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NCAA Division I student-athletes possess superior visual skills when compared to non student-athlete

An Evaluation of Visual Skills of Athletes and Non-Athletes

by: Renae Hudak
Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi (8/27/2012)

Presenter:                                             Renae Hudak

Title of Presentation:                          An Evaluation of Visual Skills of Athletes and Non-Athletes

Department:                                         Kinesiology

Mentors:                                               Dr. Frank Spaniol

Institution:                                             Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi

 

In recent years there has been an increased interest in examining visual skills and athletics participation. The purpose of this study was to investigate the visual skills of student athletes vs. non student-athletes.  The research was conducted on NCAA Division I student-athletes consisting of baseball, softball and, volleyball players (n=72), and non student-athletes (n=30), all ranging from the ages of 18-25. Visual skills were assessed by the Visual Edge Performance Trainer (VEPT) software program and included tests for visual alignment, depth perception, visual flexibility, visual recognition, and visual tracking, which resulted in a composite VEPT score.  A t-test for independent samples was utilized to analyze the mean VEPT scores of the two samples with an alpha level of .05. The results indicated a significant difference in the two examined groups with a P value at 0.0393.  Statistical analysis indicated that that NCAA Division I student-athletes possess superior visual skills when compared to non student-athletes.

An Evaluation of Visual Skills of Athletes and Non-Athletes

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McNair_VEPT_Poster_Hudak_20121004.pdf


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