Dynamic vision training transfers positively to batting practice performance among collegiate baseball batters
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© 2020 Elsevier Ltd A growing body of evidence demonstrates visual, perceptual, and oculomotor abilities contribute to batting performance in baseball and there is interest in whether training such abilities can transfer positively to batting performance. The current study tested this question through a pre-registered, randomized, and placebo-controlled intervention, conducted with 24 collegiate baseball players at two NCAA Division 1 universities. Athletes were randomized to receive either dynamic vision training consisting of stroboscopic, anticipatory timing, and eye quickness drills, or placebo drills stylized after control procedures in previous vision therapy studies. Generalized near-transfer was tested via a digital visual-motor task battery (n = 20), while sports-specific intermediate and far transfer of training were evaluated through instrumented batting practice metrics (n = 14) and box score performance in NCAA-sanctioned games (n = 12), respectively. The effects of training group were tested on these outcome measures while controlling for covariates such as pre-training expectations and site. Participants averaged 8.50 hours of training with no significant group differences in training adherence, expectations, or baseline assessments. ANCOVA revealed no group differences in measures of visual-motor skills or NCAA game statistics. However, batting practice demonstrated significant improvements in launch angle (p = 0.002, Cohen's d = 0.74) and hit distance (p < 0.001, Cohen's d = 0.70) for the active training cohort relative to the placebo control. This controlled and pre-registered pilot study therefore provides preliminary evidence that vision training may improve batting practice performance, creating new opportunities for the transfer of skill training and warranting further study.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101759
Publication InfoLiu, S; Ferris, LM; Hilbig, S; Asamoa, E; LaRue, JL; Lyon, D; ... Appelbaum, LG (2020). Dynamic vision training transfers positively to batting practice performance among collegiate baseball batters. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 51. pp. 101759-101759. 10.1016/j.psychsport.2020.101759. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/21630.
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Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Greg Appelbaum is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Brain Stimulation Division of Psychiatry, where he directs the Human Performance Optimization lab (Opti Lab) and the Brain Stimulation Research Center. Dr. Appelbaum cor