INSTITUTE OF SPORT, SHEFFIELD JANUARY 2007
Involved in vision screening for team GB JUDO youth team. Data collected and analysed highlights that the majority of elite athletes in Judo are cross dominant. The visual-body set up of an individual will play a huge role on whether a person will have a natural advantage in certain sports.
Taking this a stage further, we can, to a degree, predict which type of sport a child would be better at. The Australians have been doing this for many years with body shape – taller, bigger footed kids are steered towards the swimming pool. Given that VISION is the source of 80-85% of sensory information ion sport, this could play a huge part in the success of the next generation of team GB; Many are put off all sport because of difficulties experienced with the first sports they play at school. Perhaps if they could have been directed to sports that would work well with their visual-body set up, a bigger pool would continue to be motivated to succeed and remain in sport.
Sports-Vision.co.uk, based at Patrick and Menzies Independent optometrists, Essex, achieve registration with British Olympic Association through the Johnson and Johnson sponsored sports-vision education programme.
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