See Beyond Limits with Performance Vision Training Center

Did you know, vision is the primary sense used by athletes? An athlete’s vision is imperative and directly tied to performance ability in a variety of sports including, but not limited to: golf, baseball, softball, football, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, skiing, and more. Athletes, no matter their age or skill level, will depend on their vision for critical skills such as situational awareness, reading human movement cues, peripheral vision, focus flexibility, and more. Vision Source Specialists is the premier sports vision assessment and training clinic in Western South Dakota featuring its Performance Vision Training Center (PVTC). The Performance Vision Training Center at Vision Source Specialists can help a variety of people including athletes, patients suffering from traumatic brain injuries or concussions, and even those students who are struggling with visual activities such as reading. The PVTC offers different assessments and training to improve and enhance various vision skills a person needs to succeed on and off the court.

Sports Vision Training

Due to the increased understanding and studies relating vision to enhance sports performance, many pro and collegiate teams are conducting vision assessments and training opportunities for their athletes. For example, the Arizona Cardinals’ wide receiver, Larry Fitzgerald, has participated in vision therapy since he was a child as his grandfather believed in the vision training opportunities as an optometrist. Fitzgerald stated, “There is definitely a connection between the vision therapy that I did as a child and my performance on the field.” Just like the body and mind can be trained for increased strength or endurance, vision can also be trained for athletes. Some of the areas enhanced through assessment and conditioning include:

  • Hand-Eye Coordination

    this is the process of coordinating visual and motor skills involved in hand movement and reactions.
  • Depth Perception

    allows a person to make spatial judgments and understand how far away an object or a person is.
  • Color Vision

    being able to detect various color differences and hues to analyze subtle changes in one’s environment.
  • Dynamic Visual Acuity

    being able to clearly focus on objects or people when they are moving quickly
  • Peripheral Awareness

    being able to perceive what is going on at either side of you without turning your head or body to see fully
  • Contrast Sensitivity

    the ability to understand the difference between light and dark
  • Hand-Eye Coordination – this is the process of coordinating visual and motor skills involved in hand movement and reactions.
  • Depth Perception – allows a person to make spatial judgments and understand how far away an object or a person is.
  • Color Vision – being able to detect various color differences and hues to analyze subtle changes in one’s environment.
  • Dynamic Visual Acuity – being able to clearly focus on objects or people when they are moving quickly
  • Peripheral Awareness – being able to perceive what is going on at either side of you without turning your head or body to see fully
  • Contrast Sensitivity – the ability to understand the difference between light and dark

Customized Training

Understanding what a patient needs in the area of vision training, takes skilled professionals and the idea that not all athletes need the same help or training. There is not a single standard that everyone can follow to achieve enhanced vision training. Instead, professionals like those at the Performance Vision Training Center at Vision Source Specialists will use a variety of technologies and tests to identify skills that need improvement. Some of the training will rely on the latest hi-tech technologies, and others will be completed at home by doing a visual exercise wholly and consistently. The sports vision training will be heavily influenced and tailored directly for the athlete’s needs for improvement and specific sport. Through training, just like the athlete would do in their chosen field, advancements in visual areas will grow with time.

Rehabilitation and Concussion Management

Vision training does not just stop with helping athletes perform better in their chosen sport. The assessments and training with sports vision therapy are becoming an essential aspect of rehabilitation and concussion management. Vision-based assessments can help those who have suffered from a concussion or traumatic brain injury areas that need to be improved upon and also be used to assess predictions for future injury risks.

Sports Vision Training and Effects on Academics

Perhaps your child is simply struggling with reading. With the new school year just around the corner don’t leave your child feeling helpless. Sports vision training also has successful impacts on students who have trouble reading. Students who have been assessed and train their visual skills like visual acuity, eye dominance, focusing, tracking and other vision skills have been shown to enhance their motor and cognitive learning and performance ability. While your child may have “20/20 vision”, blurred vision, double vision, visual-motor problems, and other problems can lead to a child being unable to focus on reading, writing, or performing their best in the classroom. Don’t let your student fall behind this year and have the Performance Vision Training Center at Vision Source Specialists, assess and treat your child for their vision problems today through sports vision training.

Just like any body part, your eyes can be trained for success. The Performance Vision Training Center at Vision Source Specialists is the leader of sports vision therapy and training in the Black Hills. Their trained optometrists and vision trainers can assess patients for their needs and wants to provide individualized training plans to enhance vision. Whether you are an athlete looking to improve your skills beyond your competition, are in the process of rehabilitating from a head injury, or you are the parent of a child who is struggling in school; vision therapy and training is the way to enhance skill sets and keep your vision abilities in the best shape.