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The Vision Skills Needed for Quarterbacks to Succeed 

man holding football and football uniform in black 140039Here’s a question for you: what do you believe to be the most important skill required for a quarterback to succeed? A good quarterback needs a strong throwing arm, quick feet, strong cognitive skills, and leadership qualities —surely everyone could agree on that. But is that enough to truly excel at the sport?

Quarterbacks tend to intensively train their physical strength without realizing that enhancing their visual and cognitive skills could render their exercise drills more effective. Acute peripheral vision and exceptional reaction time, among other visual skills, are critical to quarterback’s success. Sports vision training lays the cornerstone for these skills and helps players be the athletes they know can be. Contact Dr. Kimberly Rock to see how sports vision training can help your child or players improve their game.

Quarterbacks Need Above-Average Vision Skills to Succeed

It goes without saying that a good quarterback needs to have a strong throwing arm. But a strong arm alone does not guarantee success. The quarterback needs to evaluate distance and other players’ speeds accurately, which is where visual skills come in.

Quarterbacks need to be aware of everyone and everything around them and understand the precise location and path of movement of every player. At the same time, they need to follow the ball.

Which Visual Skills Can Sports Vision Training Improve?

In a pass play, the quarterback gets the ball and draws back. Being at the back of the action, he has only a split second to choose among up to five receivers he could throw the ball to. Why only a split second? Because there are anywhere from 3 – 11 rivaling defense players trying to run the quarterback into the ground or get him to make the wrong decision.

Given this scenario, which visual skills are needed for a quarterback to succeed?

Eye Focusing Skills

Following a quick-moving object — i.e. the wide receiver —requires sustained focusing power control and an ability for the eyes to shift quickly and accurately.

Depth Perception

By increasing and stabilizing binocular depth perception, quarterbacks can improve their spatial judgment. If the receiver is farther than you assessed, your pass will not reach him. Is he closer than you thought? He may have to stretch, jump, or run for it.

Peripheral Vision

When the quarterback has the ball, all the opponent’s players’ eyes are on him. Most dangerous are those who can see the quarterback, but he can’t see them because they are at the edge of his visual field. Strong peripheral/side vision prepares quarterbacks to see where the defenders are located at any given time.

Visual Reaction Time

This refers to the speed with which the quarterbacks’ brain interprets and reacts to the opponent’s action. His next step depends on how quickly and efficiently his brain integrates the visual input with motor functions.

Gross-Visual Motor

The quarterback has processed all the information and reached a decision while he was moving. This requires excellent coordination between the eyes, hands, legs, and the rest of the body. Now it is time to act. With vision and movement perfectly aligned, the ball will reach the player the quarterback chooses at the exact point in space and time he decides.

What you just read was a second in a football game. Even though it wasn’t a particularly complicated situation, the advantages of superb visual skills are evident.

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Enhancing the Performance of a Quarterback

You can train visual skills just like you would any other skill. Optometrists, such as Dr. Kimberly Rock, offer sports vision training to help players achieve their goals and take their game to the next level. A functional eye exam will evaluate visual skills, after which Dr. Kimberly Rock will create a personal vision training plan. The child will typically receive in-office therapy once or twice a week, coupled with home exercises.

At Sports Vision Center, we help players be the athletes they know they can be. We train players from Columbus, Worthington Hills, New Albany, Sunbury, and throughout Ohio.

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How Do I Ski Better? It All Starts With Vision!

winter skiing blog imageYou just jumped off the lift and are ready to hit the slope. As an experienced skier, you look down the slope to identify obstacles, inspect the angles, and evaluate the consistency of the snow. If you want to be successful, you know that you need to plan out your line.

That’s all very nice — in theory. In real-life situations, the slope is not always visible. As you speed down you may suddenly encounter dangerous sections you weren’t previously aware of. Maybe an icy patch that is difficult to spot as contrasts is difficult to discern in the snow.

To Be an Excellent Skier, You Need Excellent Visual Skills

Contrast sensitivity is critical for skiing. A snowy landscape is a composition of white shades, and your safety depends on your ability to differentiate between them.

Let’s look at some other visual skills, which, when improved make you a better skier:

  • Depth awareness. With better awareness of space and distance, you can ski with greater confidence. This allows for higher speed and increased safety.
  • Peripheral vision. You are not alone on the slope, and the actions of others are not always predictable. Good peripheral vision allows you to identify any potential dangers that crop up from the side and avoid them.
  • Gross visual-motor. You can be in complete control of how you move around obstacles when vision and motor skills are perfectly aligned. Visual-motor coordination is fundamental for taking every turn exactly as planned.
  • Visual perception. Perceive and assess all that is going on in your visual field. Spot the next mogul before you feel it in your knees.
  • Reaction time. The speed at which you react depends on how quickly your brain comprehends what the eyes see. With faster reaction time you can ski safely at an increased speed.
  • Focus control. As you speed downhill, what was far away a second ago is suddenly right in front of you. Train your eyes to maintain simultaneous focus and quickly shift focus from near to far.

Sports Vision Training for Serious Skiers

Enhancing your visual skills will make skiing safer and more fun. And as a bonus, these skills will enable you to ski better and faster.

At , we provide functional eye exams to assess your visual skills and detect which ones are preventing you from becoming a champion skier.

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What Is Sports Vision Training?

Dr. Kimberly Rock will put together a personalized training program based on the results of your functional eye exam. Generally, you will attend weekly in-office training sessions followed with daily exercises to be carried out at home. The exercises may involve the use of special computer software to train your eyes, mechanical vision games, or traditional eye exercises.

Increase safety and improve performance on your next skiing vacation. Contact Sports Vision Center today to schedule a functional eye exam.

We train athletes from Columbus, Worthington Hills, New Albany, Sunbury, and throughout Ohio.

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Vision Therapy for Sports

Woman playing baseballSports is more than just a game. It’s about teamwork and unity, setting goals, hard work, and of course, winning. If you’re an athlete (or the parent of one), you know how serious sports and athletics can be.

Serious athletes need superior vision. The ability to gauge distance, have good hand-eye coordination, concentrate, and stay focused are all must-have skills for every athlete. When these visual skills are impaired, it can wreak havoc on their love of sports and social lives.

That’s where vision therapy helps. At Vision Therapy at Vision Professionals, we provide personalized vision therapy programs for our sports-loving patients.

What Does Sports Vision Therapy Treat?

Sports vision therapy strengthens your visual skills for athletics. It doesn’t correct vision problems; it boosts your visual abilities by retraining your eyes. In fact, vision therapy is often nicknamed “physical therapy for the eyes”.

Dr. Kimberly Rock creates a customized program that can help with:

  • Contrast sensitivity
  • Eye teaming
  • Focus
  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Visual perception
  • Visual tracking

So if you have trouble distinguishing brightness of colors, if your eyes don’t work together well, if it’s difficult for you to stay focused, or if your eyes have a hard time seeing moving objects, we can help.

How Can Sports Vision Therapy Improve My Game?

How many times have you heard the phrase “keep your eye on the ball”? Coaches, players, and parents say it (and shout it) from the stands. It’s more than just a saying, it’s a necessary skill on the field. An athlete who has trouble with visual tracking will have a hard time keeping their eye on the ball as it sails through the air because their eyes just can’t track quick movements very well.

Sports vision therapy to the rescue! Using a combination of exercises and special therapeutic lenses, Dr. Kimberly Rock can teach your eyes how to track movements correctly. Better visual tracking skills means better performance on the field and in the game.

Personalized With YOU in Mind

When it comes to vision therapy for sports, there is no “one size fits all” solution. Each patient is different, and so is their vision, their athletic abilities, and the type of game they’re in. Baseball, basketball, football, cheerleading, hockey – they all have very different skill sets and require unique kinds of treatment.

Dr. Kimberly Rock creates a customized vision therapy program with YOU in mind. Whatever sport you’re into and whatever kind of training you need to play and compete, we’ve got you covered.

Vision therapy can help you do what you do best: play the game you love!

If you or your child is struggling in sports, contact Vision Therapy at Vision Professionals. Schedule a consultation with our eye doctor and we’ll help you get back to being the kind of athlete you want to be.


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