Everyone tends to think that good hand-eye coordination is something that only athletes need to worry about. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Hand-eye coordination directly affects various motor skills within our body, impacting many aspects of our daily life outside of the sports world.
When talking about motor skills, you have two main categories, gross motor skills, and fine motor skills. Gross motor skills involve using large groups of muscles in unison to accomplish a task. In this particular instance, let’s take a hockey player; for example, when they wind up to take a slapshot, they engage several muscle groups from the upper and lower body in a specific order to complete this task. Outside of sports, this is the equivalent of something as simple as walking up and down the stairs on your home or place of business.
As you may have now guessed, fine motor skills are more detailed or pinpoint actions that may not seem like a big deal. For example, the way a baseball player would hold and grip the ball will affect how it is thrown, specifically with pitchers. Outside of the sports world, a great example of fine motor skills that are impacted by hand-eye coordination is writing.
Sports help improve hand-eye coordination through repeated motion. The more you try to do certain things, such as make a diving catch in baseball, the more chances your brain has to slow the process down, dissect it, and instruct you on what to do and when. Repetition is the key to building muscle memory, which is another sideline benefit of good hand-eye coordination.
The Schaumburg Seminoles have been helping today’s youth develop not only these skills but also refine them. Through a positive yet competitive environment, we teach our athletes that there is more to life and the skills they learn on the diamond than just baseball. To be successful in life, including baseball, you have to work hard and push yourself to be a better person in every facet of your life. If you want to learn more about who we are and what we do, contact our offices today!
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