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Sports Vision Training consists of the learning and training of Dynamic Visual Skills – that is “Vision in Motion”. These skills include Accommodation and Convergence, Anticipation Timing, Concentration under Stress, Depth Perception, Eye-Hand Coordination, Peripheral Awareness, Speed and Span of Recognition and Visual Reaction Time. (For more in-depth explanations, see the attached Visual Skills definition sheet.) These are all learned skills that can be improved with practice.

The following is an explanation of the most relevant dynamic visual skills associated with volleyball.

Accommodation And Convergence

Eye tracking ability is important since quick, accurate saccades (or eye movements), are needed to rapidly survey the locations and movements of the other eleven players and the ball, in relationship to the net, boundary lines, etc.

Since the ball and other players move quickly, it is necessary to shift focus from near to far or intermediate targets rapidly throughout the contest.

Concentration

In this fast moving sport, where so many play developments and tactics are used, it is very important for all players to keep constant focus on the ball throughout each volley.

Depth Perception

Necessary for accurate serving, setting and boundary line play or no play determination.

Eye Fatigue

Volleyball is a very fatiguing sport which requires excellent conditioning. Physical fatigue can greatly affect concentration, visual reaction time and eye-hand coordination. Eye fatigue can also affect performance levels in much the same way. When the muscles in our eyes feel tired or strained, we feel the fatigue all over. Just like a weight lifting routine is used to increase physical endurance, visual exercises can be used to strengthen the eye muscles and thereby, reduce eye fatigue.

Eye-Hand Coordination

The visual system leads the motor system. Our hands or feet or body respond to the information the eyes have sent to the brain. If the information is incorrect, even to the slightest degree, there is a good chance that we will err in our physical response. In volleyball, this skill becomes one of the most important, when serving, passing, setting, bumping, blocking, diving or spiking.

Peripheral Awareness

Peripheral acuity is very important for a volleyball player on either defence or offense as the player must always focus on the ball while also maintaining an awareness of where his fellow teammates are in relation to the offensive or defensive alignments of the opponents.

Speed And Span Of Recognition

The amount of time it takes a player to recognize a play and react to it, by adjusting his/her body position, can be crucial. Opportunities to return a spiked ball, which can be travelling at over 70mph, only present themselves for a fraction of a second. Absorbing as much information as possible will enable players to anticipate all possible play developments and therefore foil any s

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