16th annual ECSS Congress, Liverpool, United Kingdom, 6 - 09 July 2011, pp.1052
The demands on the visual system during athletic performance are among the most rigorous of any activity. Because vision influences the capacity of an athlete to perform the tasks of a sport, scientific research has been performed to investigate the link between skill and vision. Visual system is highly related with proprioceptive system and these systems are affecting mechanism of injuries.
30 subjects (15 injured soccer players and 15 non-injured soccer players) with an average of 22 ±0,93 and 22 ±0,80 respectively. We measured visual concentration (VC) with tachistoscope, eye-hand coordination (EHC) with LaFayette Eye-Hand Coordination Model 58024A, both hand coordination (BHC) with LaFayette Two-Arm Coordination Model 32532 and anticipation time (AT) with LaFayette Bassin Anticipation Timer Model 35575. Data were collected with a questionnaire named Nordic Questionnaire for the analysis of musculoskeletal symptoms in last 12 months. SPSS 14 were used for statistical measurements and correlations between incidence of injury and VC, EHC, BHC, AT.
Injured soccer players have completed all tests with more mistakes and time scores. There were statical significant differences of EHC, BHC and AT measurements between injured and non-injured soccer players (p<0,05). No statical significant difference was observed for VC.
All tests used in this study required several levels of visual skills and in this study we aimed to focus on early visual-processing stage of the sensory-guided behavior. In our study we revealed an association between several visio-motor tests and frequency of injuries in soccer-players. It was reported that elite athletes have better visual skills (3) and we propose that this might also be related with fewer non-contact injuries. Therefore, we are planning further studies about influence of sports vision on sports injuries.
Vision, Soccer, Injury