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Grant Hayes

AIM small MISS small

Can you be pin point accurate?

Missing by a millimetre in sport may as well be missing by a mile. A millimetre can mean the difference between scoring or missing. A millimetre can mean the difference between your team mate getting your pass or missing it. A millimetre can mean the difference between losing and winning.

When milliseconds matter and millimetres matter its vital athletes these days are pinpoint accurate as consistently as possible. With the advancement in technology for specialised playing surfaces, equipment and clothing the gap between winning and losing is closer than ever. YES talent matters, of course it does, but can athletes rely on raw talent alone? The talent pool is bigger than ever, access to talent has been spread to the corners of the globe and no stone is left unturned. SO again, do you need to be pinpoint accurate?

 

 

Accuracy and precision matter if you want to #BeFirst in sports today.

Sport happens in motion. Athletes need to be able to track objects and react to them as quickly and accurately as possible. Team sports in particular have to be able to track multiple objects AND anticipate their next move. Ever seen a talented athlete just ‘read’ play so beautifully? Thats anticipation, and it isn’t just coming from experience. It comes from accuracy, speed, tracking, reacting and timing.

So aside from playing your sport over and over to train these skills and gain experience, what else can be done to ensure accuracy is pinpoint and fast? Can we train the brain of an athlete to be good at tracking and anticipating multiple objects? Keep in mind that athletes need recovery, so while practising sport is critical, more and more practise beyond what the body can recover from can be detrimental. Overtrained athletes will struggle despite the amount of work put into practise.

Take a look at quick react below. Small moving targets that must be hit with accuracy. Athletes need to anticipate the movements of the targets and accurately hit them with a finger, NOT a whole hand. THINK about gross and fine motor skills, accuracy, precision, timing. Athletes do not have to get overly fatigued or add another element into their training that could possibly fatigue them when training these skills.

QUICK REACT

It is rare for sport to happen in a predictable pace. Let alone any targets to be totally stationary. Some athletes need to assess and react to moving targets that need to be AVOIDED in order to hit a stationary target. Quick react allows this scenario to be trained. Athletes need to react with a split focus and be precise every time.

The better trained an athlete is at this skill, the more relaxed they are under pressure. It is vital to be fast to react AND fast to relax. Speed comes from the ability to contract AND relax. Excessive tension will only slow an athlete down.

 

 

Depth perception has a massive impact on accuracy. Take a look at the above diagram. If ONE eye is slightly off the degree of missing the target gets larger the further away it is. Eyes MUST be equal in ability to track and focus on targets at all speeds and all directions. Any discrepancy results in suppression by the brain (as discussed in our last article) and then results in a lack of accuracy.

The impacts on hand eye co-ordination. This also means it takes this athlete longer to process where the target is, how far away it is. If the target is moving it is even harder. Moving objects or players around the target increase the difficulty still. How accurate can an athlete be in these circumstances? How fast can the athlete be?

Fusion is designed to test and train both eyes to work together AND to train them to move in unison and focus on beads that vary in their distance from the eyes. Depth perception training can reduce and eliminate suppression, increase the ability of the eyes and brain to accurately judge distance and speed with accuracy, and result in higher accuracy in reaction to targets.

When using FUSION and make sure you have the perfect X. You can read more about fusion HERE

Remember to train with quick react and dynamic react using one arm independently and also both arms alternating LEFT and RIGHT. A common mistake is athletes make is to use their dominant arm 70 percent of the time. Use both equally.

You have two eyes, try training quick react and dynamic react with one eye patched. Alternate between eyes. Using one eye challenges reaction time and accuracy and allows for situations in sport where one eye may be blocked by sunstrike, or solid objects or players blocking its full vision.

Be accurate with both eyes and with one eye at a time.

Milliseconds matter.

Learn to react precisely to small moving targets.

Train accurate depth perception to increase hand eye co ordination and accuracy in hitting targets.

Be so well trained at the above that you can do it with relaxed speed and less tension. Time will slow down for you.

 

 

Its easy to hit a light the size of a fist, but can you be pin point accurate with your fingertips?

Can you hit a target that is moving and anticipate its speed?

 

 

#BeFirst Quick React

Reacting to a stimulus at rapid pace
Eye hand reaction
Fast processing

Training Options

Left Arm ONLY
Right Arm ONLY
Both arms ALTERNATING 
Add LOAD via using a band 
Patch 1 eye

 

 

#BeFirst Dynamic React

Multi object tracking
Anticipation 
Eye hand reaction
Interceptions
Prediction

Training Options

Left Arm ONLY
Right Arm ONLY
Both arms ALTERNATING 
Add LOAD via using a band 
Patch 1 eye