the Edge trainer

and hockey
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.
  • "It's something you can always keep improving, your tracking & your vision, for me that's something that I really prioritize in my game. Any edge you can find to improve that part of your game, I try and find those."
    CARTER HART
    Goaltender | Philadelphia Flyers
  • "I feel as though I generated more plays simply from being one step ahead , where that wasn't always the case last year. I use the game day tool as a part of my routine every game day and I find that to be very helpful to stimulate my vision before games.”
    BEN SHARF
    Center | Colgate University '16-20
  • "I think it's game-changing!"
    SPENCER KNIGHT
    Goaltender | Team USA

web-based vision training

for hockey players

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Hockey is a fast-paced and visually demanding sport. Skaters are challenged to move at high speeds while simultaneously tracking the puck and navigating opponents. Goalies must remain focused and aware at all times, being always prepared for one-timers and incoming shots.

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 ice.
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Convergence
Improves ability to locate the puck while receiving passes and navigating defenders in one-on-one situations.
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Divergence
Enhances a player’s awareness, as well as their ability to operate in space and locate teammates when passing.
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Depth
Impacts a player’s ability to judge in-game distances, lining up checks, redirecting shots, and pass and receive accuracy.
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Alignment
Improves player’s ability to focus on the play – enabling increased accuracy on one-timers and stick handling.
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recognition
Allows players to read the play by recognizing the opponent’s offensive and defensive structure and positioning.
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TRACKING
Allows players to anticipate and react quickly to shots, deflected pucks and passes while monitoring developing plays.

taking a look

at positions

Depending on the position an athlete plays in, the visual skills required for optimal performance vary. In hockey, an excellent defenseman may struggle with one-timers. This may be symptomatic of inferior convergence and tracking skills, which are critical components to being a two-way defenseman. Coupled with low divergence ability–the primary visual skill used in locating teammates–the defenseman might be a liability in the attacking zone.

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Talented forwards will possess a diverse visual skill set requiring the ability to locate incoming pucks, then quickly adjust to find targets in the distance. This requires excellent flexibility between a player’s convergent and divergent focus. Enhanced recognition enables players to recognize patterns in defensive alignments and strategy while being able to scan the ice. Paired with strong tracking skills, the forward will be equipped to handle and redirect the puck to more effectively put it on goal.

defenseman


Defensemen are required to skate with their head up to locate attacking skaters as they approach the zone. Possessing strong divergence and recognition skill sets enable the defender to achieve proper positioning. Defensemen looking to make an impact on the attack will require excellent convergence skills in order to locate and move the puck effectively. A low convergence score could impact a player’s ability to connect on one-timers.

goalie


It’s no surprise goalies traditionally possess the strongest and most diverse visual skill sets in hockey. Strong visual flexibility (combination of divergence and convergence) enables the netminder to first locate the puck at a distance and follow it all way to the glove, hand, or stick. Improved recognition will enhance a goalie’s ability to recognize patterns of shooting and movement of skaters. Additionally, proper tracking will improve a goalie’s ability to track the puck throughout the play–including following the first save and enabling them to finish the play.
Visual skills and abilities can be evaluated, taught, trained and perfected. A number of Professional/Minor League Teams as well as university programs have begun to evaluate and train these visual skills, utilizing new technology in order to improve their athletes’ performance on the ice.

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.
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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:

  • General stick handling
  • Ability to receive a pass or connect on one-timers
  • Ability to focus on an incoming shot (goalies)
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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 to pick head up and scan the ice to quickly find an open teammate or passing lane
  • Ability to quickly locate an open part of the net when shooting
  • Goaltender's ability to locate the puck following the initial save or deflection
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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:

  • Ability to line up checks and redirect shots
  • Judge in-game distances
  • Locating pucks coming from a distance (goalies)
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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:

  • Accurately lining up a shot or pass to hit intended target
  • Crispness and decisiveness in movements
  • Overall timing as a skater or goaltender
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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:

  • Recognizing offense/defensive positioning and reading of the game
  • Anticipation and reacting properly to the puck
  • Overall hockey sense
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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:

  • Reacting to deflections and passes
  • Overall anticipation and reaction speeds
  • Tracking the puck through the air as it approaches the net (goalies)
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Meet The

Edge Trainer

The Edge Trainer from Vizual Edge delivers the most advanced vision training available. Backed by 30 years of research and development, the Edge Trainer’s proven system improves reaction time, positional and spatial awareness, and recognition.
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