Sports are reliant on vision. It helps athletes react, judge distances, and track movement. But not every athlete has perfect sight or knows how to use it to improve their performance. Sports vision therapy can help.
Sports vision therapy is a training program that enhances athletes' visual skills. It improves various aspects of their vision to help them improve their performance.
Sports vision therapy benefits all athletes—regardless of their level of performance or the sport they play. But it is more beneficial for those whose sports are reliant on vision. They include hockey, basketball, baseball, and tennis players.
Sports vision therapy also helps athletes with vision problems. You can benefit if you have astigmatism, nearsightedness, or farsightedness. It is ideal even for athletes with good vision.
Visual tracking exercises: - Tracking objects in motion, like a puck or a ball. It helps improve the accuracy and speed of visual tracking
Eye-hand coordination training improves coordination between the eyes and hands. It entails catching and throwing balls or different objects. The athletes do so while wearing unique glasses. These glasses prevent visual information from reaching the eyes
Depth perception training: These exercises improve how an athlete judges depth and distance. It entails performing drills that require judging distances. The athlete can also wear glasses that alter their perception of depth
Contrast sensitivity training - This entails exercises that enable athletes to see better. They do them in environments with poor contrast or that are low-lit
Peripheral vision training - Improves the ability to see objects in their peripheral vision. It is often beneficial for sports that require you to be aware of the players around you, like hockey and basketball
Visual reaction training - These exercises improve visual speed of processing and reaction time. They involve drills that require quick response and recognition
Visual memory training - These exercises help athletes remember visual information
Enhanced performance - Sports vision therapy aims to help athletes improve their performance. It improves their visual skills to help them gain a competitive edge
Reduces risk for injury - Athletes can avoid colliding with each other or objects while playing. This reduces their risk of injury as their spatial awareness and reaction time improve
Increases visual awareness - Athletes get an increased awareness of their visual capabilities. They also learn to use them to improve their performance. Thus, their confidence and understanding of using their vision increases
Better visual tracking - Your visual tracking speed and accuracy can improve through sports vision therapy. Athletes who play sports such as soccer or hockey, where they need to track moving objects, play better
Enhanced depth perception - Athletes' ability to judge depths and distances accurately improves. They can avoid collisions with other players and make more precise movements
Improved reaction time - Athletes who undergo sports vision therapy can react faster to what they see