For an athlete to perform at their best, they must consider optimizing many variables. Hydration, nutrition, sleep, conditioning, strength, agility, just to name a few. One factor that should not be ignored is vision. Athletes rely on vision to lead the execution of body movements. Think how hard it would be to hit a baseball with your eyes closed. You wouldn’t know when or where to swing!
Now imagine you are an athlete who’s visual system is as good as it could possibly be at eye movements, eye teaming, eye focusing, visualization, anticipation, visual attention, central-peripheral integration, visual spatial memory and awareness. It may be the one factor you can control which gets you to the next level.
Stephen Curry has been working hard to maximize his visual potential. Watch this video as he trains his brain to operate with glasses which intermittently block his vision. As his vision is blocked he must make up for the lost sensory information by speeding up higher levels of visual processing such as anticipation, visual attention, central-peripheral integration, visual spatial memory and awareness. By speeding up his vision, the game will actually slow down for Stephen, allowing him to process more information on the court and execute at a higher level.