Vision Training For Volleyball

Volleyball is a fast-paced sport which relies heavily on teamwork. There are many vision skills which are particularly useful for volleyball players, and improving them can help volleyball players take their game to the next level. 

Vision Training For Volleyball in Olympia

Sports vision training is customized training that gives athletes a major edge against the competition by improving the specific visual skills needed for the position and sport that they play.

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Core Visual Skills

While there are a number of vision skills that are important for volleyball players, some are more crucial to performance than others.

Core vision skills for volleyball players include:

  • Depth Perception: In volleyball, a lot depends on the angle in which a player hits the ball over the net. Additionally, a player needs to be able to quickly determine the best way to get to the ball before it hits the ground on their side. Improving depth perception will give players better ability to do both of these vital tasks more effectively.
  • Eye Tracking: During a volleyball game, the ball is constantly in motion, as are the players. Improving eye tracking, the ability to quickly and accurately follow the motion of an object, can give players a crucial edge over their opponents.
  • Hand-Eye Coordination: As with many sports, hand-eye coordination is a crucial skill for players in many sports. In volleyball, since you have to hit a ball which is in motion, superior hand-eye coordination is essential for those competing at high levels.
  • Peripheral Awareness: In volleyball, a lot relies on knowing where your teammates are, so you can coordinate on how to keep the ball in the air, and get it back over the net. Improving your peripheral vision provides increased ability to keep track of them while keeping your eye on the ball.

 

Secondary Visual Skills

Secondary visual skills for volleyball players aren’t necessarily any less important than core visual skills, though they are not quite as central to what is needed for a volleyball player to be successful.

  • Dynamic Visual Acuity: Dynamic visual acuity is the ability to see objects clearly while they are in motion. In volleyball, where players are often in motion as they track the ball, improving this skill can provide increased ability to effectively make it to the ball for a great save or hit.
  • Accommodation: Accommodation is the vision skill which allows the eyes to quickly change focus between near and far objects. In volleyball, where the ball can suddenly move from the opposing side of the court to your side, improving this skill can provide extra crucial moments in which to react to the flow of the game.
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Dr. Zurcher

Originally from Arizona, Levi received his Bachelor’s of Science in Zoology from Northern Arizona University and his Doctorate in Optometry from Pacific University in Oregon. He is board certified in developmental vision and vision therapy by COVD. He purchased the practice from the Inversos in 2012. He likes spending time with his family (wife and two children,) mountain biking, and undertaking creative projects. He wrote the vision therapy software used by the clinic, retinal camera software, and the computerized eye-chart used for exams.

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