What is sports vision training?  

 

Sports vision training improves the key components of an athlete’s visual system.  This includes dynamic visual acuity, speed and span of recognition, eye-hand coordination, peripheral awareness, anticipation timing, visual reaction time, concentration, focusing, tracking and depth perception. Vision consists of many interrelated skills that can affect how well the sport is played. The eyes are responsible for gathering over 2/3rd’s of all information fed to the muscular skeletal system. The visual system determines where and when to hit, throw or catch a ball and how to maneuver the body through three dimensional space.
 

The visual skills necessary for peak athletic performance:
  1. Dynamic visual acuity – The ability to see moving objects clearly.
  2. Speed and span of recognition – How much information a player is able to take in at once and how quickly he is able to interpret it.
  3. Eye-hand coordination – The eyes lead the body, not the other way around. The visual system leads the motor system. Our hands or feet or body respond to the information the eyes have sent to the brain.  The more precise and accurate the visual system is, the better the motor response.
  4. Peripheral awareness – This is not the same as peripheral vision, which cannot be changed. Well developed peripheral awareness helps the athlete to see everything at once, to maintain the whole pattern or the flow of the play, even as they move within it.
  5. Anticipation timing – The ability to accurately perceive or anticipate what is about to happen, and when
  6. Visual reaction time – The amount of time required to process the visual information and initiate a response. 
  7. Concentration – The ability to maintain a high level of focus on a key target or objective, in spite of distractions, while also maintaining total awareness of what is happening around you. 
  8. Focusing and tracking – This requires both the ability to change focus instantaneously as objects move closer to or further away from you (accommodation), as well as the ability to keep both eyes working in unison as they track rapidly moving objects (convergence/divergence). Studies have shown that if the athlete's head has to move to aid in eye tracking, his performance is not only less efficient, but balance is thrown off too.
  9. Depth perception –Both eyes working together to give us the ability to judge the distance, the speed and the revolution of objects in space. Poor eye teaming can cause your eyes to misjudge the precise distance of your target, which in turn will cause your brain to misjudge the correct distance. If you perceive the target closer, you will react too soon. If you perceive it farther, you will react too late. 
 
Difficulties or deficiencies in any of the areas discussed above will translate into problems on the playing field.  However, all of these areas can be improved through our custom tailored sports vision training program.  Our goal here at Longview Eye and Vision is to bring your game to the next level through heightening your visual skills.  
 
                         

The VISION COACH helps athletes develop and enhance critical visual skills such as:

 

-Visual concentration

-Speed of recognition

-Reaction Time

-Peripheral Vision

-Dynamic Visual acuity

-Focusing Skills

-Tracking

-Fixation

-Binocularity

-Depth Perception

-Visual Memory

-Visualization

-Eye-hand-body Coordination

-Sustained Attention

-Endurance and Stamina

 

Training with VISION COACH assures athlete’s complete conditioning for ultimate performance in sports. 

 

Nike SPARQ Vapor Strobes Eyewear works by blocking most of the vision of either both eyes or one eye at a time for eight different periods of time. The higher the setting, the less time one sees out of each cycle.  The athlete wears the device while doing sports-related visual tasks and trains athletes to more efficiently judge distances, depth, movements, position of self and objects of regard, and hand-eye coordination.  

 

Contact us today for your complimentary Sports Vision Training Consulation!