The difference between first and second can be measured in fractions – fractions of a second, fractions of an inch. The ability to process visual information has a huge impact on performance. Most performance mistakes can be attributed to poor dynamic skills or errors caused by:
- Improperly read visual cues
- Poorly developed motor skills, especially eye-hand co-ordination
- Poorly timed responses
- Poor concentration
- Poor peripheral awareness
- Delayed reaction time
RVH Sport Vision Training is an asset in any sport that requires athletes to process visual information quickly. Hockey, football, baseball and racquet sports are all prime examples.
These are the skills SVT can help an athlete to master:
1. Speed and Span of Recognition
The scope of information a player is able to take in at once and how quickly he is able to interpret it. An increase in an athlete’s speed in recognizing a visual stimulus results in a physical response that is much quicker and more accurate.
2. Eye-Hand Coordination
The eyes lead the body, not the other way around. Our hands, feet and body respond to the information the eyes send to the brain. If this information is incorrect, even to the slightest degree, there is a good chance that we will make a mistake in our physical response. Almost every sport error, or poorly executed play, can be attributed to faulty visual judgment.
3. Peripheral Awareness
Not to be confused with peripheral vision, which cannot be changed. Well developed peripheral awareness helps the athlete see everything at once and to maintain the whole pattern or the flow of the play, even as they move within it.
4. Anticipation Timing
The ability to accurately perceive or anticipate what is about to happen and when. Visual skills training improves the ability to selectively detect important advance physical cues. Most efforts fail not because the physical movements were wrong, but because they were made at the wrong time.
5. Visual Reaction Time
The amount of time required to process the visual information and initiate a physical reaction/response.
The ability to maintain a high level of focus on a key target or objective, in spite of distractions, while also maintaining total awareness of what is happening around you.
7. Focusing and Tracking
Focusing flexibility and tracking are two separate skills that must work together to achieve good, clear vision; for example, keeping your eyes on the ball. Studies have shown that if the athlete’s head has to move to aid in eye tracking, his performance is not only less efficient, but balance is thrown off too.
8. Depth Perception
Both eyes working together to give us the ability to judge the distance, the speed and the revolution of objects in space. If you perceive the target closer, you will react too soon. If you perceive it farther, you will react too late.
Sport Psychologists give you strategies to meet your goals, and the confidence and mental toughness to keep you on your game. RVH Sport Vision Training is just one facet of preparing athletes for great performance. For more information on what our Sport Psychology department has to offer, call us at 780.430.9224.
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