Sports Vision
Vision Topics
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Little or no improvement with practice

Inconsistent performance

Performance worsens under stress

Trouble gauging distances and speeds

Getting easily frustrated with sports activities
Dynamic Visual Acuity - the ability to see objects clearly while you and/or objects
are moving.

Visual Concentration - the ability to screen out distractions and stay focused on
the ball or the target.

Eye Tracking - the ability to follow objects with the eyes without much head
movement.

Eye-Hand-Body Coordination - the ability of hands, feet, and body to respond to
the information gathered through the eyes.

Visual Memory - the ability to process and remember a fast moving, complex
picture of people and things.

Visualization - the skill that enables athletes to see themselves performing well in
their "mind's eye", while concentrating on something else, usually the ball.

Peripheral Vision - the ability to see action to the side without having to turn the
head.

Visual Reaction Time - the speed with which the brain interprets and reacts to
visual information, such as an opponent's actions.

Depth Perception - the ability to quickly and accurately judge the distance between
yourself, the ball, your opponents, teammates, boundary lines and other objects.
What is sports vision training?

A program of sports vision training may provide the visual edge
needed to win. The training is geared to the specific sports-related
vision skills important for each sport. Just as exercise and
practice can increase an athlete's speed and strength, it can also
improve their vision skills.

Sports vision training, also called vision therapy, is a form of eye
exercises that trains the eyes to focus, move, and work together
more effectively. It changes how the eyes see and how the brain
uses the visual information the eyes send to it.

Training programs are designed to help a person learn or develop
specific vision skills by using them repeatedly in a supervised
training situation. The number and types of tasks vary depending
on the specific visually-related sports skills needing
improvement. In sports vision training, patients unlearn

incorrect or inefficient seeing habits and gain improved ones.
However, unlike other forms of exercise, the goal of sports vision
training is not to strengthen eye muscles, but to improve needed
visual abilities.

Vision can play an important role in sports performance. Every sport has
its unique visual demands and challenges. Coordination, concentration,
balance, and accuracy are just a few of the visually-related abilities used
when playing sports.

Inadequate vision skills can sometimes be the reason for poor sports
performance. Signs that a vision problem may be affecting athletic
performance include:
What vision skills are key to sports performance?

There is more to good vision than just seeing clearly. Vision is
composed of many interrelated skills that can affect how well a child
plays a sport. Key vision skills needed for top sports performance
include:
Good Vision is Needed for
Peak Performance
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