A comparative study of visual reaction time in table tennis players and healthy controls

Indian J Physiol Pharmacol. 2013 Oct-Dec;57(4):439-42.


Visual reaction time is time required to response to visual stimuli. The present study was conducted to measure visual reaction time in 209 subjects, 50 table tennis (TT) players and 159 healthy controls.

Methods: The visual reaction time was measured by the direct RT computerized software in healthy controls and table tennis players. Simple visual reaction time was measured. During the reaction time testing, visual stimuli were given for eighteen times and average reaction time was taken as the final reaction time.

Results: The study shows that table tennis players had faster reaction time than healthy controls. On multivariate analysis, it was found that TT players had 74.121 sec (95% CI 98.8 and 49.4 sec) faster reaction time compared to non-TT players of same age and BMI. Also playing TT has a profound influence on visual reaction time than BMI.

Conclusion: Our study concluded that persons involved in sports are having good reaction time as compared to controls. These results support the view that playing of table tennis is beneficial to eye-hand reaction time, improve the concentration and alertness.

Publication types

  • Observational Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attention
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cognition
  • Humans
  • Linear Models
  • Male
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Photic Stimulation*
  • Psychomotor Performance*
  • Reaction Time*
  • Tennis*
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult