Balasaheb Tate, Guru Nanak Dev University
Maman Paul, Guru Nanak Dev University
Sandhu Jaspal, Guru Nanak Dev University
Success in sports depends on athlete’s ability to develop and perfect a specific set of perceptual, cognitive and motor skills. The aim of the study was to investigate the influence of specific visual training program on batting performance in cricket players. Thirty club level male cricket batsmen were randomly divided into three equal groups. The experimental group followed six weeks of visual training program, on alternate days. The placebo group was given simple reading material and watched televised cricket matches for six weeks' duration, while the control group followed routine cricket practice. Pre- and post- test results were obtained for reaction time, depth perception, accommodation, saccadic eye movements and batting performance. Statistical analysis indicated significant improvement in all mentioned visual variables and batting performance in the experimental group (p<0.001). The placebo (p<0.05) and control group (p<0.05) also showed some improvement in batting performance but no significant improvement in visual variables was observed (p>0.05). It can be concluded that the visual training program improves visual skills of cricketers, which could lead to improvement in the batting performance.
batting performance, visual training, visual skills, cricket
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