What is sports vision training?
Sports vision training works on improving the visual abilities of an athlete that are most necessary for excellence in their sport. Some of these abilities include eye-hand coordination, dynamic visual acuity, eye tracking, focusing, visual reaction time, and peripheral awareness.
How does sports vision training work?
Sports Vision Training works to improve a specific set of visual skills that are used during athletic performances. These visual performance skills include:
- Eye tracking
- Binocular vision for depth perception
- Eye focusing
- Central and peripheral visual attention
- Visual processing speed for reactive agility
At Florida Eye Specialists, our Sports Vision Training expert, Dr. Kimberly Riordan, evaluates the visual performance of each athlete with an eye toward the sport and position played. The test results are analyzed to create a vision profile for that specific athlete. This profile displays the visual strengths and weaknesses of the athlete and compares the results to those of athletes in the same sport, position and level of experience.
We then use their profile to develop a personalized, structured Sports Vision Training program specifically designed to address any deficits in the athlete’s sports vision abilities. All Sports Vision Training sessions are one-on-one with highly skilled ophthalmic technicians guided and directed by Dr. Kimberly Riordan. The program is in conjunction with our partnership with the Jacksonville Jaguars as the official eye care providers of the team.
Who can benefit from sports vision training?
Sports vision training is available for both youth and adult athletes of all ages and levels of play. Sports vision training is a good fit for any athlete who wants to take their performance to the next level. It can also benefit tactical professions, such as law enforcement and military personnel.
Which skills are improved with sports vision training?
Skill improvement is achieved through a series of specific vision activities utilizing specialized equipment and under the guidance of a professional vision training coach. This allows the athlete to maximize his or her ability to accurately, quickly, precisely and consistently interpret what they see during competition.
Sports vision training programs are used to improve:
- Accommodation (Eye Focusing)
- Depth Perception
- Reactive Agility (Visual Reaction Speed)
- Scanning and Tracking
- Vergence (Binocular Vision)
- Visual Attention & Processing
- Eye-hand, eye-foot and eye-body coordination
- Visual memory