Further evidence against eye-hand coordination as a general ability

Ellison, Paul, Kearney, P, Sparks, Andy, Murphy, Philip and Marchant, David (2017) Further evidence against eye-hand coordination as a general ability. International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching. ISSN 1747-9541 DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1747954117747132

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A number of companies are marketing general eye hand coordination (EHC) training devices, which are purported to enhance performance on the device and in a sporting domain. An act comprising EHC involves the complex combination of a number of distinct functions and an investigation of what tasks share this common factor has not been completed. There is also a lack of evidence investigating the interrelationship between different tests to assess EHC using these devices. A number of different EHC abilities, rather than one common factor, could potentially underpin any range of tasks involving EHC and visual stimuli. Therefore, the present study investigated the theoretical assumption upon which such EHC training devices are based; that is, whether EHC is a general ability. Eighty-seven currently active sportspeople (age 18.6±0.9 years; 58 males and 29 females) completed four tests of EHC: three laboratory tasks (the Sports Vision TrainerTM; Batak ProTM; and Graded Pegboard) and a field task (wall catch test). Intercorrelations between the tasks ranged from weak to strong, but the percentage of shared variance was typically low. Overall, the results do not support the existence of a common EHC ability underpinning performance on general EHC training devices. Consequently, coaches and sport scientists should be aware that training on general EHC training devices is unlikely to transfer to sporting performances. Instead, practitioners are encouraged to explore sport-specific assessment and training of EHC.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: visuo motor skills, motor ability, skill acquisition, eye-hand coordination,vision training
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sports Science
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 09:55
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/9886

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