The better a baseball player's vision, the better his/her score on the field. That's according to a new American study that researched the correlation between hand-eye-coordination and athletic performance.
Over 250 baseball players from the major and minor leagues agreed to take part in this Duke University study. Researchers assessed players' vision by using specially designed visual games on large touchscreen devices.
All of these games were devised to test the baseball players' overall visual health and motor skills. Specifically, researchers were looking into how well players could tell the differences between contrast and how long they could hold their perception span.
Kyle Burris, a statistics professor at Duke University, was the head author on this study. He told reporters that players with better scores on these touchscreen tests had stronger batting averages on the field. Interestingly, Dr. Burris said these tests showed no strong correlations with pitching skills.
Researchers believe baseball scouts could use this technology to weed out talent in the professional leagues. Players could also potentially use this software to improve their batting scores in the future.
It's unclear if this research could be duplicated for sports that are similar to baseball. Researchers haven't said whether they would be testing this technology again with different athletes.
A few other key researchers on this project include Drs. Kelly Vittetoe, Benjamin Ramger, and L. Gregory Appelbaum. All three of these professors work in Duke University's Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.
Anyone interested in reading more about this research should check out the latest edition of Scientific Reports. This article was entitled, "Sensorimotor abilities predict on-field performance in professional baseball."