Want to know one of the secrets behind Babe Ruth’s legendary batting abilities? Turns out it is a relatively simple neurological process that you utilize on a daily basis: eye-hand coordination. Scientists at Columbia University studied the famous baseball player, putting him through a rigorous series of tests and exercises. Among other incredible findings, they discovered that Babe Ruth’s coordination of eyes, brain, nervous system and muscle response was practically perfect. Today many psychologists view eye-hand coordination as one of the most important, yet often overlooked, talents in sports.
What is eye-hand coordination:
Eye-hand coordination is the coordinated control of eye and hand movement, and relies on the input of visual information and a responding muscular reaction to complete a task, such as catching a ball or handwriting. Essentially it is the ability of your visual system to process information and direct the movement of your hands.
How does eye-hand coordination work:
The process of eye-hand coordination is a complex process that begins when your eyes fixate on an object. The eyes provide the brain with basic information on the object, such as size and shape, as well as spatial information. The brain sends this visual information to the occipital lobe, which then sends it to the frontal lobe. The frontal lobe decides on the best course of action and activates the cerebellum, also known as the motor cortex. which controls motor coordination and movement of the hands. Signals are transmitted through the spinal cord to the target muscle, in this case the hands, and a corresponding reaction occurs.
How it benefits you in your daily life:
Eye-hand coordination is necessary for completing even the simplest tasks, such as picking up an object, typing, or putting on your shoe. Every hour, with out even realizing it, you are relying on eye-hand coordination to get through your day. It has also been found that eye-hand coordination in young children improves cognitive and social skills, setting the stage for their future success. Athletes are even more reliant on eye-hand coordination than the average person, and many of the greatest moments in sports, whether it’s the winning home run or an epic tennis return that wins the match, are achieved because of exceptional eye-hand coordination abilities.
The Qball and eye-hand coordination:
The Qball is a fun, easy tool that can help you improve your eye-hand coordination and take your sports game to a new level. Due to the erratic bounce of the Qball an individual must focus and intensely watch the Qball, and react quickly to the corresponding bounces. This not only improves your eye-hand coordination, but also your speed and reaction times.