According to the International Sports Vision Association (ISVA), vision, just like speed and strength, is a critical component in how well you play any sport. They define sports vision as the science of helping athletes reach peak levels of performance through the enhancement of visual skills. (1)
The ISVA website explains that vision has been described as the most variable of all the senses that affect sport performance. Because information gathered through vision is thought to dominate over information from other sensory systems, it is recognized as essential to successful performance in almost every sport.(1)
A growing body of evidence confirms that visual abilities can be strengthened and enhanced by means of appropriate visual training.
Optometrists with expertise in sports vision assessment and training, along with other professionals such as ophthalmologists, athletic trainers, and coaches can work together to train athletes of all ages and skill levels to help improve visual function, leading to improved performance. Athletes who use their visual system to its maximum potential will gain optimal performance and a competitive edge.