Journal of Athletic EnhancementISSN: 2324-9080

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Review Article, J Athl Enhanc Vol: 7 Issue: 3

The Different Point of View–A Visual-Spatial Taxonomy for Sports

Pietsch S*

Institute of Sport Science, University of Regensburg, Germany

*Corresponding Author : Stefanie Pietsch
Institute of Sport Science, University of Regensburg, Am Biopark 12, 93053 Regensburg, Germany
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Received: March 12, 2018 Accepted: June 12, 2018 Published: June 19, 2018

Citation: Pietsch S (2018) The different point of view–A visual-spatial taxonomy for sports. J Athl Enhanc 7:3. doi: 10.4172/2324-9080.1000294


Sports taxonomies typically classify specific motor skills and types of sport based on the functional demands of the particular movement task. The aim of this paper is therefore to develop a differentiated taxonomy for sports with regard to their specific visual-spatial demands. Fundamental to the reasonable progression of this taxonomy is the established interaction of motor and cognitive and in particular motor and visual-spatial abilities. Based on an up-to-date theoretically motivated typology, which categorizes visual-spatial abilities in extrinsic-static, extrinsic-dynamic, intrinsic-static and intrinsicdynamic abilities, a visual-spatial classification of sports is presented. Subsequently, different tests for the acquisition of visual-spatial abilities and thus a possibility to match types of sport to the taxonomy are presented. Finally an overview of various forms of visual-spatial training provides an insight into the benefit of such a classification system in sports practice.

Keywords: Visual-spatial abilities; Sports taxonomy; Sports; Mental rotation; Spatial visualization; Spatial perception

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