Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Health, Physical Education and Recreation

First Advisor

Larry M. Albertson

Second Advisor

Larry Stephens

Third Advisor

Kris Berg


One would expect visual-perceptual abilities to be quite important in sport skills. Donna Mae Miller (1960) substantiated this idea when she examined a battery of eight tests she felt were important in responding quickly and accurately to visual cues. Highly skilled athletes scored considerably higher in areas of static balance, stereopsis, blocks response and mutilated words than did lower skilled athletes. Williams (1968) in a similar study looked at visu&l-perceptual judgments in a more dynamic approach. Subjects were asked to catch tennis balls after they had been projected into the air and bounced off of a canvas. The results found highly skilled performers significantly superior in visual perception to individuals classified as poorly skilled.


A Thesis Presented to the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha.