The stage is set. Heat versus Spurs. Best of seven to decide the 2013 NBA Champion.
One thing is certaint before the series begins; both teams have better eyes than the rest of us mere mortals.
That makes sense. These basketball players jump higher, run faster, dribble better, shoot better….and… oh yeah... they see better.
The teams this year consist of mostly athletes that need no vision correction such as contacts or surgery, several did have LASIK or refractive surgery, and a couple of guys who wear contact lenses. The actual percentage for players in the NBA this year who needed some form of vision correction to see to play was 19% (a far cry from the 54 % of people who need correction from the ages of 18 to 29).
The quote I just read in a national study stated, “Optimal acuity (in pro athletes) is probably due to self-selection—i.e, if they had poor vision they probably would not have been initially drawn to sports nor would they have succeeded”……I call that being weeded out by your eyes!
What are the most important visual traits needed to make it to the NBA and ultimately become a champion?
The first is visual acuity…or better yet…call it, High Def Vision. Most elite athletes see better than 20/20. Usually elite athletes see 20/15 or better. Some guys see 20/10. Clear vision is important to see the rim for the most accurate shot possible. If one eye is slightly blurry, the shooter will miss his shot to the side of his better seeing eye. Clear vision is also the building block that starts the eye hand body response. Blurred vision creates slower reaction times.
A simple trip to the eye doctor's office can help you find out if you are seeing the best that you can so that you can reach your genetic potential in sports.
The second important vision trait of these elite basketball players is having large zones of their High Def vision. This isn’t the normal peripheral vision or side vision that we have out to our ears. This zone is represented by how large of an area their high def vision is in their straight ahead gaze. Elite athletes see more of the court and see it clearer.
Eye exercises found in See To Play can help improve this area. Find a quick exercise from Dr Peters that was mentioned in Men's Health (Click here) which helps improve your detailed vision zone.
Don't find yourself giving up basketball due to "Self Selection" because you can't see or were weeded out of basketball because of your vision. Only the best eyes make it! See like a NBA Champion.
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