In the past, I have told softball players a lot of times how important it is to have good and proper nutrition. Although softball is a non-contact sport unlike football and soccer, you must have enough energy not only to be able to stay active for the whole seven innings of the game but also to be a mentally tough player and be able think on your feet. Softball is not just about capitalizing on your skills. Your body need to be properly fueled to play the game and having the right nutrition is half the battle.
Unfortunately, a lot of softball players as well as other athletes do not know how the foods that you eat can impact your performance. In fact, a lot of the softball players that I coach have asked me a lot of questions about those that are related to nutrition such as carbohydrates, recovery and body fat. And this is the primary reason why I would share with you some of the questions that I get asked time and again about nutrition as well as some softball nutrition tips that would help you play well and be at the top of your game.
Q. How can I build my muscles and at the same time, decrease body fat?
Major and minor athletes require conditioning training to make sure they perform their best. Many athletes endure testing to make sure their conditioning is working properly and one of the major health tests that athletes are subject to are sports vision tests. These sports vision tests help test the skills developed by sports pros and can help further improve performance. These tests including: hand-eye coordination which athletes see how their coordination lines up. This specific test is great for tennis and baseball players to see how they anticipate hitting a fast-moving ball; Improved depth perception aids downhill skiers as they negotiate turns to avoid obstacles; and eye tracking ability – an important test for any athlete – includes following and anticipating the motion of a moving ball, this helps basketball players as they drill up and down the court.
Sports vision tests help assess how well an athlete sees and can be used to train them to improve their visual function. Each vision test has their own set of tests that help assess the athlete’s vision. The Snellen eye chart, for example, helps with hand-eye coordination examinations. Most of us are used to the Snellen eye chart – it’s the chart your optometrist makes you read from to fully test your vision. If you have issues reading the eye chart, then you’ll be fitted with proper eyeglasses or contacts to improve your visual acuity. The contrast sensitivity tests will assess how well someone picks up the contrast of parallel stripes against a background that will begin to match the stripe’s shade. This is great for golfers who need to be able to see the contrast of the green.
Eye tracking devices will help assess how well your eyes follow and track a movie object – then it will work to improve your visual tracking. The test is usually done on a computer system where your eyes can be tracked electronically as it follows the motion on a screen. All of the movements are recorded by the computer. The results will help the athlete learn where their vision is weaker and stronger.