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The BASES Expert Statement on the Effectiveness of Vision Training Programmes

Smeeton, NJ, Page, J, Causer, J, Wilson, M, Gray, R and Williams, AM (2013) The BASES Expert Statement on the Effectiveness of Vision Training Programmes. The Sport and Exercise Scientist (38). pp. 12-13. ISSN 1754-3444

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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, Winter 2013, issue 38. Published by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences - www.bases.org.uk
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2015 07:49
Last Modified: 19 Apr 2022 15:55
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2064
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