They say that the eyes are the “window to the soul,” but are they also the key to improving athletic performance? When it comes to eyesight and athletics, the topic of vision comes to mind–if your vision is blurry surely you can’t catch the ball or aim properly when shooting a basket.
But for Dr. Sherylle Calder, of South Africa is the world’s leading sports scientist and performance coach. As the first sports practitioner to be awarded a Doctorate in Visual Performance, Dr Calder has set the standard with the most pioneering, well‐researched and effective training techniques in the world.
So what is her focus? Visual Performance: eye-hand, foot and body coordination to help athletes see better and anticipate quicker, thus improving the visual motor system and decision-making.
“The eyes have to move effectively, just like the body,” Calder, the first sports scientist to be awarded a doctorate in visual performance, tells CNN Sport.
“Most people believe we are born with the system we have, but you can train the eyes, the brain and the body to perform better.
“We warm up the rest of the body, but about 80 to 90% of the information that you base a decision on comes from the eyes and it’s the only system we put by the wayside.”
In the world of elite-level athletics, incremental change can be the difference between those that are at the top of their game and those that finish in second place.
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