The Quarterback's Success
NFL quarterbacks are arguably among the best athletes in any competitive professional sport. Hard work as well as physical ability helps them achieve success at this level. Part of this success can be contributed to a quarterback’s ability to see the field using their peripheral vision, which allows them to be aware of their surroundings in an incredibly short amount of time. Peripheral awareness enables elite quarterbacks to assess and make decisions much faster then those who do not fully utilize this skill.
Seeing the field, receivers and defenders concurrently use all areas of vision without taking that extra fraction of a second to turn their head. NFL quarterbacks often sift through their options so quickly that they can find their fourth and even fifth receiver in a progression. They can look off a defensive back to make him believe they are going to throw one way when all the while, their intent is to throw in an entirely different direction.
Quarterbacks at the professional level consistently need to see the play develop, check off receivers, identify defenders and make decisions while trying to keep from getting sacked as they remain in the pocket. The fastest, broadest use of peripheral vision not only benefits quarterbacks or professional athletes, it can benefit athletes of all skill levels. Our newly-opened sports vision training center, The Competitive Edge is designed to improve peripheral awareness, reaction time, eye-hand and foot speed. To find out more, click on Sports Vision.
Posted on 07/17/2013 1:32 PM by Dr. Jeff Kegarise