Do visual fields need to be considered in classification criteria within visually impaired shooting?

Latham, Keziah and Mann, David L. and Dolan, Rebecca and Myint, Joy and Timmis, Matthew A. and Ryu, Donghyun and Frisson, Steven and Allen, Peter M. (2021) Do visual fields need to be considered in classification criteria within visually impaired shooting? Journal of Sports Sciences. ISSN 1466-447X

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Classification within the sport of vision impairment (VI) shooting is based upon the athlete’s visual function. This study aimed to determine whether more than one class of competition is needed within VI shooting on the basis of visual field loss. Qualification scores of 23 elite athletes were obtained at World Championship events in prone and standing shooting disciplines. Visual field data were obtained from classification data and from assessment at events. A standardized scoring protocol determined whether athletes had function (≥10 dB) or no function (<10 dB) at locations between 0–60 degrees eccentricity along 10 meridia. Visual field function was not associated with shooting performance in prone or standing disciplines (p > 0.05). Having measurable visual field function beyond 30 degrees made no difference to athletes’ ability to shoot competitively in prone (p = 0.65) or standing disciplines (p = 0.47), although a potential impact on qualification was observed in the standing discipline. There was no evidence that loss of visual field function at any specific location adversely affected ability to shoot competitively. There is currently no evidence to consider visual fields in classification within prone or standing VI shooting, although further research is needed as the sport grows.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Classification, Shooting, Para sport, Visual impairment, Visual field
Faculty: Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine & Social Care
Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2021 11:43
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2021 14:39

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