Title: Oregon State
Author list: Bruce Madsen MD, Athletic Eye Institute, Kyle Blair, Western University of Health Sciences
License type: CC-BY.
Keywords: Sports vision training, dynamic visual acuity, visual tracking, softball
Abstract: Sports vision training involves eye focusing and movement workouts that center on the visual tracking of objects. The purpose of sports vision training is to improve performance in various sports by improving visual responses and processing, such as by lowering reaction times. In 2015, the Athletic Eye InstituteLLC started a sports vision-training program study with the Oregon State University Softball Team in the hopes of increasing the dynamic visual skills of their players. There were two aims of this study. The first aim was to test the hypothesis that softball athletes would show improvement over time in the specific sports vision training tests. The second aim was to test the hypothesis that sports vision training would lead to improvements of offensive batting statistics from the 2015 season, when players did not have vision training, to the 2016 season, after players had begun vision training. Results showed significant improvements in the scores from the initial to final training session for eight out of ten visual training tests. However, OSU softball player offensive batting statistics showed no significant improvement from the 2015 season to the 2016 season, or compared to other teams. This study showed that performances of sports vision tests can be improved over time with training, but that these improvements may not translate into improvements in softball offensive batting statistics.