Eye-hand and body coordination involves the integration of the eyes with the hands/body. It determines the effectiveness of a perceptual motor response to a visual stimulus.
Eye-hand coordination is the athlete’s ability to synchronize finger, hand and arm movements with constantly changing visual information from a dynamic sporting environment.
Why is eye-hand coordination important in athletic performance?
Visual coordination affects timing, reaction speed, body control and balance.
Numerous studies across various sports have shown that eye-hand coordination speed is faster among athletes when compared to non-athletes. In addition, studies have shown it to be a characteristic which distinguishes expertise levels among athletes.
How can athletes improve their eye-hand coordination skills?
Athletes can improve their eye-hand coordination skills with deliberate vision training exercises that require the synchronization of motor movements with visual input.
Effective exercises may vary from simple visual-response tasks that require minimal brain processing, such online computerized reaction speed tests, to more complex visual-response tasks that require greater analysis of visual information, such as juggling, soft toss, or computerized target shooting games.