Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Boost Sports Performance With Vision Training

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Boost Sports Performance With Vision Training.

There's no denying sharp eyes are involved in sports... whether baseball or football, golf 
or another sport, good vision is key to doing well. Now many athletes are adding a new thing 
to their practice - vision training. This technique has been around for a while, 
but only recently has research suggested there might be something to it, you might be able to train yourself to see better without using glasses or having surgery.

Vision training has been able to help cadets pass pilot vision proficiency tests. 
Professional teams are experimenting with the idea 
and some players report the technique has made their vision sharper.
Earlier work on vision training has shown that it helps the performance of table tennis players, golfers
and field hockey players. Still the sample sizes in these projects were small and variables not easy 
to manage. Athletes are notoriously hard to study or understand what motivates.

It's easy to understand why vision training has been getting so much attention from psychophysicists, neurologists, optometrists and vision scientists, but in truth has little to do with improving eyesight.
The technique is a form of perceptual learning that is more about improving the ability to process
what you see. The idea being that if visual sensory neurons are activated a lot, they increase 
their ability to send electrical signals from cell to cell across the synapses.

If the neurons aren't used, over time transmissions get weaker. Just like with your muscles, 
the sensory neurons need to be used, or they are lost. Training your vision doesn't call for anything particularly difficult - focus one at a time on beads held at intervals on a length of string, 
one end held at the tip of your nose.
This particular exercise improves convergence and the ability to focus both near and far away.
There are companies who make products that are thought to strengthen peripheral vision. 
It's a game much like Whack-a-Mole, smacking at bulbs as they flash on and off, while keeping 
the gaze focused straight in front of you. The targets get progressively harder to pick out.

There is research from a team of psychologists that appears in the journal Current Biology 
that shows baseball players from the University of California, Riverside were able to improve 
in reading of eye charts (and batting averages) by 30% after finishing over two dozen 
25 minute sessions of vision training with a computer program. 
The players who didn't get the training didn't have the improvement.

Another study of University of Cincinnati baseball players showed impressive improvement 
in the batting average of players who took six weeks of different types of vision training. 
The team batting average rose 34 points from the previous year, a bigger improvement than other NCAA teams. What's more, errors went down by 15%, and fielding assists increased by 8%.

There's also work appearing in a recent issue of JAMA Ophthalmology on stroke, glaucoma 
and brain injury patients whose vision has been vastly improved as a result of vision training. Computer based vision training improved glaucoma patient's peripheral vision by an amazing 19%. Vision may be able to be improved with practice, not just in the optics of the eye, 
but in the central processing centers of the brain itself. 
Just as physical training is today, may suspect vision training must be tailored to the person.
A bit of discomfort is normal.

Kirsten Whittaker
Daily Health Bulletin Editor

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