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Tennis

Train your visual skills to improve your performance.

  • Improve your perception of speed and direction when playing volleys, baseline drives, return of serve and overheads.
  • Increase your ability to track the ball and react quickly to its direction.
  • Improve your eye alignment for more accurate fixation on
    the ball.
  • Improve eye flexibility - shifting from far to near when returning a serve or ground stroke.
  • Increase depth perception of the ball’s position in free space.
  • Improve concentration.
  • By training your visual tracking skills you will have better eye-hand coordination and reaction time.
  • By training the eye movements your quick instinctive movements will improve.
  • Read the timing and placement of the ball with more accuracy.
  • Improve your court awareness, including your position in relation to sidelines, baseline, service line and net.
  • Make quicker decisions to better position yourself in relation to
    the ball.
  • Position your racquet more accurately.
  • Determine the position of your opponent in the opposite court.
  • When your eyes move quickly and efficiently the body also moves in a more controlled way.

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Tennis Vision Performance Testimonials

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


Tennis 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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Vizual Edge used to improve aim and depth perception in athletes.

Table Tennis Academy Founder Sees Great Improvement with Vision Training

by: Vizual Edge
PRNewswire (5/5/2016)

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.

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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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Study indicates a significant positive relationship between visual skills and tennis performance

The Relationship Between Visual Skills and Tennis Performance of NCAA Divis

by: Frank Spaniol
(1/15/2011)

The results of Sport Science Research Laboratory study indicates that the highest ranked tennis players possessed the best VEPT scores, highest VEPT rank, most correct visual tracking percent, and fastest visual recognition response time.

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Top International Tennis Athletes Add Vision Training to their Routine

That Extra Edge

by: Marjorie Conley
Tennis Belguim (4/8/2010)

USTA regional training center advocates that elite junior players get evaluated and trained with the Vizual Edge Performance Trainer.

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Swiss researchers have concluded that expert tennis players, like their own Roger Federer, have an a

Top Tennis Players Simply See Better

by: Dan Peterson, LiveScience's Sports Columnist
LiveScience (9/10/2009)

Dan Peterson, LiveScience's Sports Columnist summarizes recent research which indicates that athletes who develop their visual performance skills enjoy a competitive advantage.

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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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High School Athletes Improve Performance on Court and In Classroom with Vision Training

Athletes reap benefits of Vizual Edge

by: MARK PERLMAN
Deerfield-Review.com (8/9/2007)

"Evaluating and training visual skills provides a new tool to allow high school athletes to make it to the next level of play," said Dr. Seiller, who also performs Lasik surgery. "The earlier they are exposed to this training, the more impact it can have on their sports career." Deerfield High School was the first high school in the country to use this type of training for more than one athletic program. 

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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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Athletes who are seeking an edge, should add vision training to their fitness regimen.

The Eyes Have It

by: Barry L Seiller, MD; Kathleen Puchalski, RN; and Bryan Shelton, USPTA
Tennis Life Magazine (8/1/2004)

Most tennis coaches recognize the significant role that vision and visual skills have on their players' performance. Many coaches and trainers have searched for a method to improve players' visual skills and abilities, knowing that "if you can't see the b

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