"Enhanced skill performance of field hockey players following a programme of visual awareness training"
The affect of a Visual Performance Training Program 1(VPT1) and Visual Performance Training Program 2 (VPT 2) on relational thinking when relationships are formulated in verbal terms.
Research at The Harefield Academy UK October – December 2008 - Sport Science Institute of South Africa A total of 60 students across 3 year groups (Years 8, 9 and 10) were initially selected to take part in this research. Using prior data (CATs scores from Year 7) the students were selected from upper, middle and lower ability categories. In addition, some students were also selected from those identified as:
Prior to embarking onto the training programme, the following procedures were undertaken:
The students were required to ‘train’ for a minimum of 3 x 30 minute sessions per week over a period of 6 weeks. Facilities were made available for them to complete this requirement during 3 personalised learning sessions each week.
Of the 60 students on the training programme, 43 students had results for both sets of CATs tests. Thus the results and analysis are based on these 43 students.
The results showed that 72% of student (31 students) improved their CATs raw score total over this 6 week period. For 11.6% (5 students) there was no change in CATs score and for 16.2% (7 students) there was a decline in their CATs score as they did not do the required number of sessions.
Of the 31 students who improved their score, 12 (38.7%) improved their score by a significant 10%