Athletes are born with a certain amount of muscle mass. This is a physical trait. Athletes bodies change and grow. They also train to increase muscle mass and strength.
Athletes are born with a certain amount of speed. This is a physical trait. They begin training to increase their speed so they can perform better in their athletic performance.
Vision is also physical trait of athletes. Vision can change just like strength and speed.
Think about what you've heard athletes say:
Or conversely, you've heard:
If we use athletes own words, we understand vision as a physical trait which increases and decreases. With this being the case, we realize vision traits are something athletes can improve by using proper equipment (such as glasses/contacts/surgery) and training (vision exercises).
In my book, See To Play: The Eyes of Elite Athletes, I break these physical vision traits down in detail. I also present how uncorrected and weaker visual traits can cause athletes to fall short of reaching their genetic athletic potential. 2 out of 5 athletes will not make it to the professional sports level because of vision.
I list sixteen See To Play Tips on page 281 of my book. These tips also refer you back to the chapter providing the complete detailed information.
I’ll briefly describe the first 5 tips in my blog today. Some of these are based in fact. Others are based on tendencies (such as the tendency of how pulling your back leg up to early affects your tennis serve, how bat speed and position tendencies affect hitting a baseball,…etc) Vision tendencies have been observed and noted by sports vision specialists and athletes for over four decades.
See To Play Tip 1: See the best, be the best! See first, be first! (Ch. 2)
A study revealed that the average MLB player had 20/12 vision. 20/20 is average vision. Some people have more receptors packed in their retina that they have higher definition vision. The best a human can see is 20/8 which is due to genetics.
See To Play Tip 2: Athletes miss to the side of the better-seeing eye. (Ch. 2)
If an athletes right eye is 20/15 and the left eye is 20/20, there is a tendency for the athlete to miss to the right in aiming and performing.
See To Play Tip 3: Being one unit off in an eye prescription alters an athletes reaction time. (Ch 2)
Under corrected nearsightedness causes the tendency for an athlete’s reaction time to be slower (a right-handed batter will miss or foul out more to the first base side).
Under corrected farsightedness causes the tendency for an athlete to react too quickly (a right-handed hitter will miss or foul out more to the third base side).
See To Play Tip 4: Astigmatism likes the light and not the dark. (Ch 2)
Astigmatism is the front part of the eye shaped like a cone or football instead of round dome. Athletes pupils are smaller when its bright, so they see the world more through the tip of the cone which is round. Athletes pupils are larger in dark and this causes vision to be distorted because more of the cone shape is used.
See To Play Tip 5: Elite athletes have a larger detailed vision zone. (Ch 3)
Tip 1 talks about athletes having better vision. Tip 5 teaches us that elite athletes have a larger area of that better vision (known as detailed vision).
Think of it this way: In the middle of a dart board or shooting target is a bull’s eye. This represents the area on the board where most points are scored when hit. Now, if you were in a competition and were given the opportunity to have a larger bull’s eye circle than your opponent, wouldn’t you chose to do so?
Elite athletes have larger bull’s eye area of their 20/20+ vision. They see better and in more area of the field.
There you go! I’ve just given you a short sample of some of the physical vision traits that are discussed in detail in my book, See To Play. Vision is a physical trait and how athletes see can be improved.
If you're a serious athlete, a coach of a serious athlete or a parent of serious athlete, you must have these physical vision traits evaluated and get on a program to strengthen how you see to play.
It’s affecting your game.
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