Sports and Coordination
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Vision Therapy for Sports and Coordination
Sports Vision Training for Sports and Coordination can make playing much easier for your child.
Sports vision therapy, which utilizes Vision Therapy for sports and coordination, can help to improve the visual abilities of aspiring athletes.
Sports Vision Therapy - Your Key To Sporting Success!
Are you an athlete looking to maximize your training and improve your performance? Have you been training for years, but want to do even more to extend your abilities? Are you looking to get the highest edge possible over your opponents?
One option that you may not have yet considered is sports vision therapy. What is sports vision therapy? How can it really help you, in your selected sport? Is it truly worth the time, effort, and money involved? Let us spend some time discussing what exactly sports vision training is, and then how it can benefit you.
First, let us answer the most obvious question, “What IS sports vision therapy?” The short answer is relatively simple. It is a means of fine tuning how your eyes collect information, and your mind's response to that information, and finally your muscle's reaction time to stimulus from your mind.
The long answer is slightly more complicated. If you were to undertake sports vision training, the specific training programs you were a part of would be highly customized. These customizations would depend on many factors. These factors include what sport you intend to use the training for, how you do in specialized training, what areas you feel you need improvement in, and what training is available.
Let us consider some of the vision exercises and how and why they measure your vision.
One exercise that tests your mind's ability to process information and respond is called the “Dynamic Rotator.” This exercise involves words and letters spinning on a flat wheel, and you trying to read them as they spin. Another exercise involves a series of LED lights. While you focus on one light at the center of your vision, other lights are randomly turned on. This helps determine the strength of your peripheral vision.
There are many other testing and training tools that may used. These tools all tend to use charts, lights, and moving objects. The goal of each is to test or train different aspect of your vision. While some may seem silly, each is vital in improving your vision.
And why are these exercises so valuable? They test your ability to track a moving object for any sport where you are in motion.
Even in something as simple as running, being able to see and process information around you can be vital. For example, your peripheral vision will be key in quickly spotting opponents creeping up on you. While playing sports like football, soccer, baseball, or cricket, you must be able to run, and simultaneously track small objects that are also moving quickly.
No matter the sport, sports vision training can clearly be an invaluable tool. Is having every advantage important to you? To be the best, give yourself every tool, including improving your vision with sports vision therapy!
How Sports Vision Therapy Can Improve Your Performance
Most people enjoy watching sports and seeing how well their favorite teams fare each season. The players and coaches work diligently to be the most highly trained team on the field. Players are always looking to gain a competitive edge without having to resort to steroids or other dangerous methods. Sports vision therapy has shown to be very useful at helping players and teams gain this edge.
Athletes begin by taking vision tests to see where their visual strengths and weaknesses are. Unlike a general eye exam, these special tests measure factors that are directly related to playing sports. Often, an athlete has no difficulty reading or doing other everyday tasks. The diagnosis will allow athletes to target the specific areas of their vision that will help them to improve their performance.
The coordination of hands and eyes is essential to most sports, especially those that involve equipment. By increasing this, players are able to gain the ability to anticipate and react more readily when a ball or puck is headed in their direction. This split second additional recognition allows them to respond more accurately than their visually untrained peers.
For those who have to move long distances, either in skiing or running down a field, learning how to improve depth perception can mean the difference between making it to the end and encountering an obstacle, be it a flag or a player on the opposing team.
The ability to track objects is essential in many ball sports. The player needs to be able to see exactly where the ball is and navigate to their desired location. This can increase the ability to take the basketball from the opposing team or anticipating where a baseball is headed.
Peripheral vision is another aspect of playing sports that can be an incredibly important aspect of sports vision training. Most team sports require knowing where the other players are and what they are doing. Being able to see beyond what is directly in front gives athletes the ability to make choices based on that additional information. Using this, a football player may avoid being tackled and a hockey player can see where an unexpected opening lies.
Focus is another aspect of training that can help the athlete to perform at peak levels. Unlike the general focus required to read or drive, in this context, it is referring to their ability to focus quickly and accurately when moving their eyes from one location to another. The response to everything involved in the game is enhanced when the athlete is able to rapidly comprehend the visual input they are receiving.
Sports vision therapy is growing in popularity for professionals and amateurs alike. Gaining the edge that comes from these types of exercises is rewarding and can be the difference between winning and losing a game. Because of that, many players are willing to invest time into training their vision, just as they dedicate time to training the rest of their bodies.
Click the purple links below to read these Vision Therapy success stories about patients who used Vision Therapy for sports and coordination, like hand-eye coordination, gross motor coordination, fine motor skills, and playing/reading music.
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Please note: In-office therapy under the direction of a Behavioral Optometrist using prisms, filters and lenses, as used with our patients, is far more effective than home-based therapy.