Baseball is arguably one of the sports where great vision is most important. Sports vision therapy can help significantly at improving performance when it comes to playing baseball. A few of the visual skills baseball players should have are ocular motility, focusing abilities, eye teaming, peripheral awareness, dynamic visual acuity, visualization, and reaction time.
In order to score runs, the batter must hit the ball into play (preferably not directly to an opposing player). A fastball traveling at 90 mph does not leave a lot of time to make a decision, the batter has milliseconds to react and decide whether or not to swing at the ball. For batters reaction time can mean the difference between a strike and a home run.
The following skills are important for batters:
As a pitcher, you try to get the batter out either by striking them, while also being aware of other players trying to steal bases. The pitcher must throw the baseball with pinpoint accuracy, while at the same time making it as difficult for the batter to hit it as possible.
Pitchers should have the following skills:
Outfielders have a lot to manage. They’re responsible for dealing with anything hit into the outfield, whether in the air or on the ground. An outfielder also has to throw the ball back into the infield, often quickly and with accuracy.
Important skills for an outfielder include:
The catcher must be aware of what is going on on all the bases as well as catch and throw the ball.
The following skills are essential for a catcher:
Infielders need to have extremely high levels of precision and quick reaction times to field a ground ball or line drive or to throw accurately to a base.
An infielder should have the following skills:
Make an appointment with Dr. McBryar if you are serious about gaining an edge on the competition. In the evaluation, Dr. McBryar will evaluate the visual skills that you use in your sport and identify the visual skills that will give you the edge over your competition. Sports vision training is tailored to the visual skills that will enhance your game in the specific sport and position that you play. Weekly training sessions are done in our office in Hixson (near Chattanooga), one on one with a vision therapist. Daily exercises are performed at home in addition to the in office therapy. A study at the University of Cincinnati showed an increase of over 10% on all batting parameters after sports vision training.