The world of sport can offer many examples. Think about a footballer running from one side of the field to another avoiding other players; or else, about a rugby player passing the ball to a partner; or even when a boxer dodges a direct hit. In all these cases, and in many others, body eye coordination is the first ally that helps sportsmen.
What are the main visual skills in sport?
- Perception of dynamic depth, which involves both the ability of the person to move easily in three-dimensional space and to assess the distance of objects. In sports, it is in particular the binocular vision (i.e. the use of both eyes) that makes the difference. Calculating the timing for anticipating one's interventions or correcting one's movements are the basis of a sportsman's activities, which is why the perception of dynamic depth is so important.
- Dynamic visual sharpness. That is, the ability to see moving objects well, especially those in rapid movement. This aspect involves binocular coordination and several other visual skills, such as the relationship between the main object being observed and the background, peripheral perception, visualization, visual memory and all aspects of visual organization for which binocular coordination is important.
- Saccadic movements. This is the ability to read and react quickly and accurately compared to other athletes or objects (for example, a ball fast approaching)
- Body eye / hand eye coordination. These skills are essential for anticipating movements, reacting and initiating action. They are particularly useful in sports involving the use of equipment (e.g. balls, rackets, bows or clubs). When we have to jump, eye leg coordination is activated; when we have to dodge a blow to the chest, eye thorax coordination is activated;
- Spatial analysis. It is necessary to keep the lucidity of controlling the peripheral space high, while the main focus is on a stimulus coming from a specific point.
Optometric training: pure training for your eyes
In competitions, for example, when the mind focuses on other matters, the athlete does not pay particular attention to the dynamic perception of depth. That's why training this kind of training is important: so that even under stressful conditions the athlete has good dynamic perception of depth.
Beyond hand eye coordination in sports: how to train coordination at the gym
In this sense, training in the gym is ideal, regardless of whether the objective is to improve sports-specific or generic body eye coordination. In the second case, you can do many possible exercises with the Skilltools. One of the easiest to perform, either alone or in pairs, is the ball throw, which you can perform with either the med ball or the slam ball.