“The Eyes Lead the Body” - Blanton Collier, legendary football coach
The visual skills of athletes, especially those in visually demanding sports, are essential. Focusing, tracking fast-moving objects, and reacting quickly can make a difference between winning and losing.
Often when we think of vision, we solely focus on 20/20 clarity of vision which is extremely important, however there are many more aspects to our visual system which are essential in maximizing athletic performance.
Great Athletes require better than 20/20 vision, in fact over 70% of Major League Baseball players have better than 20/15 vision. While every athlete can improve their vision, it is especially important if you notice any of the following signs in your sports performance.
If you have noticed any of the above phenomena, there could be an underlying challenge related to a visual skill which could successfully be strengthened with the aid of a sports vision optometrist.
In addition, it’s important to mention that achieving effective visual skills can help with the self-confidence of athletes of all ages and stages.
Professional and amateur athletes have been using sports vision training to improve core visual skills. For example the University of Cincinnati Baseball team showed improvements of 10% or more across all tracked batting parameters after sports vision training.
Some examples include:
The examples are endless, as all sports and physical activity are completely tied to the athlete’s visual abilities.In sports, nearly 80% of perceptual input is visual.
Dr. Zurcher, leads the sports vision program at American Family Vision Clinic, providing sport specific neuro-visual training to athletes from beginners to elite. As part of the Sports Vision program, a sports vision doctor can prescribe a wide variety of training and activities that help boost every athletes' performance.