Physical prowess, agility, coordination, and strength have always been the main criteria in judging athletic ability. Most, if not all athletic training programs, have been designed with those criteria in mind, even though our body will only respond to what it can see. Despite this fact, little attention has been paid to vision, which is now the last frontier for those interested in improving their performance on and off the playing field.
This “last frontier” of sports, referred to as Sports Vision (SV), Developmental Optometry, Sports Vision Training (SVT), Vision Training (VT), or Orthoptics, starts with a special eye examination which includes Dynamic Visual Acuity measurements. Regular, “static” eye-exams and the use of corrective lenses are no substitute.
Some of the above name are based on what the training is targeted to do. A child who is improving the ability to track from line to line while reading is practicing Vision Training (VT). A person recovering from eye surgery, trauma, or an acute visual challenge might call this training Orthoptics. This note will focus on an athlete’s SVT.
By undertaking a simple visual training program, ANY athlete can improve performance. That’s because the eye, like the muscles in our bodies, can be strengthened to perform better with exercise. The principle to remember is that no vision skills are passed from our parents. That ALL visual skills are learned!
Q) Who is most known for the best eyes in tennis?
A) Andre Agassi