Banyana’s Rio preps an eye-opener
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – BANYANA Banyana, who are in camp in Johannesburg ahead of the Olympic Games, have embraced science in their quest to make an impression in Brazil.
Players recently underwent eye tests.
Head coach, Vera Pauw, explains.
“We were doing this from a football perspective,” she tells the South African Football Association’s official website.
“…meaning we tested the eyesight as to how they use it on the field – how they see contrast; what their reaction time is to a situation on the field based on what they see; how they see depth – meaning can they see the ball coming quickly towards them, or can they react quicker when the opponent is getting close?”
Pauw is hopeful the tests will help them create a training programme to get the peripheral vision wider, with a view to develop a programme with the University of Johannesburg.
“We are very curious about the results and if there is nothing to fix then we know that they are no problems in that regard.”
Pauw discloses such tests were beneficial during her playing career.
“I have done a sports test which was basic and not as advanced as this one, but it confirmed that I did not see depth well enough so I got contact lenses.
“This helped me instantly to see depth better. I was able to improve on something after the tests took my game to another level,” says the Banyana coach.
The Olympic Games resume August 5 in Rio.
– CAJ News
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