Sports Vision is the specialized field of evaluating and training the vision system to work more accurately and efficiently. Athletes have to assess, evaluation, decide and react within milliseconds. Studies have shown that the visual system can be trained to assess a situation faster and hand-eye coordination can be trained to respond quicker. Vision training for sports can help athletes see and react faster. Almost every sport has some aspect of training that can improve performance by using vision training.

Benefits

  • Faster response times
  • Better decision making
  • Better peripheral awareness
  • Improved coordination
  • Better time and ball striking
  • Improved concentration
  • Improved technical skills
  • Better spacial awareness
  • Better play-making ability

Research

1988: California:  Dynamic Visual Acuity is better in baseball players (82deg/sec) vs non ballplayers (69deg/sec).

1989 and 1991:  Pennsylvania:  Dynamic Visual Acuity can be improved with training.

1990: Pennsylvania:  Younger people (in their 20’s) have better Dynamic Visual Acuity than older people (in their 60’s).  This difference seemed to be due to differences in luminance effects and not the tracking speed.

1992:  Pennsylvania:  Dynamic Contrast Sensitivity is worse for high and mid frequency targets.

1993:  Japan:  Dynamic Visual Acuity is better in athletes than non-athletes.

2013:  Japan:  Dynamic Visual Acuity is improved in baseball players because of better tracking rather than improved perception of movement on the retina.  This improved tracking is likely due to baseball training.