Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Vision Science

Committee Chair

William E. Preston


Four college-aged women gymnasts participated in a study to investigate the effect visual inhibition had on their gymnastic development and performance. Five experimental sessions were designed where the gymnasts wore "fogging" hydrophilic contact lenses during regular practice sessions. Written responses to both a pre- and post-study survey were presented by the subjects. The subjects felt the inhibited vision hindered spatial localization, heightened awareness of body parts, enhanced their ability to inhibit fear and had mixed opinions with respect to the effects of timing, rhythm, and balance.

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