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Peripheral vision training is vital for athletes. Elite athletes SHOULD have a larger vision zone. They NEED to take in more information from the sides of their vision and process that information as fast as possible.

Reactions to changes in visual information are involved in some of the most incredible plays in the world. Athletes will make their biggest triumphs and their biggest mistakes within that peripheral vision zone.

So can this zone be trained? YES vision is a skill like any other that can be trained and improved. Sometimes athletes get better over time in play, but there are ways you can target your peripheral vision more specifically .

This skill transfers into play in many ways,

- Visual field is more open to see more opportunities, gaps, players.

- Greater awareness of the periphery around the athletes body means you are more likely to see a tackle or opponent coming towards you and are less likely to be caught off guard.

- Passes to team mates become possible in a wider range when the peripheral vision zone is further opened up, leading to an increase in opportunity and in accuracy too

Athletes with incredible vision zones tend to feel like they have more TIME to make decisions. Less rushed, less forced or panicked. Some describe it as a ‘matrix” like feeling. Were people and object around them feel as if they are moving slower than before. Providing more time to decide and react in play.

RECOGNITION is designed to train your peripheral vision and your ability to process visual information coming from the periphery.

Many athletes tend to make the most errors when information is coming from the sides of their vision. Watch yourself improve and see how that translates into your sport.

This could save you milliseconds, and those matter.

Take a look below at the many ways RECOGNITION can be integrated into your training.

When most people start using recognition they can only read the number WITHOUT looking at it between 5–10 degrees.

With training you should be able to read the number between 30–40 degrees.

 

Try using ACCELERATE on an angle either in the middle or the edge of your peripheral vision

 

 

When using recognition use different angles to train all area of your peripheral vision.

Try to Isolate ONE eye to increase difficulty.

 

 

Integration of Recognition

 

 

 

Reminder — Speak VERY clearly and loudly so that the voice recognition in your device can pick up what you are saying.

In NOISY environments we recommend using headphones with a microphone.

 

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