Posted at 2:48 PM on July 13, 2007
by Tom Scheck
There has been plenty of attention on eye exercises lately. I'm a runner and I ride bikes and I swim so I think it's safe to say that I know a lil' bit about exercise. That being said - I have never done anything to exercise my eyes. My wife may argue with that since she giggles every time I see an attractive lady.
Well, apparently it's all the rage (not me looking at attractive ladies - the eye exercises). This MLB story says Travis Hafner says he routinely does eye exercises on something called the "I trac Vision Training System." He calls it "weight training for the eyes."
Hafner isn't the only one doing this. Plenty of athletes are working on their eyes (dotting their eyes so to speak). Vikings receiver Troy Williamson, who can't catch a cold, insists that he'll be better this year because of the eye work he's been doing at Nike. He was working with Nike's vision consultant who determined that Williamson's right eye is weaker than his left.
Golfers are also working on their eyes. There's been plenty of discussions on trying to determine your "dominant eye" to improve putting. Tiger Woods has been a believer.
So, there you go kids. Don't worry about getting out to the park to hit balls, shoot baskets or run those hills. You know have the perfect excuse whenever your parents or coach wants you to spend more time working on your craft. Tell them that you need to keep playing those video games to exercise those eyes. Or you could tell your parents that you're working on your eye exercises by doing everything you can to make sure they don't glaze over by the end of this post.