Vision and visual skills play a critical role in athletic performance.
Just as you train to maximize your aerobic capacity, muscle quickness and muscle strength, your vision skills can be trained to higher levels of performance.
Studies show that the vision skills of high level athletes are generally better than those who do not perform at these levels. Although many athletes can read 20/20 on an eye chart other critical vision skills include:
DYNAMIC VISUAL ACUITY - the ability to see objects clearly while in motion.
TRACKING - the ability to "keep your eye on the ball", regardless of how fast it is moving.
FOCUSING FLEXIBILITY - the ability to quickly shift focus from one distance to another.
PERIPHERAL VISION - the ability to be aware of what is going on around you while you are concentrating on an object in front of you.
VISUALIZATION - the ability to "picture in your mind" how a properly executed movement will look and feel.
Dr Savedoff is a consultant to the Syracuse University Department of Sports Medicine. For those athletes who have difficulties with these vision skills, sports vision training can help "level the playing field". For those with good vision skills, sports vision training enhancement can provide that "extra edge" needed to separate you from your peers.