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The value of training accommodative facility for ball sports

Atchison, D., Mon-Williams, M., Tresilian, J., Stark, L.R. and Strang, N.C. (1997) The value of training accommodative facility for ball sports. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 80 (4). pp. 127-132. ISSN 0816-4622

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We address the issue of training accommodative facility as a means of improving performance in ball sports. Presenting examples from the game of baseball, we show that dynamic accommodation is unlikely to play an important role in ball skills. The movement speed of the ball combined with the last possible time at which visual information can be converted to motor action means that accommodation cannot provide useful information on the time to contact of the ball. In addition, we question whether altering accommodation to provide a clear retinal image of an approaching target is necessary for most ball sport skills.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Medicine and Health (Leeds) > School of Psychology (Leeds) > Cognitive Psychology (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 14:18
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2009 14:47
Status: Published
Publisher: Optometrists Association Australia
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8887

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