Central European Journal of Sport Sciences and Medicine

ISSN: 2300-9705     eISSN: 2353-2807    OAI    DOI: 10.18276/cej.2017.3-04
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Lista wydań / Vol. 19, No. 3/2017
The Differentiation of Visual Sensorimotor Processes in the Representatives of Various Sport Disciplines

Autorzy: Piotr Lesiakowski
Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, Department of Physical Education and Sport, Szczecin, Poland

Justyna Krzepota
University of Szczecin, Faculty of Physical Culture and Health Promotion, Szczecin, Poland

Teresa Zwierko
University of Szczecin, Faculty of Physical Culture and Health Promotion, Szczecin, Poland
Słowa kluczowe: reaction time selective attention sport training
Rok wydania:2017
Liczba stron:11 (43-53)
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Sport activities usually require a high efficiency of visual information processing. Therefore, it seems justified to determine the efficiency of visual sensorimotor processes in sports requiring a variety of perception competencies. The aim of this study was to assess the differentiation of sensorimotor processes in terms of simple and choice reaction time, and visual stimulus discrimination in various athletes and untrained persons. The study involved 119 men, of which 95 were athletes: football players (n = 24), volleyball players (n = 22), boxers (n = 26), and rowers (n = 23). The efficiency of sensorimotor processes was evaluated with the Vienna Test System (Schuhfried, Austria). The evaluations included simple reaction time (SRT), choice reaction time (CRT), and visual stimulus discrimination. Analysis of the results showed that volleyball and football players had shorter (p < 0.01) reaction times compared to non-athletes and representatives of the other sports. We found significant differences (p < 0.01) between athletes and non-athletes in visual stimulus discrimination. In addition, boxers showed fewer correct reactions than volleyball players, and shorter times of stimulus detection than in volleyball and soccer players.
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