Sports Vision Training: An Edge for Athletes

Sports Vision Training: An Edge for Athletes

Learn about the competitive benefits of honing one’s visual skills

Athletes need to make split-second decisions, have quick responses, and see the game better than their opponent. This is where sport vision training can be useful, for help with:

Eye tracking and focusing: moving the eyes precisely, clearing the target
Eye teaming: right and left eyes performing equally and together
Anticipation timing: using vision to decide how and when to enact our muscles
Visual attention: process what is important and tune out the rest
Depth perception: understanding exactly where the ball is in 3-D space
Dynamic visual acuity: seeing moving targets clearly
Eye-hand coordination: (or eye-foot coordination) matching our body to the game, and the world around us
Peripheral awareness: field awareness, capturing the scene without looking directly at each detail
Visual reaction time: the time between seeing and deciding what action to take

To learn more, visit the International Sports Vision Association’s website at

Be sure your athlete has a comprehensive eye exam. Note that contact lenses are preferred for athletes and can be fit at any age, typically starting around age 12.