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Sports Vision Training for Football

Sports Vision Training for Football

No matter what position you play, your core athletic skills come down to how quickly and accurately you visually interpret and react to the play in real-time. These skills can be refined, improved, and enhanced through sports vision training. At the , near Brampton, can help professional and aspiring athletes to maximize their game.

Enhanced Vision Skills for Football

It takes way more than strength and speed to play at the top. The skills required by an elite football player—the skills that make the difference between good and great—all depend on vision skills which can be perfected. These skills include:

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Peripheral vision
  • Reaction time
  • Visual memory
  • Depth-perception

All these core vision skills that make or break an athlete can be improved, so you can dramatically up your game.

Sports Vision Training for Football 2Vision Skills Required by the Quarterback

Before the play, the Quarterback goes up to the line and needs to take in the whole field, movement of players from both sides as well as direction and speed. He needs to react to the defense based on that visual memory and what he picks up on visual cues—to predict what opposing players, as well as teammates, are about to do before the play.

During the play, he has about 3 seconds to drawback, assess 3-5 potential receivers in time and space, and predict who has the best chance of being open and making the catch. He then needs to complete the pass all while avoid getting tackled himself.

Acute peripheral vision and exceptional reaction time are pivotal to quarterback’s success.

Vision Skills Required by the Running-Back

The running-back is standing behind the quarterback and relies on visual memory as to who is where, and where the hole is. Does he need to cut to the right or left? When the ball snaps and he gets the ball, he has to see the players beyond the first yard and make snap decisions in motion. Right, left or ahead?

This requires amazing peripheral vision and awareness of all players, where they are, and their direction and speed. Most importantly, he has to accurately interpret all that visual information and rapidly make a decision.

Vision Skills Required by the Receiver

Before the play, the receiver is reading the visual cues from the quarterback and has to rely on visual memory once the play starts. He MUST know that the quarterback will throw the ball when he’s in a specific position. To do this, he relies on trainable visual memory. To predict the path of the ball accurately and move to catch it successfully even when the sun is in your eyes, he needs to remember exactly where the ball going when his view was obstructed.

Vision Skills Required by the Linebacker

The linebacker relies on much the same vision skills as the quarterback and running-back, just from the opposite side. Has to predict what they’re doing in order to intercept the pass or tackle the runner or quarterback.

All these visual skills, from visual memory, hand-eye coordination and reaction time, can be significantly improved through sports vision training at the .

For an assessment of more information, please give us a call. We provide sports vision training for football, baseball, basketball and more to Brampton, Milton, Mississauga, and Etobicoke and throughout Ontario.


COVID-19 Update:

Dr. Greg Thompson and Dr Rick Thompson are seeing patients for urgent and emergency eye care problems by appointment during the COVID-19 situation. This includes eye infections, sore or painful eyes, sudden vision changes, and broken eye glasses for those with strong prescriptions. For urgent problems please call or text our cell phone at 437-388-1136. We can solve many problems over the phone, or see patients in our clinic if necessary.

Here is our COVID -19 schedule (consultation by appointment only):

Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Sunday: Closed

For routine eye care, we will be scheduling patients when we get further instructions from the College of Optometrists of Ontario. For non-urgent messages and to order contact lenses please email us at or call 905-793-2020.

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