Simple Vision Training Exercises
Dynamic Visual Acuity Exercise
If you have a record player at the home (I know, very old fashioned), the American Optometric Association recommends the following homemade exercise to improve dynamic visual acuity.
Step 1 - Cut letters of different sizes out of a magazine
Use different speeds (33, 45, and 78 revolutions per minute), and progress to smaller letters if the exercise becomes too easy.
Step 2 - Put the letters on the turntable
Step 3 - At arm's length, identify the letters as they revolve.
Eye Focusing Exercise
One simple way to speed up your focusing ability is to practice changing focus between your computer screen and a picture hanging on the wall across the room, or a scene outside the window. You can also practice by looking from the dashboard to other cars on the street, or from a book on your desk to a bulletin board on the wall.
Incorporate Vision Training into Your Hitting Drills
Use a marker to write numbers (0-9) on two sides of the balls you use during hitting drills. Players must pick up the number on the ball. For an added challenge you can also write numbers in either red or black. Write each number in both colors on different balls. Otherwise players will remember that 5 is red, or that 3 is black. Each number should appear in red on some balls and in black on others.
Simple - Pick up just the color
Medium - Pick up just the number
Harder - Pick up the number and color
Hardest - Increase the speed of the pitch and have batters pick up both the number and color
Colored Ball Drill
Mark balls with three different colors. Assign a signal for each color. For example:
Players must perform the correct action based on the color marking on the ball.
- blue - hit away
- green - take one
- red - bunt
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