An overview of important vision skills for Archery

and how sports vision training can improve performance

An overview of important vision skills for Archery in Chattanooga

Sports Vision Training for Archery

Archery is a sport which requires intense focus, concentration, and precision. The very nature of the sport requires that, and often things are compounded by both the pressure of competition, crowds, and the allotted time to make the shot. Improving key vision skills can lead to dramatic increases in performance.

Sports vision training is about identifying the neuro-visual processes that are essential for high level athletic performance, and creating a customized training program that helps the athlete excel at those critical visual skills. As over 80% of all information processed in competitive sports is visual, athletes who undergo sports vision training have an edge over their competitors.

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Core Visual Skills

While there are a number of vision skills that are important for archers, some are more crucial to performance than others.

Core vision skills for archers include:

  • Hand-Eye-Body Coordination: While there are sports in which hand-eye coordination alone is more important, archery is a discipline which requires total body control as an archer lines up his shot and prepares to release. Improving this link between the eyes and body will enable better coordination, and thus superior performance when it counts.
  • Depth Perception and Distance Estimation: It’s easy to understand why this visual skill is vital for a successful archer. Having elite depth perception and an enhanced ability to effectively judge distance is required to reliably hit small targets at great distances.
  • Contrast Sensitivity: Contrast sensitivity is the ability to identify and track objects against different backgrounds, and in different lighting conditions. For archers, the ability to properly see the target no matter the colors around it or the lighting conditions is crucial for improving consistency in hitting the bulls-eye.
  • Visualization: As with many other sports, especially those which require precision, the ability to visualize yourself successfully performing an action such as making a perfect shot can increase your ability to actually pull it off. Archery is no exception, and training this skill can result in improved performance.

Secondary Visual Skills

Secondary visual skills for archers aren’t necessarily any less important than core visual skills, though they are not quite as central to what is needed for a racer to be successful.

Secondary visual skills for archers include:

  • Visual Concentration: This is the ability to “get in the zone” and maintain complete focus on a visual task while tuning out potential distractions. For archery, a sport which requires intense focus on a single task, improving this skill can make the difference between being good and being great.
  • Dynamic Visual Acuity: This is a skill which enables an athlete to track moving objects effectively. While in archery the target is often stationary, that is not always the case, and improved ability to track moving targets is therefore a vital skill to improve.
Secondary Visual Skills
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Dr. McBryar runs a specialty optometry practice, Amplify EyeCare Chattanooga, located in Hixson, Tennessee. Dr. McBryar specializes in the fields of developmental optometry, working with children and special needs to realize their full potential. 

She has many achievements in her field:

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry (ABO)
  • Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD)
  • Candidate for Fellowship in the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA)

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  • Vision therapy is well worth the response, time and effort. Our Son had a hard time focusing and writing neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time if previously took. His abilities to focus improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

    Also, he was better at listening. As a parent, we wanted learning to be fun for our Son, and vision therapy made this possible.


    Amanda T.

  • Vision Therapy is well worth the expense, time and effort. Our son had a hard time focusing handwriting neatly. After vision therapy Seth could complete a task in half the time it previously took his abilities to focus and improved greatly and so did his handwriting.

    Also, he was better at listening. As a parent you wanted learning to be fun for our son and vision therapy made this possible.


    Alexa H.

  • Vision Therapy has given or son the tools he needs to be able to scan and read the written word more effectively and efficiently.

    He love working with John and these working sessions give him the motivation to gladly work on his homework assignments.

    It amazed us to see the difference in the tracking of his eyes and along a line of it's from the beginning to the end of the treatment.

    Dr. McBryar , Kristen and John  are all marvelous and we would recommend them to anyone I only wish that we would have found them sooner!


    Charlotte M.

  • Prior to coming to the institute for vision development my son complained of daily headaches. Therapy has eliminated his headaches completely. I love knowing my son is able to learn pain-free for the rest of his life because of the work that has been done over just a few weeks in this office. He he absolutely loved coming that didn't even feel like going to a doctor or therapy. We are grateful for the relief he was able to find by coming here.

    Thank you!


    Olivia C.

  • Seems much less frustrated with life

    Reads non-stop and fast

    Spelling abilities have been hugely improved

    Seems much more confident

    Thank You!!!


    Kelly O.

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