About Sport Vision
Vision is a learned function. Visual ability is a key aspect of performance on the sports field. It can be said that no athlete will fulfill his or her potential if not visually fit. Here are some of the aspects of visual ability that will be looked at in a Sports Vision assessment.
Dynamic Visual Acuity
It is important for the player to see the ball and opponents clearly while moving fast during play. Dynamic visual acuity ( moving vision) is important and is a skill that can be trained.
When a player sees a team-mate out of the corner of his eye, the player is using his peripheral vision. Peripheral vision supports other visual skills such as eye hand coordination.
A player’s eyes normally react to anything that happens in their field of vision, a target, opponents, or their own players etc.
Visualisation is the skill that enables you to see yourself performing well in your “mind’s eye” while your eyes are seeing and concentrating on something else.
Visual Reaction Time
Quick reactions often influence the result of a game. This involves the eyes seeing the action, giving the message to the brain to interpret and providing the correct response.
The player needs to process and remember how everyone else is positioned on the field. The visual skill needed for this is called visual memory.
Eye hand coordination
Eye-hand-body co-ordination is how your feet and body and other muscles respond to the information gathered through your eyes.