Exercise Scientist, 38. pp. 12-13.

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Abstract

Two types of vision training programmes exist, namely, generalised vision training (GVT) and sport-specific vision training (SVT). GVT programmes are designed to improve basic visual function (e.g., depth perception, motion perception and peripheral vision). A range of exercises is typically used by vision specialists such as optometrists and ophthalmologists. Although these specialists usually work to assist individuals with visual deficiencies, more recently the same methods have been used with athletes in an effort to improve sports performance. Whilst there is anecdotal support for the use of GVT programmes, there remains a paucity of empirical evidence to suggest that such training improves sports performance. Conversely, research on SVT has been shown to lead to task-specific improvements in sports performance (Smeeton et al., 2005; Williams et al., 2002). Here, we summarise scientific research that examines the utility of both types of training programmes for performance enhancement in sport.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: “First published in The Sport and Exercise Scientist, Issue 38, Winter 2013. Published by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences – www.bases.org.uk”
Uncontrolled Keywords: GVT, SVT, visual function, depth perception, motion perception, peripheral vision, optometry, ophthalmology
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
R Medicine > RE Ophthalmology
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Jenny Smith
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2014 12:06
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2014 12:06
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/1138

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