The role of vision and visual skills in rhythmic gymnastics

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. J.T. Ferreira en_US
dc.contributor.author Potgieter, Karin
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-16T10:01:49Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-16T10:01:49Z
dc.date.issued 2012-04-16
dc.date.submitted 2007
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/4611
dc.description M.Phil. en_US
dc.description.abstract The sport of rhythmic gymnastics combines vision with eye-hand/body coordination and balance in a dynamic setting. Sports vision may give rhythmic gymnasts the visual edge they need for top performance. The sample of 62 rhythmic gymnasts was randomly divided into two comparable groups of 32 gymnasts (experimental group) and 30 gymnasts (control group) each. The goals of this study were to identify the visual skills important to rhythmic gymnasts, to explore whether these skills could be improved by means of an intervention programme and to investigate whether improved skills would lead to improved performance. The software skills of the visual system and fusion flexibility were identified as being important and were trained by the intervention programme. Only these skills were then re-tested. Questionnaires regarding the programme were handed out to the experimental group. The results are separated into three sections. Section A deals with the hardware skills of the visual system and section B with the software skills. Section C a questionnaire filled in by the experimental group. The discussion is also separated into the three sections. Section A explains the data found in the results of the hardware measurements. It also explains the results in terms of the norms determined by Buys30 in 2002. In Section B the results of the software skills are discussed for pre- and post measurements, and are compared between the experimental and control groups. The comparison between the levels of gymnasts and the norms of the skills as determined by Buys.30 are also discussed. Section C explains the answers found for the questionnaire filled in by the gymnasts who formed part of the experimental group. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Sports ophthalmology en_US
dc.subject Rhythmic gymnastics en_US
dc.subject Vision en_US
dc.subject Sports en_US
dc.title The role of vision and visual skills in rhythmic gymnastics en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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