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Sports Vision Training For Outdoor Sports

If you play outdoor sports recreationally or professionally and want to improve your game, sports vision training can help you achieve your full athletic potential.

The exercises and drills performed in sports vision training aim to improve, enhance and support the visual skills necessary to excel in your particular sport, and based on what position you play.

Every athlete is unique and carries different strengths and areas in need of improvement. That’s why we tailor our training to suit your individual needs and visual capabilities.

Below you’ll find some information about how sports vision training can improve your performance in various outdoor sports.

Contact us to schedule a sports vision consultation and learn more about what we offer.

Our practice serves patients from Edmonton, Leduc, Sherwood Park, and Beaumont, Alberta and surrounding communities.
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Sports Vision Training For Indoor Sports

Sports vision training can help athletes like you reach their potential in a wide range of sports.

By enhancing the communication between your eyes, brain and body, sports vision training can help you excel in your sport and turn your vision into an invaluable asset on the court or field.

Every athlete is unique, and each sport requires a specific set of visual skills, so your optometrist will tailor the sports vision training to suit your specific visual needs.

Below, you’ll find information about how sports vision training can bring out the best performance in athletes who play indoor sports.

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Are You An Athlete?

Whether you play baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, football, or any other sport, you need excellent visual skills to excel. Improving your visual skills can help a hockey player track a moving puck against the ice or a football player see opponents approaching from the side and avoid a collision.

Why is Sports Vision Therapy Important?

Visually demanding sports require athletes to have outstanding visual skills. Actually, this is true for all sports, where the ability to concentrate, respond and move quickly can mean the difference between winning and losing, as well as avoiding injury.

In Sports, Approximately 80% of Perceptual Input Is Visual

Sports vision training is a personalized program of exercises that helps an athlete improve the communication between their eyes and brain by enhancing the visual skills required for success in their sport. Some of these skills include focusing, eye-tracking, peripheral awareness, visual reaction time, dynamic visual acuity and hand-eye-body coordination.

Sports vision training sharpens these skills through a series of specific vision exercises and activities. A sports vision training program utilizes specialized equipment under the guidance of an optometrist. The results allow an athlete to maximize their sports performance.

Sports vision training programs are used to improve skills, including:

  • Accommodation (eye focusing)
  • Binocular vision
  • Depth perception
  • Body-hand-eye coordination
  • Scanning and tracking
  • Visual attention & processing
  • Visual memory
  • Visual reaction speed

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Can Sports Vision Training Improve My Game?

Yes, sports vision training will help you improve your efficiency and reaction time on the court or field. It enhances eye-brain coordination and improves depth perception, visual processing and other aspects of an athlete’s vision.

Who Can Benefit From Sports Vision Training?

It’s suitable for just about anyone who steps onto a court or a sports field, whether amateur or professional athletes of all ages. Whether you play baseball or hockey, ski or drive race cars, sports vision training is suitable for any athlete who wants to take their performance to the next level.

Contact our optometrists to optimize and enhance your visual skills so you can become the athlete you know you can be!

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Sports Vision Training – Frequently Asked Questions

Excellent vision is particularly important for athletes. If you play professionally or just for fun, sports vision training can enhance your athletic performance and give you that extra edge.

What Is Sports Vision Training?

Sports vision training is a customized program of exercises that help an athlete improve the visual skills needed for to excel in their sport. These skills include eye-tracking, hand-eye-body coordination, focusing, visual reaction time, peripheral awareness and dynamic visual acuity, among others.

Improving visual skills can help a baseball player track a moving ball against a cloudy sky, or a football player see athletes approaching from the side, thus avoiding a collision.

What Skills Does Sports Vision Training Improve?

Sports vision training improves the following skills:

  • Accommodation (eye focusing)
  • Eye-hand, eye-foot and eye-body coordination
  • Scanning and tracking
  • Depth perception
  • Binocular vision
  • Visual reaction speed
  • Visual memory
  • Visual attention & processing

Why is Sports Vision Important For Athletes?

Competition is fierce among players and they all strive to make their mark. Having optimal vision can give them a massive advantage. Sports like football, golf, basketball, hockey, tennis, soccer, motor racing and even rock climbing require excellent eye teaming, depth perception and focusing skills. Furthermore, being able to focus, judge distances and track moving objects can make all the difference between safety and injury.

Who Is Sports Vision Training For?

Sports vision training is available for both youth and adult athletes of all ages and levels. Whether you play hockey or basketball, sports vision training is perfect for any athlete seeking to take their performance to the next level.

Can Sports Vision Training Improve My Game?

Yes, sports vision training can improve your prowess on the field or the court. It boosts the coordination between your eyes and brain by enhancing visual processing, depth perception, and other aspects of an athlete’s vision.

At Lifetime Eyecare, we regularly see the difference that sports vision training makes in the lives of all athletes who want to take their game to the next level. Want to enhance your game? Contact us today! Our sports vision training experts will evaluate your visual skills and develop a vision training program specific to your needs.

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It takes way more than physical strength and speed to be at the top of your game. Whether you play soccer, hockey, basketball, football, baseball or any other sport, you need excellent visual skills to excel.

Sports Vision Training, a form of vision therapy, is an individually prescribed and monitored exercise program aimed at developing specific visual skills and processing in athletes of all ages. These personalized exercises retrain the brain to effectively interact with the eyes and improve visual functioning. Sports vision training involves close monitoring and follow-up appointments to ensure steady improvement.

However, prior to prescribing a tailored sports vision training program, our optometrists will administer testing to determine your level of functional vision, and regularly assess your progress.

sports caucasian female sunglassesWhy Is Sports Vision Training Important?

A player’s ability to track and predict is what distinguishes a talented player from an extraordinary one.

No matter the game or position, an athlete’s core skills come down to how quickly and accurately he or she visually interprets and reacts to the play in real-time. Making the right decision in a fraction of a second is what sets pro athletes apart.

A study by the University of Cincinnati showed that batting improved by 10% across all tracked parameters after only 6 weeks of sports vision training.

The Different Types of Sports Vision Tests

Below are the tests an athlete might undergo. These vision tests vary greatly, and depend largely on the athlete’s specific needs.

Visual Acuity Test

The Snellen Eye Chart is the most common vision test used to verify visual acuity and to check for conditions like myopia (nearsightedness). It involves identifying letters on a chart. With each response, the lines decrease in size until you are no longer able to correctly identify them.

Athletes found to have poor visual acuity are typically fitted with shatter-proof eyeglasses or contact lenses to improve visual acuity. It is surprisingly common to find an undetected refractive error in struggling athletes.

Contrast Sensitivity Tests

Contrast sensitivity refers to the ability to distinguish an object against a similar background, such as a baseball against a cloud-filled sky. Several tests assess contrast sensitivity. One asks patients to identify parallel gray stripes against a colored background that gradually changes to match the shade of the stripes.

Eye Tracking Tests

To be successful, an athlete must be able to quickly and accurately locate landmarks and follow moving objects, such as a ball. There are several high-tech methods to assess and train the eyes to better track moving objects. One trains your eyes to follow motion on a computer screen. By assessing gaze videos from training sessions, our optometrists can immediately detect your eye movements, or a lack thereof, and adapt your vision training accordingly.

Eye Dominance Tests

Most people have a dominant eye. Identifying it will allow you to perform better while carrying out various activities, such as archery, golf, and even target shooting. A popular eye dominance test is the Miles Test, which involves forming a triangle with your fingers and framing a spot while you look through it using both eyes. By alternating between one eye and the other, you can identify your dominant eye as the one that maintains a solid view of the framed object.

A more formal method of determining eye dominance is the Dolman Test. our optometrists will instruct you to keep both eyes focused on an object as it moves closer, and once one of the eyes loses focus, it signals that the other eye is dominant.

Depth Perception Measurements

By increasing and stabilizing binocular depth perception (also called 3D vision), players can improve their passes, shots, and spatial judgment. Athletes have to quickly and accurately approximate the distance between themselves and the ball, puck, or other moving object, their opponents, teammates and the field’s boundaries. If athletes frequently misestimate the distance to their target, this may reveal poor depth perception.

Undergoing a comprehensive eye exam is the first step to fully assess this visual skill.

Visual Processing Speed and Hand-Eye Coordination Tests

Top athletes rely on their ability to see and react quickly to moving objects — essential for baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball, among other sports.

Certain tests can assess how quickly you react when first seeing an object. Other tests can measure your reaction speed when catching a falling object.

Eye Teaming Tests

Do your eyes aim, move, and work as a team? Rapidly moving binocular vision with coordinated eye movements and eye tracking skills are critical for a top-performing athlete. When eye teaming is compromised, it hinders physical coordination in sports, play and other daily activities.

The Saladin Near Point Balance Card measures how well your eyes work together to achieve near vision focus at varying distances.

How Testing Helps With Sports Vision Training

Depending on your sport and your testing results, you may require vision training in specific areas to improve your vision skills and your sports performance.

Certain tests may even be used as training tools, such as computer simulations that help batters anticipate when and where a fastball or a curveball will be located, and training them to respond accordingly.

Contact our optometrists today to optimize, correct, and enhance your visual skills so you can become the athlete you know you can be!

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