Leinster vs Scarlets, Leinster’s Cian Healy, Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Top rugby players are often praised for their great “field vision” or ability to look at their opposition and put together runs and passes that make it seem like their defenders aren’t even there.
Even exceptionally gifted rugby players must work hard to build up the peripheral vision that makes this possible by helping players identify defenders or support players in the corners of their eyes. Strong peripheral awareness helps players quickly sum up what is going on around them so that they can think a step ahead of everyone else and react accordingly.
It might sound silly, but one of the easiest and most practical ways to improve your eye-hand coordination and peripheral awareness is to learn how to juggle. Once you have mastered the basic skill of juggling, you can take it to the next level by introducing a wobble board or a similarly unstable surface that will challenge your eye-body coordination.