Visual Skills for Sports Performance

Anyone who has ever played a sport knows how essential eyesight is for performance.

If you are wanting to check that your vision is performing at maximum capacity in your sport, you will want to go through a Sports Visions Workup. This is a process we use to make sure your vision (and performance) is at its best!

Visual Skills Workup

Here is what you can expect to be checked during this process:

Clarity of Vision: Static visual acuity is how clearly you see and dynamic visual acuity is how clearly you can see moving objects. These two favors can be the difference between an average vs. a star athlete.

Contrast Sensitivity: This will test how sensitive your eyes are to detail and how well they can see during different weather and lighting conditions. If you play an outdoor sport, this can be very influential on your performance.

Eye movement skills: This test will check the speed and accuracy of saccades and pursuits. Saccades are the jumps that your eyes makes when looking from one object to another. Pursuits are the movements your eyes make when tracking a moving object. Both are skills that are utilized in many sports.

Accommodation/Vergence:  Efficient accommodation and vergence abilities are critical for any athlete who requires visual awareness of objects or players at different distances. Your ability to efficiently change eye focusing and eye aiming when looking between objects that are at different distances will be tested. We’ll also screen the probability of performing visual judgment errors when under extreme stress or when fatigued.

Depth Perception/Eye Teaming: For judgment of speed and distance in a sport, your depth perception needs to be evaluated at varying distances and positions of gaze.

Central/Peripheral Visual Recognition: These test will the accuracy an athlete and your quickness in sensing visual information and measure the response time to the peripheral field of view.

Eye-Hand-Body Coordination: Especially in fast moving sports, such as soccer or basketball, how your body responds to visual information through hand-eye coordination is essential.

Balance: The visual factors involved in maintaining balance will be tested using a stimulation of actual sports performance conditions.

Visual Concentration: How well you are able to filter out peripheral distractions and focus your abilities on the task at hand is crucial if you are involved in any sport with spectators.

Visualization: This is all about your mind’s eye. While you are concentrating during the game and seeing how everything is playing out, you have to be able to picture your activity. Visualization can aid in greater focus on your athletic goals and can boost confidence, which is why this is a part of actual sports training.

There are specific enhancements and training programs that can be developed if there are any problems found during your Sports Visions Workup. Schedule with your local Performance Eyecare office for more info!