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Gridiron Football

(see also International Football - Soccer)

Vizual Edge Performance Trainer™ can
improve your football skills.

Quarterbacks

  • Scan the field more effectively
  • Increase consistency and accuracy when passing
  • Hand off the ball cleanly
  • Read defenses quickly
  • React to the play on the field as it develops
  • Improve field awareness - your position in relation
    to players and field markers, chains, etc.
  • Improve concentration
  • Boost consistency in field performance

Running Backs

  • More easily recognize open gaps in the line
  • React more quickly to other players’ positions
  • Play angles on the field more accurately
  • Catch the ball with greater consistency
  • Handle the football more precisely to reduce fumbles
  • React more quickly to fumbles
  • Improve overall decision-making
  • Improve balance
  • Achieve more accurate timing

Receivers

  • Understand your position on the field in relation to opposing players
  • Catch more consistently
  • More easily determine your position in relation to down markers, sidelines and other players
  • Visual skills influence your perception of where the ball is in free space

Linemen

  • React to the snap faster
  • Improve concentration
  • Read the play after the snap more accurately

Kicker/Punter

  • Read the field more quickly
  • Handle poorly snapped balls with confidence
  • Kick with greater accuracy
  • Judge distances and angles with greater consistency
  • Judge the position of the goal posts/cross bars more accurately
  • Better judge the position of yard markers and sidelines

Football Teams Using the VEPT

Football Vision Performance Testimonials

Pittsburgh Pirates

Carlo Alvarez, Strength and Conditioning Coord.<br>Pittsburgh Pirates

Carlo Alvarez
Strength and Conditioning Coord.
Pittsburgh Pirates

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I have had the opportunity of using and incorporating the Vizual Edge Trainer within my programs. I was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the Cincinnati Reds from 2002-2004 and currently the strength and conditioning coordinator at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati.

"As a major league conditioning coordinator responsible for a major league program, minor league system and Latin American academies, you are always looking to find the cutting edge research, software and training techniques, to give your athletes the best chance of success.

"During our research we discovered that a baseball player's vision plays an important part in how well he performs day in and day out. Much like the physical development programs we designed to develop our players strength, speed and quickness, we could now incorporate vision training as part of their training routines.

"The Vizual Edge Program proved to us that visual skills can be taught, trained, practiced and enhanced. The benefits of the program are simple, to provide visual skills and training. The initial evaluation is approximately 30 minutes. The assessment provides a specific profile of the athletes strength and weaknesses. Once the athlete knows his strengths and weaknesses the program can be designed specifically for him. The training sessions usually take 20 to 30 minutes and should be performed at least twice a week.

"We had great success with the program and our athletes looked forward to vision training. I'm in the process of incorporate Vizual Edge into our strength and conditioning programs at St. X. I believe that the younger we can expose our athletes to vision training, the less they will have to compensate with their vision later in their athletic careers.

Carlo Alvarez
Strength and Conditioning Coord.
Pittsburgh Pirates


University of Denver

Dr. Brian Gearity, Assistant Strength <br>& Conditioning Coach <br>Ph.D., University of Denver

Dr. Brian Gearity
Assistant Strength
& Conditioning Coach
Ph.D., University of Denver

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This is Dr. Brian Gearity Assistant Professor at the University of Denver.

I want to tell you little bit about the Vizual Edge program. As a former intern strength and conditioning coach for the Cleveland Indians baseball company, we were one of the first professional baseball team is using the Vizual Edge program. At the time we had success using the program and since then the program is been improved considerably.

The Vizual Edge staff have done a fantastic job by continuously developing their visual skills training software program. It takes only about 2 sessions to really get a feel for the program and to show other people how to use it. You can change the program settings to make it easier or harder depending on the ability of the athlete.

From 2001 until 2009 when I was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Tennessee and head baseball strength coach, we were one of the first universities to extensively evaluate and use their program. I am happy to say that the positive feedback from the players and the increase in performance is a major factor for us to committing to using the program a large scale basis.

At UT, like any other other leading sport program, we were always looking at obtaining the winning edge with all our sports such as baseball softball, tennis, basketball and football. The Vizual Edge staff is great to work with and we've had them come to UT to conduct evaluations with our players. However, after using the program it doesn't take very long for coach or trainer to figure out how to evaluate their own athletes in about 12 to 15 minutes.

Also, I completed course work for a minor while in graduate school and one of the things I did was to test for difference in the teams that we evaluated at UT. Let's just say there was statistically significant difference among the 2 teams, and it couldn't happen by chance. What that means is that the Vizual Edge program is a valid and reliable way of conducting Visual Skills Assessment and Training.

Currently as an assistant professor at Southern Miss, we're preparing to conduct research using the Vizual Edge program to assess visual skills in collegiate baseball players and look at its relationship to other key performance variables such as hitting power.

I would recommend that anyone wanting to use the program just call the Vizual Edge staff. They truly care about what they do and helping student athletes. Visual skills, I think, can seem a bit mysterious because most of us don't read about them in traditional strength and conditioning or athletic training books. However, we always talk about hand-eye coordination, but sometimes we really don't know what that means or what that entails. The Vizual Edge program teaches you and trains the muscles that control the eyes to work more efficiently. Their motto is "Weight Training for the Eyes". We have to remember that eye muscles, like all other muscles, control human movement, that we can strengthen eye muscles to make them work more efficiently which will lead to improved performance.

Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss the program further. I'd be happy to talk about it in more detail. Thank you.

Dr. Brian Gearity
Assistant Strength
& Conditioning Coach
Ph.D., University of Denver


Dorri Goldschmidt, OD, Southern Focus Vision Center Sports Vision South

Dorri Goldschmidt, OD
Southern Focus Vision Center Sports Vision South

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I am Dr Dorri Goldschmidt. I am an optometrist in Birmingham AL and I am the CEO of Sports Vision South.
Sports Vision South is a high performance vision training center. We use Vizual Edge to evaluate and train the visual skills of our clients.
All athletes are aware of the importance of strength and conditioning to keeping in peak shape. One important area that coaches and trainers may not be working on is the visual skills of a player.
Your eyes provide most of the information you use on a playing field. Training your eyes ability to track precisely, to have focusing flexibility and have visual accuracy is key to performing at your best.
When we use Vizual Edge’s program we are providing strength and conditioning for the visual system. We train the eyes to be stronger and better.

Dorri Goldschmidt, OD
Southern Focus Vision Center Sports Vision South


Vanderbilt University

John Sisk, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach<br>Vanderbilt University

John Sisk
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Vanderbilt University

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Hi, I'm John Sisk the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach with Vanderbilt University.

Vizual Edge is very cutting-edge training equipment and we utilize it. I really believe in it and look forward to testing our athletes and to the results in the upcoming months and years.

John Sisk
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Vanderbilt University


Football Sports Vision Articles

Vizual Edge - Winning Is In Sight

Vizual Edge - Winning Is In Sight

by: YouthSportsSpot.com
YouthSportsSpot.com (10/17/2016)

YouthSportsSpot.com recommends the Vizual Edge program to help kids train in sports.

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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.

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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?

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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. 

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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.

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Des clubs de baseball utilisent des logiciels pour améliorer la vision de leurs athlètes.

L'entrainement visuel, l'avenir du sport?

by: Seth Stevenson
Slate France (6/10/2009)

Barry Seiller (l'ophtalmologiste qui a conçu le logiciel Vizual Edge en 2002) a réalisé des analyses  et des tests d'acuité visuelle pour différentes équipes (les Houston Astros, les San Diego Padres, les Cincinnati Reds et autres Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers,  Milwaukee Brewers ainsi que les hockeyeurs des Chicago Blackhawks); il a fait de même pour quelques programmes de sport universitaires et pour plusieurs sportifs participant aux Jeux olympiques. (Les équipes de bobsleigh développent leur capacité de convergence afin de mieux évaluer les angles d'entrée et de sortie dans les courbes de vitesse des pistes.) «Les athlètes de haut niveau jouissent d'une acuité visuelle développée», si l'on en croit Seiller. Selon lui, rien qu'en analysant les résultats obtenus par des joueurs de la Minor League sur le Vizual Edge, il a souvent pu deviner lesquels auraient les meilleurs moyennes à la batte.

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Learn the secrets of a wide receiver

The NFL`s Most Exciting Receiver

by: REED ALBERGOTTI
Wall Street Journal (1/19/2009)

As the Cardinals prepare to face Philadelphia in Sunday's NFC championship game, Mr. Fitzgerald's acrobatics are the talk of the NFL. They have also stirred up a mystery: in photographs, Mr. Fitzgerald can often be seen doing something almost unfathomable: making catches with his eyes closed. "I don't understand it myself," he says.  

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College Football Deploys High-Tech Aids for QBs;

Making the First Three Seconds Count

by: Jon Weinbach
Wall Street Journal (8/31/2007)

College football teams are rethinking the way they train their quarterbacks.  High Tech is in.

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Vols use new visual aid training program

New training programs

by: Editorial writer
Sporting News (8/3/2006)

The Tennessee Volunteers have a weight room full of machines to work nearly every muscle in the body. Now they can include their eyes.

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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."'

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(see also International Football - Soccer)


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