Several authors have reported importance of visual skills (or sports vision) for sport performance
Visual skills of elite Brazilian soccer players
by: Marcello Alves1, Frank Spaniol & Oscar Erichsen
European Journal of Sports Science (0/0/0000)
Several authors have reported the importance of visual skills (or sports vision) for sport performance, however, little has been investigated about visual skills of soccer players. Thus, the purpose of the study was to investigate the visual skills of elite Brazilian soccer players and compare visual skills scores of players from different age groups and different positions. Fifty male elite Brazilian soccer players from a top soccer club from the main Brazilian soccer league (first division) performed the visual skills test using Vizual Edge Performance Trainer® (VEPT) for the following visual skills: eye alignment, depth perception, convergence, divergence, visual recognition, and visual tracking. No statistical significance was found between the age groups for eye alignment, depth perception, convergence, divergence, visual recognition, and VEPT (combined total score) scores. Conversely, statistical significance was found for visual tracking, in which the Pro (93.4 ± 2.2 %, P = 0.05) and U20 (95.2 ± 1.8 %, P = 0.00) were significantly better than the U15 (85.9 ± 1.8 %). In addition, the U20 (95.2 ± 1.8 %, P = 0.03) was also significantly better than the U17 (87.2 ± 2.1 %). With regards to players of different positions (goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders and forwards), no statistical significance was found for any of the variables tested. In conclusion, the present study reports that the visual skills, more specifically visual tracking, of more developed and experienced elite soccer players (U20 and main squad) are greater than the visual skills of younger and less experienced elite soccer players (U15 and U17).