The value of training accommodative facility for ball sports

Atchison, David A., Mon-Williams, Mark, Tresilian, James, Stark, Lawrence R., & Strang, Niall C. (1997) The value of training accommodative facility for ball sports. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 80(4), pp. 127-132.


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.

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ID Code: 5166
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: accommodation, accommodative facility, baseball, cricket, sports vision, vision therapy
ISSN: 0816-4622
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1997 Optometrists Association Australia
Copyright Statement: The contents of this journal from 1998 to 2005 can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link).
Deposited On: 09 Oct 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:39

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