sports Vision Training
The Eyes Have It: Vision and Movement Neurology
Vision = Priority #1 In optimizing health and performance
It is IMPOSSIBLE to overstate just how vital it is to have superior visual skills. Great vision is one of the most important, if not the most important, differentiator between mid-level athletes and great performers in virtually every sport and activity. The reason for this is very simple as a huge dependence upon vision is a part of our hard-wired survival makeup. Additionally, most researchers agree that 75-90% of most motor learning comes through the visual pathway at first.
Eyesight and Vision are Not the Same
"Eyesight is simply the ability to see something clearly, the so-called 20/20 eyesight (as measured in a standard eye examination with a Snellen chart). Vision goes beyond eyesight and can best be defined as the understanding of what is seen. Vision involves the ability to take incoming visual information, process that information and obtain meaning from it."
- Dr. Donald Getz, OD
In other words, 20/20 is not enough! If they have given any thought to this at all, most instructors believe that if their client has "normal eyes" then that is good enough to permit performance on their activities. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth! Normal 20/20 eyesight is only the beginning. Vision is a dynamic, powerful system that is often THE determining factor of movement excellence. 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.
There are a number of different elements of visual skill - all of which play important roles in movement skills.
The Different Elements of Athletic Visual Skill
Vision Is Learned
Vision is learned. This makes vision a trainable skill. Almost anyone can be taught the necessary visual skills necessary to excel in sports and life. Plus, it stands to reason that since 75 - 90% of all learning comes through the visual pathway first, any interference in the visual system can interfere with the ability to reach their maximum potential.
Assessing Elements of Vision
To accurately assess the impact of vision on performance, there are four easy screening tests that you can use. Each of these tests looks at a different portion of the dynamic visual system. The tests are: