Sports Vision Studies

High Performance Vision Training Improves Batting Average Statistics for University of Cincinnati Baseball Players

Purpose: Baseball requires an incredible amount of visual acuity and eye-hand coordination, especially for the batters. The learning objective of this work is to observe that traditional vision training as part of injury prevention or conditioning can be added to a team’s training schedule to improve some performance parameters such as batting and hitting. Methods: All players for the 2010 to 2011 season underwent normal preseason physicals and baseline testing that is standard for the University of Cincinnati Athletics Department. Standard vision training exercises were implemented 6 weeks before the start of the season. Results are reported as compared to the 2009 to 2010 season. Read more...

 

 

Body Alarm and Reaction Sports Vision

The moment in sports competition when one’s body is suddenly assaulted results in the body alarm reaction (BAR). Visual changes occur by direct end organ (ciliary muscle) sympathetic nervous system activation, which are not immediately related to the systemic release of noradrenaline. This reaction is in response to an unexpected and sudden change of events in one’s environment. The dual nature response of sympathetic nervous system activation is necessary to fully explain visual changes during the body alarm reaction found in  moments of intense sports conflict. Visual attention during the immediate stages of the body alarm reaction is drawn towards infinity.  Read more...

 

Effect of Binocular Versus Monocular Viewing on Golf Putting Accuracy

The purpose of this experiment was to  study the role of binocular vision, including both stereopsis and binocular  vergence, on the complex task of golf putting. The putting accuracy of 16, visuallynormal, inexperienced golfers (range 23-  66 years, mean=35 years) was assessed for small (3cm) and large (12cm) targets located at 3, 6, and 9 feet with their  distance corrective lenses in place. Subjects performed the task under either normal binocular or monocular viewing conditions. Putting accuracy (% successful putts) was   significantly better under binocular versus monocular viewing conditions for the smaller target. This was true for 10 out of 12 (83%, p=0.019), 11 out  of 12 (92%, p=0.003), and 12 out of 12 (100%, p<0.001) of the subjects for the 3-, 6-, and 9-foot test distances, respectively. Read more...

 

From Vision to Decision: The Role of Visual Attention in Elite Sports Performance

ABSTRACT: Elite sports performance fundamentally relies on a complex set of brain functions engaged once visual signals are relayed from the eye. In this review, we overview a series of these neural mechanisms—focusing specifically on the critical role of attention in sculpting the visual processing that takes place leading up to a decision. These brain functions are introduced within the theoretical concept of the ‘Perception–Action Cycle.’ Vision does not stop at the eye but requires a coordinated set of brain mechanisms called on to convert visual input into rapid decisions about action. Read more...

 

 

 

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  Everyday in our schools students are presented with information that they are required to look at, interpret, and process that information. For years it was believed that the eyes had nothing to do with learning. That is definitely not the case. Did you know it is estimated that 80% of what we learn is through visual information?     ... Read More
  Convergence Insufficiency (CI) is a common eye-teaming problem which occurs when the eyes are unable to maintain the ocular posture necessary for reading or near tasks. Convergence Insufficiency results from misalignment of the eyes when focusing on up close, such as when reading. The eyes have a strong tendency to drift outward when reading or doing close up work. The exact cause is unknown.    ... Read More
  After this abnormally tedious Boise winter, we are all ready to get outside and play in the sun! Hold on though, before you rush outside, have you taken the necessary precautions to protect yourself for ultraviolet rays? There are three types of ultraviolet rays, these wavelengths are not visible to the human eye and are shorter than violet wavelengths of light.    ... Read More
  Whether you are playing sports as a hobby or competitively there is a lot to consider. Are you using proper form? Is your equipment up to date? Are you warmed up? Are you wearing the appropriate safety gear? Is you opponent looking bigger and stronger than last time? Seriously, did he grow six inches? Whatever your thought process or preparation is you may be missing a key step. Are you wearing your protective eye-wear?   ... Read More
  Eye tracking, also referred to as visual tracking, is the ability of one's eyes to ?track? from left to right in an efficient manner, and ?follow? the movement of objects. Eye movements should be smooth and consistent, with the ability to be completed quickly.    ... Read More
  As children with undetected vision problems continue year after year, frustration with academic activities can be observed in behavior.  ... Read More
  The human brain measures time continuously, and has developed three general classes of timing systems: circadian, interval, and millisecond timing. Neuroscientists believe that we have distinct neural systems for processing these different types of time. Poor timing or synchronization between the three major brain networks has been implicated in several conditions.   ... Read More
  Well folks, Idaho has officially been taken over by ?Snowpocalypse.? While this record amount of snow poses a lot of challenges (school cancellations, treacherous driving, shoveling, flooding, etc.) it can also be an exciting time for outdoor enthusiasts! Anytime there is precipitation coming down in town winter sports enthusiasts can be spotted with enormous grins. What does that grin mean? Powder day, the best day of the year!   ... Read More
In this blog we are going to discuss Binocular Vision Assessments, how they differ from annual comprehensive eye exams and what type of doctor performs Binocular Vision Assessments. Binocular Vision Assessments diagnose and establish a treatment plan for Binocular Vision Dysfunction (also referred to as Binocular Vision Disorders); while annual comprehensive eye exams diagnose and establish a treatment plan for myopia (near-sightedness), hyperopia (far-sightedness), astigmatism, presbyopia,... Read More
Hockey is a fast paced, dynamic sport that requires a myriad of skill sets. Players aspiring to move up to the next level train year-round, both on and off the ice. Highly competitive players, and those on the brink of moving up, are using sports visual training to give them an edge against the competition.   ... Read More
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