Over the past two decades, many baseball players have turned to anabolic steroids to enhance their performance. This trend has tarnished the sport and negatively affected players' health. There simply must be a better way for players to improve their baseball prowess, but how? A new study from the University of Cincinnati published in the online journal PLoS One may have an answer.
A team of researchers led by neurologist Joseph Clark has found that high-performance vision training can improve a baseball team's batting statistics. After the implementation of a vision training regimen six weeks prior to the start of the 2011 season, the Division I Cincinnati Bearcats improved their team batting average from .251 in 2010 to .285 in 2011, while increasing their slugging percentage by .033. Meanwhile, the batting average in the Big East conference fell by .034.