You eat the right foods, lift weights, and train for your sport, but are you optimizing your sport’s performance?
If you’re like many professional, student, and youth athletes, there is room for improvement. You may, for example, be experiencing visual skills problems that are impacting your performance. These include coordination, concentration, balance, timing, and accuracy.
Did you know 80% of an athlete’s sensory input is visual?The percentage is higher for athletes because your eyes are directing the dynamic movements of your body. Like Major League Baseball player Nomar Garciaparra in the video below, your eyes have a limited amount of time to process information and make a decision about how to react.
Sports Vision Training increases your ability to process visual information and decide when and how to react. Whether it’s to hit a baseball, kick a soccer ball, tackle a player, or shoot a basket, the muscles of your eyes can be trained just like the rest of the muscles in your body.
What is the key to optimal sports performance?
It’s not 20/20 vision. It’s about coordination and how your body processes incoming information. The key to optimal sports performance is being able to respond and react to the least amount of information in the least amount of time.
Sports Vision Training is a solution for athletes of all ages.
Val Vista Vision is one of the only offices/practices in Arizona to offer this training. We perform an evaluation to assess pertinent sports specific visual skills. Some sports require focus on a stationary object, where others focus on an object in motion. We analyze the data collected to understand your strengths and weaknesses. A customized training program is designed to improve and optimize your visual processing on and off the field.
Key Visual Skills for Athletes:
- Dynamic Visual Acuity: Ability to see objects clearly while in motion
- Visual Tracking: Ability to accurately and smoothly keep your eye on the ball
- Eye Focusing: Ability to maintain clear vision as your eyes rapidly change focus
- Depth Perception: Ability to quickly and accurately evaluate the distance between yourself, the ball, teammates, opponents, boundary lines, and other critical targets
- Contrast Sensitivity: Ability to judge subtle differences in contrast and detect a target in various lighting conditions
- Visual Stamina: Ability to keep both eyes accurately working together under high speeds and under physically and mentally stressful conditions
- Peripheral Vision: Ability to keep your eye on the ball while simultaneously being aware of the other players and the court and field around you
- Visual Reaction Time: The time necessary for your eyes to see and react to visual information
- Eye-Hand-Foot-Body Coordination: The ability to accurately and efficiently coordinate the eyes, hands, feet, and body when reacting to visual information