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Sports Vision Training for Boxing

Sports Vision Training for Boxing

Eyes Are Vital in Boxing

Few sports rely on strong vision and visual skills as much as boxing — not only for success, but for survival. Swing and miss on a curveball? That’s just one strike. Don’t anticipate a right cross to the noggin, and you’re down for the count … or worse.

But even that right cross is only one of the myriad signals that boxers must visually account for during a match. On offense, a boxer constantly sizes up an opponent, seeking information on weaknesses to exploit. On defense, a boxer must closely observe an opponent’s every move, gesture, and muscle twitch to gauge danger, recognize feints, and prepare protection.

Having 20/20 vision is an advantage for a boxer, but having less-than-stellar visual skills can erase this advantage.

Boxing’s Visual Skills

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Improving your performance and safety in the ring requires more than peak physical fitness, eyesight, strength, training, and smart nutrition. It requires superb visual skills: the ability of the eyes and brain to work together to block a punch or time your jab.

Visual skills consistently employed in boxing include:

  • focus
  • timing
  • hand-eye coordination: the eyes and body working in tandem to execute a move
  • depth perception: understanding how far away something is, like a clenched fist
  • eye mobility: tracking an opponent’s every move
  • peripheral vision: seeing to each side while looking straight ahead
  • visualization: envisioning success

At we will create a customized program to hone the visual skills you need most to succeed as a boxer. One visual-skill exercise that’s well known to boxers is gazing straight ahead while bobbing one’s head back and forth in a vertical U shape to simulate ducking an opponent’s punches to the head. We will work with you in the office to improve these visual skills, then provide exercises to help you develop visual skills at home.

If you box, first visit Dr. Lisa Roach for a thorough examination to ensure that your eyesight accords with the rigors of the sport and for us to evaluate your visual skills. serves boxers and other athletes in Houston, Spring, Woodlands, Conroe, and throughout Texas. Give yourself a fighting chance.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

Dr. Inns and his wife, Lynn, spend much of their spare time calling and visiting with their four boys.

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As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

In her spare time, she is with family, friends, and enjoying some Houston Texans Football.

Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.

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