By training these skills, you'll be better equipped to:
Shoot with more accuracy - judging the location of the basket better in free space.
Move around the court better - with a clear perception of distance.
Read the court more intelligently - aware of traffic movement and your relation to it.
Anticipate where the game is going next based on what you see.
Train your visual skills to improve your performance.
- Ocular alignment impacts your perception of where the ball or basket is in free space
- Depth perception, eye flexibility, alignment, eye-hand coordination, visual tracking and visual memory are all used for set shots, free throws and jump-shots
- Visual skills help you judge distance to the basket, the sidelines, other players, etc.
- Depth perception is necessary for accurate passing and shooting
- Shooting skills while moving laterally, vertically or both are influenced by visual skills and how the visual information is processed while you’re in motion
- Visual tracking is required to track and locate the movements of other players and the direction of the ball on the court
- Visual skills affect overall court awareness - where you are in relation to other players, traffic patterns, your distance from the basket, etc.
- Improved visual performance helps you anticipate play
- Better visual skills mean better reaction time to help block shots, intercept passes and
Vizual Edge Performance Trainer™ will help you improve these skills and others, increasing your effectiveness on the court. Players with strong visual skills are less likely to lose their focus on the rim when fatigued and attempting a free throw in the fourth quarter. Our work with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and other collegiate, professional and amateur basketball teams is proof positive.
Basketball Teams Using the VEPT
Basketball Vision Performance Testimonials
Vizual Edge has been a valuable tool for Islanders Basketball. Every member of our team has said how much it’s helped them in every area of their visual game. From picking up targets to depth perception to peripheral vision – our guys got better in all those areas. They also commented about how much it helped them off the court with their academics as well. I’m confident that using Vizual Edge made us a better basketball team last year, and we are excited to continue use it for the coming year.
Head Mens Basketball Coach
Texas A&M Univ. Corpus Christi
Basketball Sports Vision Articles
Vizual Edge - Winning Is In Sight
Vizual Edge - Winning Is In Sight
YouthSportsSpot.com recommends the Vizual Edge program to help kids train in sports.
Better performance on vision tests like counting flashing dots was associated with better catching.
Vision skills can lead to sports success, research claims
by: Martha Finnegan Bradford
The Irish Times (9/9/2015)
Researchers tested elite athletes such as rugby players, as well as sporty members of the general public and people who don’t play any sport.
Better performance on vision tests like counting flashing dots was associated with better catching, even under challenging visual conditions.
Some elite sportspeople performed poorly, so this is not the be all and the end all of sports performance, but it might be the extra one per cent that could win the game.
What’s not clear is whether this is an innate talent or something that developed over thousands of hours of practice.
Research has been scant on correlation between officiating and visual performance; new study shows
Why standardized vision testing, training crucial for sports officials
by: Barry L. Seiller, MD, MBA
Ophthalmology Times (4/15/2014)
Most calls by officials require correct quality of visual information. A critical call might be the difference between winning and losing for a team. Other visually based studies performed on athletes—including tennis, volleyball, and baseball—have shown that superior athletes possess superior skills. Research has shown that these visual skills, besides eyesight, can be measured and trained.
Officials have similar visual demands as athletes. Therefore, officials should have visual skills comparable to athletes. An official needs not only to be physically fit but also visually fit.
There are many examples of officiating calls that require superb visual perception:
- Both feet or one foot inbounds?
- Ball on one side of the goalpost or through the center?
- Spike hit the line?
- A 130-mph serve in or out?
- Player offside?
- Baseball hit the yellow wall line or not?
Facilities in Europe are incorporating sports vision to help athletes enhance the visual component
Vision performance services offer new area of expansion for ophthalmic practices
by: Dr. Barry L. Seiller, MBA
Ocular Surgery News (7/29/2013)
Athletes across the globe, whether professional, amateur or recreational, are embracing new technologies and training methods to boost their performance. But while they lift weights, train in wind tunnels, adhere to strict diets and spend countless hours perfecting techniques, they often overlook one crucial body component: their eyes.
Recent studies are definitive: Athletes with superior vision skills perform better on the playing field. Until recently, however, no quantitative, interactive programs existed in the world of vision training. A U.S.-based company, Vizual Edge, is working to revolutionize the vision training game.
Degrading the visual acuity of sport officials significantly impairs ability to make correct calls
The Effect Of Visual Acuity Degradation On The Visual Judgement Of Sport Officials
by: I. GOMEZ, F. SPANIOL, J. DAWES
Department of Kinesiology, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, TX (5/7/2013)
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of visual acuity degradation on the visual judgment of sport officials. Visual acuity was analyzed by a standard visual acuity wall chart. Visual judgment was determined by a tennis ball line test where subjects have to determine if balls are classified as "in" or "out".
RESULTS: A paired-samples t test was calculated to compare the mean pretest (normal vision) score to the mean posttest (degraded vision) score. The mean on the pretest was 25.73 (sd = 2.16), and the mean on the posttest was 16.91 (sd = 3.22). The results of the paired-samples t test determined a statistically significant difference between the pretest and posttest scores (t(21) = 2.69, p < .05). CONCLUSION: The results of this study indicate that degrading the visual acuity of sport officials significantly impairs their ability to make correct line calls.
Vision training for athletes evolved from reading therapies developed decades ago to help children
A Little Flabby Around the Eyeballs
by: GRETCHEN REYNOLDS
New York Times (2/5/2006)
Vision training for athletes evolved from reading therapies developed decades ago to help children with learning disabilities and people with amblyopia ("lazy eye") concentrate and follow lines of text. Unlike exercises designed to strengthen eye muscles, reading therapy works to improve the eye-brain connection. Sports vision therapy takes it one step further. "It's about eye-hand-foot-body-brain coordination," says Dr. Barry Seiller, an ophthalmologist who is Brett Basanez's vision specialist and the director of the Visual Fitness Institute in Vernon Hills, Ill. "Maybe you foul off the ball a lot, or you have all the technical skills but somehow just can't put it together. You go into slumps. You fail in the clutch. All of that, to us, screams 'visual problems."'