Now that we’re down to the Final Four, most of us who filled out brackets to predict the winners in the NCAA tournament have had them badly broken.
Actually, I’m in third to last with the group of family and friends who put their picks in a poll to compete with each other.
Here is something you may not know: vision is the big breaker of basketball players' dreams who desire to make it to the NBA.
In a 2014 poll of NBA teams that I conducted, only 19% of players (1 out of 5) had the need to wear glasses, contacts or had refractive surgery. That compares to 60% of people in that same age group who needed vision correction to see their best in the USA (3 out of 5).
These staggering statistics tell a tale that 2 out of 5 athletes who play basketball and dream of becoming an NBA player will not make it do to their vision alone. They may have the physical skills, the size, the shoes but they didn’t develop the precision eye, hand and body reaction time and coordination because they chose not to push their body to its highest level which is only achieved with excellent vision.
Countless times in my professional career, I’ve had boys through the ages of 8 to 18 chose not to wear contact lenses or sports glasses to help them fine tune their shot and reaction time. I don’t know if they feel that they are too cool or that they are too good, but the truth is they will hit the vision ceiling and get weeded out from being the best.
You really have to see the best to be the best. Vision is the ultimate bracket breaker for an athlete wanting to be the best.
Please help us get the word out and help these young athletes realize they should do all they can do to reach their genetic potential.
And good luck with the rest of your bracket in the Final Four!
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