Rio 2016: Banyana undergo eye and brain tests

By Rachel Ugaigbe


South Africa senior women national team, Banyana Banyana have undergone eye tests as part of their preparations for this year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Banyana Banyana have been training at the Nike Football Training Centre in Pimville, Soweto, South Africa.

The team took a trip the Doornfontein campus of the University of Johannesburg, where the eye tests were conducted.

Coach of the team, Vera Pauw revealed that the test were carried out on the players, in order to know how they use it on the field of play.

“We did this from a football perspective, meaning we tested the eyesight as to how they use it on the field; how they see the contrast, what their reaction time is based on what they see in front of them, how they see depth, can they see the ball coming quickly towards them, can they react quicker when the opponent is getting close?

“Hopefully the tests will help us to create a training programme to get the peripheral vision a bit wider. And those training sessions we will develop together with the University of Johannesburg.

“We are very curious about the results, but if there is nothing to fix we at least know and are happy about that,” she concluded.

Meanwhile, the team are planning to set up a training programme that will train the brain to have a wider view on and of the field.

South Africa will be making their second appearance at the Olympic Games in Brazil. The team made their debut at the 2012 London Games under the guidance of coach Joseph Mkhonza.

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