Almost ten years ago I coached an athlete that had speed, quickness and agility. But in the game he almost always failed to make the right move. We had his eyes checked and found out that he had 20/20 vision. Yet he could not find the open receiver or see the holes open up for him.
This was the beginning of my research into vision training. I had always been interested in ways of training and developing the athletes to perform better. I initially found that for the average high school athlete there was not very much available to improve sports vision. The following links are excellent examples of the research that is availible on sports vision training. This is by no means an endorsement or support of these websites.
United States Air Force Academy, Human Performance Lab http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/genrel/120106aag.html
The Relationship Between Visual Skills and Tennis Performance of NCAA Division 1 Tennis Players
by Fran Spanio (1/15/2011)
Sport Science Research Laboratory Texas A&M, Corpus Christi
The results of this study indicate a significant positive relationship between visual skills and tennis performance of NCAA Division 1 tennis players. Subsequently coaches may consider using visual skills programs ___ to assess and train tennis athletes."
An NCAA Study Concluded
The result of this study indicate that NCAA D1 baseball players that receive visual skills training produce significantly higher battedball velocities than NCAA D1 baseball players that did not receive visual skills training.
Visual skills training is a relatively new training technique used to enhance athletic performance. Coaches and players attempting to enhance batting performance may consider the addition of visual skills training to their practice and training programs."
VISION TRAINING WORKS ON THE FOLLOWING SPORTS
Football Baseball / Softball
Scan the field more effectively Enhance pitch recognition
Enhance peripheral vision (see rushers) Improve fielding skills
Recognize open gaps quicker Improve reaction time
Improve concentration Greater ball velocity off bat
Catch the ball with greater consistency Consistent pitch location
Track receiver and defensive backs Improve Focus
Improve ability to track the ball Improved distance estimations
Make quicker decisions Improve reading the greens
Better hand eye coordination Improve concentration
Better ball placement
Soccer / Hockey Volleyball Basketball
More accurate passes Improved judgment Both eyes working
on ball placement together at high speed
Improved goal stopping Improved setting Stamina to work the
Other Clubs, Teams, and Organizations which use some form of vision training. (Not affiliated with Hawk Eye Sports Vision)
- Football and all other sports,
· U. of Houston Softball, U. of Kentucky Softball, Vanderbilt U. Football, U. of Alabama Softball, U. of Iowa Volleyball, U. of Texas Baseball, LSU Softball, U. of Nebraska Softball, U. of Tennessee Football & Basketball, Ohio State Softball, Kansas City Royals Player Development, Milwaukee Brewers Scouting and Player Development, Northwestern University Baseball, Soccer & Football Teams and there are many more!