Peripheral vision: training proposal

LLuïsa Quevedo

Joan Solé

*Corresponding author: Lluïsa Quevedo quevedo@oo.upc.edu

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Quevedo Junyent, L., & Solé Fortó, J. (2007). Peripheral vision: training proposal. Apunts. Educación Física y Deportes, 88, 75-80.

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Central-peripheral awareness is the ability of a subject to maintain central fixation on a target, yet be aware of what is happening around him or her. This is a function of visual perception and relates the athlete’s ability to receive and to respond to peripheral stimuli while mantaining central attention. Peripheral retina is especially sensitive to displacements, being movement detection its most characteristic function. It is also deeply involved in catching, hitting and collision avoidance and contributes to visuomotor coordination, posture and spatial motion.  Information in the periphery of the visual field frequently influences performance decisions in competitive sport and may be crucial to overall performance in certain sport activities. Different studies have shown that fields of vision are larger in athletes involved in team sports, as well as some research evidenced that systematic training and improvement of peripheral awareness can increase sporting performance. We end the paper with the description of different exercises to enhance athlete’s peripheral vision.

ISSN: 2014-0983

Published: April 1, 2017