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Sports Vision Therapy can give you the competitive edge
What Is Vision Therapy?
How Does Vision Therapy Help With Sports?
Vision Therapists in Bolton explain how they help athletes in Vaughan, Brampton & Richmond Hill see better and play better.
The vision/brain skills listed below provide significant benefit in every sport. For the purposes of providing a real-life example, we will use baseball below.
- eye tracking and movement precision– Follow the moving ball more accurately
- enhanced peripheral awareness– Detect someone stealing a base.
- target localization
- visual discrimination
- faster, more accurate hand-eye coordination– Be more accurate at batting, throwing, pitching. by improving the eye’s ability to direct body movement
- vision-balance integration– Balance relies on vision, and most aspects of sports performance can be improved with better balance.
- visual reaction time– As the 90 mph baseball comes flying at you, every improvement in the time it takes to react to visual stimuli is essential.
- dynamic visual acuity– see the ball while in motion, clearly
- depth perception and distance estimation– Assess more accurately and quickly the speed and distance of a moving object.
- focusing– rapidly change focus from far and near, such as a quick transition from getting the ball from the glove (close work) to throwing it to first base (far).
- Contrast Sensitivity– Improved contrast improves the ability to see the ball against a white sky.
The Research About Sports Vision Therapy
University of California Riverside increased batting averages of 30% after 24 sessions of Sports Vision training.
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. Visit The Vision Therapy Center at Bolton Vision Therapy Center for an exam.
Sports Vision therapy is like any other form of therapy, the amount of months needed is dependent on the progress of the patient. Older more motivated patients tend to reach the desired results quickly by being extra diligent to do the at-home exercises. The vision training will be built around your comprehensive developmental eye exam, which will ascertain what areas are in need of improvement.
We assume that if we do not need glasses or contact lenses our vision is perfect. And while we may recognize the important role vision has in athletic success, we think "our vision is great". The reality is that we all have elements of our visual system that can use improvement. A person with 20/20 vision may still need to improve in their ability to track a fast-moving object or to improve spatial recognition.
The other thing many people assume is that sports vision therapy is only for professional athletes. While it is true that professional athletes do a lot of vision therapy, there is much to gain for all levels of competitions. The ability to play better improves the athlete's self-confidence and acceptance and shows the true potential of the athlete.
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”.
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