There are roughly 640 muscles in the human body. Athletes spend an inordinate amount of time training and strengthening almost every single one of them.
Yet there are six that are often forgotten: the Superior Oblique, Superior Rectus, Medial Rectus, Lateral Rectus, Inferior Rectus, and Inferior Oblique.
Or, simply put: Your eyes.
The aforementioned six muscles are the sextuplet that comprise your eyes, which are undoubtedly the most important – and often most ignored – muscles for an athlete. The vast majority of players train their eyes simply by playing, doing little else to strengthen the muscles that will predetermine every play and every action as all volleyball skills are visually guided task.
Just as athletes perform hundreds of repetitions squatting and pressing and deadlifting, we at Volleyball1on1 believe that you must also be strengthening your eyes. And we know the best techniques and have the best resources to do so.
Our off the court training will improve visual muscle acuity on the court, including speed, endurance, strength and focus.
Additional benefits beyond speed, endurance, strength and focus include:
- Improved ability to correctly OBSERVE objects
- Improved ability to correctly ORIENTATE object
- Improved ability to correctly DECIDE once you observe and orientate
- Improved ability to correctly ACT once you observe, orientate and decide
- Essentially players improve their ability to quickly go through the OODA Loop which will result in improved “Reading” and a “Slowing” of the ball and game effect (Read more on this topic here!)
- Improved peripheral vision – side to side
- Improved peripheral vision – up and down
- Greater ability to use the eyes while moving or performing tasks. This is critical as most volleyball skills are performed while moving which is more difficult visually
- Improvement in the ability to use the eyes for a fine-centered task for longer periods of time.
- Enhanced ability to “center” their focus and thus manage pressure on the court.
- Greater ability to reach the athletic “zone” which is a visually guided task.
The most proven technique to strengthen and improve your vision is the SlowTheGameDown VPX poster. The VPX poster by SlowTheGameDown, is used by hundreds of the world’s greatest athletes, ranging across a wide variety of sports, including baseball, where vision and subsequent reaction are critical to success.
Says Bill Harrison, the owner and founder of SlowTheGameDown, a partner of Volleyball1on1: “SlowTheGameDown has been training athletes for over 40 years, from George Brett in 1971, to the AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays in 2015, and the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants in 2010, 2012 and 2014. We believe everything you do in your sport begins with what you see. We can help you develop superior eye-mind-body reactions so that your game-speed performance is automatically enhanced.”
Drill 1 of 15 – Observation and Orientation Using the VPX Poster
This drill is the most simple. You will notice players are not moving physically. This drill teaches players to correctly OBSERVE and ORIENTATE. OO of the OODA Loop. This drill will also fine centered task and enhances focus under pressure on the court.
Drill 4 of 15 – Peripheral Vision Using the VPX Poster
This drill is a great drill to help blockers improve their peripheral vision across the net. This is great for middles blockers who need to quickly sequenced Ball – Setter – Ball – Hitter and stretch their vision.
If you are a coach or player looking to improve your performance on the court, improving your vision may be the most effective step in doing just that.
Volleyball1on1 will be offering 12 Complimentary Large Team Posters and Individual Player posters at all volleyball1on1 camps this summer. These posters are complimentary with all camp sign ups before February 15th, 2017. Click Here to see Volleyball1on1 SlowTheGameDown Camp Bonus!