the Edge trainer
and football performance

Strengthening the Core Six Visual Skills provides the athlete with the foundational visual input needed to make critical decisions and motor responses at the highest level.

vision training
for football players

Football requires split-second reaction time and athletes who can fire on all cylinders while simultaneously reading complex coverages and schemes. A quarterback’s ability to see the field and process information goes far beyond having 20/20 vision.

the core six
visual skills

Understanding an athlete’s proficiency in the six core visual skills allows players, coaches, and scouts to identify and correct visual weaknesses and enhance the athlete’s performance on the field.

  • Play Recognition
  • Spacial Relations
  • Player and Ball Tracking
  • Reaction Time

Convergence

Ability to locate the approaching ball as a receiver or defensive back.

Divergence

Enhances a quarterback’s ability to locate and judge the speed and trajectory of receivers and defensive players on passing plays.

Depth

Leverage spatial awareness and see the plays on multiple levels – navigating tight spaces to find the space to make a play.

Alignment

With proper alignment players are able more easily focus on the play – enabling increased precision in movements.

Recognition

The ability to recognize formations, coverages, and situations properly will enable a player to more quickly and confidently perform.

Tracking

Ability to anticipate the flight of the ball or an offensive player breaking open a play.

Taking a look
at positions

Depending on the position an athlete plays in, the visual skills required for optimal performance vary. In football, an excellent quarterback may possess elite divergence and recognition to properly identify defenses and track the movements of receivers and defensive players alike. A linebacker must be able to recognize and track the movement of a running back and converge on the ball carrier as they reach the point of impact. Proper balance in the visual system will lead to improved performance and a more successful skill set to excel on the field.

Quarterback

Quarterbacks have one of the most visually demanding positions in the game of football. A quarterback can have stellar physical talent but their ability to scan the field and anticipate will set them apart from the rest of the pack. Quarterbacks with excellent divergence will see the field and judge the trajectory and speed of defenders as they try to locate open receivers within coverage. Strong recognition and tracking scores will correlate highly with pattern recognition and pre-snap reads.

Running Back

Running backs are a multi-dimensional position that requires the athlete to leverage their entire visual system. As a back prepares for a handoff they must be able to use convergence to locate the hole and track defenders as the hole is quickly closing. As they prepare for the second level backs must be able to utilize divergence to identify defenders and track their trajectory to either alter course with a quick jump cut or continue to take an angle to break a big run.

WR / DB / Linebacker

Wide receivers and defensive backs are often operating in space. This requires excellent divergence skills to locate the ball as it leaves the quarterback’s hand and then transition to converging the eyes to watch the ball into their hands to successfully secure the football. A safety has the responsibility of scanning the entire field and reading both the receiver’s speed and trajectory but also watching the quarterback’s eyes. A safety with optimal visual skills will be far better prepared to be the quarterback of the defense and anticipate movements.

Lineman

Anchoring both sides of the ball – linemen often do not need to process information at a distance. However, the visual system can still help bring them success. Recognition and tracking are critical for a defensive linemen anticipating the snap by tracking information out of the corner of their eyes to get a great jump. Depth perception will enable an offensive or defensive lineman to navigate in tight spaces. A quick first step all starts with vision and firing at the right time.

Breaking Down
The Edge Score

The Edge Score is a comprehensive score given to each athlete based on their most recent evaluation. The score takes all visual skills into account – including convergence, divergence, depth perception, alignment, recognition and tracking. Through analysis of an athlete’s Edge Score as well as their individual scores, we identify areas of weakness and develop an appropriate training program.

CONVERGENCE

Convergence is the ability to focus on objects within close proximity and judge their movement and impact. Convergence may impact a player in the following ways:

  • Ability to locate the ball as it approaches to secure a catch
  • Anticipate the speed of a defensive player closing in on a hole
  • Target an offensive player as a player closes in on a tackle

DIVERGENCE

Divergence is the ability to locate objects in the distance, impacting an athlete’s ability to anticipate and react. Divergence may impact a player in the following ways:

  • Ability for a quarterback to locate defenders quickly and track their movements in coverage
  • Quickly locate offensive players as a safety all while reading the quarterback’s eyes
  • Capability for a wide receiver to judge the speed and trajectory of the ball as it leaves the quarterback’s hand for critical adjustments

DEPTH PERCEPTION

Depth perception uses both eyes to locate objects in space to judge their distance, speed, and direction. Depth perception may impact a player in the following ways:

  • The quarterback to feel the pocket and locate defenders closing in on the blind side
  • Running backs operating in highly congested spaces to break through a hole
  • Strong spatial awareness for defensive linemen trying to navigate potential double teams or chips

ALIGNMENT

Proper alignment creates no difference between the perceived location and actual location of an object. Alignment may impact a player in the following ways:

  • Reaction time
  • Timing of response to offensive and defensive movement
  • Crispness and decisiveness in movements

RECOGNITION

Recognition is the ability to observe, process and recall a series of visual targets, and respond properly. Recognition may impact a player in the following ways:

  • Recognize offense/defensive tendencies
  • Read developing plays in the run and pass game
  • Follow patterns to fire off the ball effectively

TRACKING

Tracking allows you to process and follow an object while always monitoring all aspects of the game. Tracking may impact a player in the following ways:

  • Read long passes as they are in the air as a wide receiver or defender
  • Locate the running back as a linebacker as they break
  • A quarterback tracking a safety and determining if they can squeeze the ball in between the hash and the sideline to a streaking receiver
meet the
edge trainer

The Edge Trainer is a web-based system that allows athletes to evaluate, analyze and train their six core visual skills. Regular training with the Edge Trainer improves the speed, coordination, and efficiency of an athlete’s eye movements, equating to improved timing, reaction speed, and accuracy on the football field.