If a basketball player sees an area half as large as another player, he has less chance of sizing up the entire situation on the floor at any moment. Likewise, if one player secs less at a given time than he did previously or will in the future, he is probably less effective at that given time. This study attempts first to discover whether or not there is a reason to suspect a measurable relationship between the size of the visual field and successful basketball playing. If there is, obviously a test of visual fields would be advantageous to a coach deciding which inexperienced candidates should be trained. Secondly, this study investigates the effects of fatigue upon the size of the visual field, i.e., does a tired man actually see less? If he does see less, what are the characteristics of the recovery of normal vision? Rather than prepare and conduct an extensive survey immediately, this study was designed to precede a more complete research, to suggest tentative conclusions, and to reveal the difficulties and uncontrollable variations in such work.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1941 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Hobson, Robert and Henderson, M. T.
"A Preliminary Study of the Visual Field in Athletics,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 48(1), 331-335.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol48/iss1/96