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Thesis

Sport specific visual performance weighting in elite athletes

1 May 1990

Abstract

A systematic sport-specific visual performance weighting and profiling system is introduced. Issues of increased value, decreased variability, and clearer understanding of relationships of athletic performance to visual and visual-motor performance are addressed. The proposed system analyzes the visual task demands of different sports and positions within sport when preparing a visual performance profile and determines a relative importance factor by sport for each skill tested. The weighting system is based upon a standardized visual performance evaluation format already in use. The system may then be tested to determine if relationships of sport-specific visual and visual-motor performance to athletic performance is enhanced by use of a weighted importance factor. Computerized determination of visual performance indexing is proposed. Future considerations, research-oriented performance testing, and systematic indexing are addressed.


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