“Elite athletes leverage huge advantages from their mental prowess on the field, yet finding a way to condition performance cognitively has always been a major challenge for sports science.” – Leonard Zaichkowsky, PhD, Director of Sports Science Vancouver Canucks.
What is sports vision training?
Sports Vision training has little to do with improving eye sight. The techniques are intended to improve the athlete’s ability to process what they see. By repeatedly activating visual sensory neurons, their ability to send electrical signals from one cell to another improves. Many professional athletes are incorporating vision training in their weekly routines. Studies have shown vision training will boost performance in the following sports: baseball, hockey, basketball, football, tennis, soccer, golf and martial arts. Vision training plans, much like physical training plans, must be tailored to the individual in order to be effective.
Why sports vision training?
Sport vision training in Montreal allows athletes to process greater amounts of visual information more quickly and accurately thus improving their decision making and physical reactions.
How do I know if my vision is affecting my performance?
Visual issues have been shown to negatively affect performance. These visual problems can result in the following: headaches, inconsistent performance, fatigue, unforced errors, limited improvement despite practicing regularly and poor hand eye coordination.
How is sports vision trained at NC?
Athletes will undergo a comprehensive assessment. Dynamic visual acuity, eye tracking, focus, peripheral awareness, depth perception and stamina will be evaluated. Based on the results, trained professionals will develop an individualized training plan for each athlete.
NC trainers will have access to the latest technologies. “Sports vision” will be trained and improved by isolating and overloading the necessary systems. Athletes will notice improvements in their reaction time, visual-motor coordination and peripheral vision. The NC team will track performance and record the data. Our team will use this data to design and implement the training plan.
Key concept behind vision training:
- Eye-hand coordination
- Speed and span of recognition
- Peripheral awareness
- Reaction time
- Focus and tracking