Athletes use their visual systems in virtually every sport and activity.
Some sports require an athlete to strike a stationary or moving object. In others, a moving target is involved, or athletes must respond to objects drawing nearer or moving farther away. They must constantly judge both speed and distance. And all required decision-making is based on accurate visual information.
While the emphasis of certain visual skills differs from one sport to another, these skills are always a critical factor for peak performance. Cross-training them will help you reach a higher level in any activity.
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Sports Vision Performance Testimonials
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
Sports Vision Articles
Lifeguards Use Visual Training
Should Lifeguards be Required to Take Eye Exams?
by: Nate Traylor
Aquatics International (11/8/2016)
Guard Vision: Visual Training for Lifeguards
How to Build an Olympian Shooter
Youth Shooter Phenom Lance Thompson Shoots for the 2020 Summer Games
by: Dana Farrell
American Shooting Journal (5/25/2016)
Fourteen-year-old Lance Thompson works toward the 2020 Olympic Summer Games by training with Vizual Edge.
Vizual Edge used to improve aim and depth perception in athletes.
Table Tennis Academy Founder Sees Great Improvement with Vision Training
by: Vizual Edge
People from ages 5 to 105 can play table tennis, which is one of the many reasons the game has become one of the most popular sports in the world. The game propelled into the spotlight when it became an official Olympic class event in 1988.
Even celebrities are into the sport. "Table tennis has been growing rapidly since the introduction of Susan Sarandon's spin table tennis in bars, restaurants and clubs," says Alan Gulick, professional player and owner of North Bay Table Tennis Academy. "Academy's really took off after researchers announced that they found table tennis can slow effects of Dementia and Alzheimer's the baby boomers really got into the sport," said Gulick.
After a consultation, and watching Gulick play, Robinson videotaped Gulick playing. "We videotaped him before we began training and then took another recording several weeks later and you could noticeably see the difference," said Robinson who firmly believes in visual training after conducting her own research. "I tried the program, and as a former professional soccer player, I wished they had this when I was playing. Vision is so important and can greatly impact playing a wide range of sports," said Robinson. Vizual Edge is a web based vision training program that many athletes say is compared to weight lifting for your eyes.
Within weeks of using the web based program Gulick says his game noticeably improved. "I am now able to play at the table, hit the ball and have time to think and react," said Gulick. Robinson took another recording after Gulick started using Vizual Edge and the results were incredible. "You could see how much his aim had improved and that his depth perception improved," said Robinson who trains athletes in multiple sports and highly recommends strengthening your vision.
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.
Vizual Edge puts vision training in the crosshairs of diamond success
Seeing is believing
by: Don Cameron
Softball West (3/22/2012)
Joe Kinsella, head coach of Lake Forest College softball, said Vizual Edge’s recent shift to web-based technology allowed him to seamlessly incorporate the tool into his team’s train- ing program.
No Brasil, problemas de visão atrapalham a performance de jogadores de futebol, mostra estudo
Programa contem exercicios para melhorar habilidades visuais que fazem dife
LDC Comunicação (4/6/2010)
“Da mesma forma que nas atividades aeróbicas a resistência, força e tônus muscular são trabalhados, as habilidades visuais precisam de treino”, compara. Dicas de treinamento visual O especialista enumera alguns exercícios visuais que podem ser feitos com ferramentas simples.
South African research shows that Rugby Football performance increases with sport vision exercise.
Exercise performance and sports-vision testing under more realistic testin
by: Fowler, K.F., Du Toit, P.J.
University of Pretoria Health Sciences Faculty Day (8/1/2009)
Sports vision aims to enhance performance through a variety of procedures and training techniques. An improvement in performance was observed by players exposed to the exercises. Visual abilities can affect both motor skill and performance. This study proves that correct training programs and hand-eye co-ordination tests can vastly improve sporting performance. Athletes are advised to complete at least 15 minutes of sport-specific visual training during each day of practice.
U. S. Luge Team Selects the Vizual Edge Performance Trainer to Give Athletes Competitive Edge
U.S. Luge Team Exercises Their Eyes
by: United States Luge Association
In 2002, the Vizual Edge Performance Trainer helped US sliding sports quadruple their medal count!
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."'