Vision for Boxing

Dr. Russel Lazarus, January 4, 2021
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Having 20/20 vision is important for a boxer, but having the visual skills necessary for boxing can help you to size up your opponent, recognize feints, and prepare for that right cross that will send your opponent down for the count. 

Your visual skills play an essential role in your boxing performance and safety in the ring.

There are many different visual skills— some that help you identify the muscle twitch in your opponent’s jaw, some that help you detect an imminent uppercut, and some that help you time your jab for that effective knockout blow.

Without well developed visual skills, your boxing performance and ability to rack up those TKOs will be affected.

This article will explain why your boxing skills are actually dependent on your visual skills, and help you to understand the specific visual skills necessary for success in the boxing ring.

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Which visual skills are essential for boxing?

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Depth perception
  • Eye tracking
  • Peripheral vision
  • Visualization
  • Visual reaction time

Hand-eye coordination

Eye-hand coordination allows you to react to incoming visual information with accurate body movements. 

This skill is essential for boxing as it enables accurate timing and control over your body movements and allows you to execute accurate punches and jabs while avoiding your opponent’s planned hooks.

Depth perception

Depth perception allows you to identify the exact location and distance of your opponent. 

This skill enables you to move quickly and with precision while avoiding his jab or cross.

Eye tracking 

This skill allows you to accurately track the movement and arc of your opponent’s incoming punch. 

By detecting the intended blow accurately, you can quickly and deftly move your head or body to avoid it— and then deliver your counter attack.

Peripheral vision

Your peripheral vision, or your ’side’ vision, allows you to see things from the corner of your eye— from the sudden shuffle of his feet to the slight movement of his back. 

This skill is essential for anticipating your opponents next move, detecting an impending cross jab and protecting your safety during a match.

Visualization

Visualization is a skill that enables you to imagine and plan your next move as well as appreciate what your opponent may be planning.

As you imagine a movement in your mind, your brain prepares your muscles to perform that exact movement. Visualization allows you to develop consistency in your performance.

This visual skill is essential for boxing, as it facilitates an effective punch as you visualize your opponent going down, just as planned.

Visual reaction time

The faster your brain processes the visual information coming from your eyes, the quicker you will be able to react in a given situation.

This skill will help you to defend yourself and protect your safety throughout the match.

What can I do to improve my boxing skills?

If boxing gets your blood pumping, but you’d like to land more crushing punches, improving your visual skills can help both your confidence and performance in the ring.

Vision therapy could just be what you need to take your performance in the ring to the next level.

With vision therapy, you can train the connections between your eyes and brain to strengthen your visual skills and enhance your boxing performance. 

Schedule an appointment with your eye doctor for a thorough evaluation of your functional vision.

Your doctor will determine which visual skills require strengthening, and can prescribe a program of vision therapy to help you gain the confidence you seek and the boxing champion reputation you desire.