I was asked, "What is the biggest thing that your book, See To Play, brings to the world of sports that is new?"
The answer is easy: The Detailed Vision Zone. See To Play has been the first to identify this part of vision, define how athletes use it, define its importance, define how to measure for it, define how it is different in each athlete, and how the sports community can use it to compare athletes to each other and ultimately predict which athletes will become the most successful.
Currently, the sports vision world is busy talking about gaze control (where athletes look) and how they process the information received by their eyes. An example of this is a current article I just read that discusses how Peyton Manning gets his brain into high gear, scans the field, prioritizes what he sees from top to bottom or bottom to top and succeeds in the entire process. (Click here to read this article. And by the way, I think the author of the article may have read See To Play because the discussion is similar to how I compared Peyton and Tom Brady when I talked about the dorsal vision stream...a great example of how advanced the thinking is in See To Play!!)
The problem with the article is that it misses ONE VITAL VISUAL TRAIT which explains why Peyton can gather his information so quickly and is a difference maker. The KEY INGREDIENT not discussed is that Peyton probably has a larger area of vision known as the detailed vision zone.
The detailed vision zone represents an area of space in one position of gaze that a person can see the clear detail of objects before the eventual blur of images into the peripheral vision.
Each human has a different size of area in which they see things clearly. Some athletes have a small area of view, like looking at a room trough a window. Others have a large area of view as if they were looking at the same room through a door.
Peyton, with a larger detailed vision zone, can see a larger clear chunk of the field at one time. He doesn't have to make as many eye movements to map out the whole field in his mind. Therefore, with less eye movements and seeing the whole field in a shorter time span, he can send the information to the brain quicker.
So, the order of this vision to brain to pody process is:
see. see more of the field in one gaze, use less gazes to map the
whole field accomplishing the task faster, process the visual
information in the brain, make a sports decision and put the decision
As I discuss in my book, See To Play, the detailed vision zone is measurable. I have found that elite athletes have larger detailed vision zones and this can be used to predict if they have a better chance of becoming elite. I've put this in a formula and it is my belief that someday athletes will be ranked visually like the currently are physically.
See To Play is ahead of its time and we've had a great 2012 starting to get the word out!!
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