Driving a car is a complex process that involves attention, focus, and awareness of your surroundings. While we often forget it, driving a car is a dangerous activity, that should not be taken lightly. The Qball is a unique tool for training (1) Fast Reactions; (2) Vision; (3) Awareness; and (4) Attention. By improving any or all of these skills, driving a car becomes safer for yourself and other drivers.
The Qball is a solid rubber reaction ball with a moderately erratic bounce. Each bounce is unique and must be watched and tracked in order to successfully bounce and catch the Qball.
By bouncing 1 or 2 Qballs (2 Qballs allows you to go faster) to waist height, alternating hands with each bounce, a person exercises their vision, reactions, spatial awareness and attention (if your mind wanders you will drop the ball). Go as fast as you can to challenge yourself to the best of your abilities, training your reactions to be faster and more accurate.
How to train direct vision
To train direct vision players should bounce and catch the Qball(s), alternating hands, and look at each ball directly to see the numbers clearly. This forces the lens in the eye to expand and contract to keep the Qball in focus, while the eyes also move laterally to keep the balls centered.
How to train peripheral vision
To train peripheral vision players should not look directly at the Qball(s), but move their eyes to other areas in their visual field, relying on their peripheral vision to track and react to the bouncing balls.
This exercises your peripheral vision, which can act as an early warning system alerting you to other cars or dangers while driving.
How to switch visual attention
This last exercise helps train players to switch their attention between direct visual tracking to peripheral visual tracking and back again very quickly. This exercise requires 2 Qballs, which the player bounces to waist height, alternating hands with each bounce.
During this exercise, the player only watches 1 Qball directly (the ball in their right hand for instance), and tracks the other Qball (in their left hand) using peripheral vision. Switching attention from your direct vision to peripheral vision takes time (150 – 300 milliseconds), so by practicing using the Qballs in this fashion, you are training the mind to switch attention systems faster.
These exercises translate into greater visual awareness, improving a person’s ability to switch attention from direct to peripheral and ultimately to react faster in the event of a dangerous situation.
Driving a car is done at high speed, and numerous skills are required to avoid a collision or danger. As we age our reaction time, visual awareness and attention decline.
By using the Qball to train these skills, a person can slow this decline and keep these skills sharp. Training with the Qball doesn’t guarantee you will never be involved in a car accident, but it can help you keep your skills sharp and give you a better chance of avoiding one.
Try the Qball today and see the results for yourself.
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