April 28, 2021
Sports and Visual Skills
When we think of athletes, we probably think of speed and strength first, but what about vision?
Strong visual skills are just as important to an athlete’s success as strong muscles. Athletes have to be able to process visual information very quickly so that they can respond to it. The cool thing is that, like muscles, some visual skills can be improved with practice.
What Visual Skills do Athletes Use?
Here are some of the most essential visual skills that help athletes perform at the top of their game:
Color vision.It’s a lot easier to recognize the difference between teammate and opponent when you can see the different jersey colors!
You Can Train Your Visual Skills on the Go
You won’t need a gym to train several of these visual skills. A simple exercise for depth perception, for example, is tohold a pen at arm’s length and repeatedly put the cap on it. You could also hold a small pebble at arm’s length and try dropping it into a drinking straw.
A great way to train peripheral awarenessis by turning our heads to the side while we use a computer or watch TV. We can improve the flexibility of our eyes by switching rapidly between focusing on something close and something far away. To practice dynamic visual acuity, try cutting out different sized letters from a magazine and taping them to a turntable. Then see how well you can identify the letters when it spins at different speeds.
Keep Your Eye on the Ball, Athletes!
Keeping our eyes sharp (and healthy) is something we might overlook (no pun intended) when thinking about staying in shape for sports. If you want to learn more about how you can improve your visual skills or if you’re experiencing any changes in your eyesight, get in touch with us!
Thank you for trusting us with your vision health!
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