SPORTS VISION SKILLS
Visual skills are one of the four pillars that make up an athlete's so-called "intangible" skills set.
These intangible skills, which we refer to globally as sports vision skills, are all in the head and include:
field vision and peripheral awareness
mental toughness and visualization
reaction time and anticipation
attention, focus and concentration
balance, speed and agility
game strategy and creativity
Training and conditioning their visual skills enables athletes to quickly and accurately recognize and process visual information. It is the first step in getting the body to make the proper response in competition.
Training the visual system means working the muscles associated with eye movements and eye-body reflexes in order to enhance performance in sports that rely on visual input.
For ease of comprehension, visual skills can be loosely categorized into two groups; visual motor skills, which are generally the ability to move and adjust the eyes, and visual perceptual skills which refer more to the ability to process visual information.
The table below summarizes the visual skills that are most important for athletic performance and which can be improved with eye exercises and a vision training program.