What Is Sports Vision Training and Enhancement?
Vision Therapy for Sports Performance in Miami
Sports Vision Training isn’t about correcting your vision. You wear glasses or contacts for that. Vision Therapy is about training (or retraining) the brain to achieve maximum efficiency in the way it processes and responds to visual inputs. Sports Vision is about training people with excellent vision to process and respond to what they see faster and better. Using a personalized and customized series of techniques and exercises, the brain learns to respond more accurately and efficiently. It’s just like muscle memory. Once you know and refine exactly how to react, you can do it, again and again, getting better every time.
Visual Processing is How Sport is Played
Vision is way more than how well you read off a chart. Having 20/20 vision doesn’t count for much if you can’t properly track a ball with your eyes, or anticipate where your opponent is headed. If you can’t intercept the play and turn it around, how are you going to succeed?
Sport is all about the visual. The eye sees, the brain interprets and leads, and the body follows. Coaches, athletes, and pundits alike need to keep in mind that visual processing our brain does is prone to fumbles. Incorrect, incorrect, or poorly timed responses are what hold back good athletes from becoming great ones. Even with the best coaching and tactics, sports performance can suffer if not properly honed. Bad habits need to be reversed, while positive skills need to be nurtured. This is what sports vision is all about.
The visual system summarizes what is seen, then tells the brain to activate the muscles to execute a motor action. Vision directs the intelligent movement of the body (the eyes lead the body). The more accurate the visual system can take in and process visual information, the more accurate it can direct appropriate motor movement.
An athlete on the top of his or her game needs neuro-visual responses that are dynamic, precise, and fully aligned every time, all of the time.
Cutting Edge Sports Vision Enhancement in Miami
At Exceptional Vision, our Vision Therapy Center uses the most advanced techniques and research in developmental and optometric optometry. After assessing your specific visual processing challenges, Dr. Pino will develop a completely personalized and custom sports vision enhancement regimen, designed specifically for your athletic goals and aspirations.
The exercises will retrain your brain to more accurately and efficiently interpret the visual data of speed, location, and motion. By unlearning bad habits and building strength, your response times will be faster, your movements more coordinated, and your game upped to the next level!
What Happens When our Visual System is Inaccurate?
- Ball not always seen clearly
- Over or under-estimating the distance of the ball
- Difficulty making the “shot,” “pass” or “play”
- Performance in competition deteriorates late in the game or under stress
- Prone to repeating similar mistakes again and again
- Inconsistent performance
You CAN optimize, correct, and enhance your visual skills through training! Be the athlete you know you can be.
Sports Vision Training Enhances the Following Skills:
- eye tracking and movement precision
- enhanced peripheral awareness
- target localization
- visual discrimination
- faster, more accuracte hand-eye coordination
- vision-balance integration
- visual reaction time
- depth perception
- distance estimation
The Research on Sports Vision Enhancement
Improved Batting Averages
A study of the University of Cincinnati baseball team showed drastic improvement in the batting averages of players following six weeks of various kinds of vision training. The team batting average went up 34 points from the previous season, exceeding improvements of other N.C.A.A. teams. Errors decreased by 15 percent, while fielding assists increased 8 percent. Across all tracked batting parameters, vision training showed improvements of 10% or more.
Another study conducted out of the University of California Riverside tested the effects of Vision Training on real-life applications with their own college baseball team. The athletes on their baseball team were able to improve by 30 percent their reading of eye charts — as well as their batting averages — after completing more than two dozen 25-minute vision training sessions using a computer program. According to the study “trained players showed improved vision after training, had decreased strike-outs, and created more runs”.
Vision Training Works For All Sports
Numerous studies have tracked the benefit of Vision Training for Athletes from many different sports. Some of the sports that have shown improvement in performance are: Hockey, Table Tennis, and Golf, Rugby, Soccer, Tennis. For sports with rapid movements, the athletes who have undergone sports vision training have a significant advantage over their competition.