Welcome to Sports Vision at NeuroVision!
We are currently running a Virtual Sports Vision Training Trial for Hockey. This is Phase 2 of our study.
We offer sports vision training for a variety of different sports including, but not limited to: baseball, soccer, football, golf, volleyball, basketball, tennis, lacrosse. We will be offering Trials in Virtual Sports Vision Training for other sports in the future. Please apply for our study if you have interest in being included in one of these future studies.
Superior Vision For Superior Performance
We are now looking to test 2 groups of 5 hockey players, age 10 to 16 years old, in our 12 week NeuroVision Virtual Sports Vision Training Trial, starting in Fall 2021. Ideally this would be 5 players from 2 different teams that represent 2 different age groups or levels. Ideally, the 5 players in each group are on the same team or caliber.
We would like to find 2 hockey coaches or parental leads that would facilitate in coordinating 5 players from the same team and assist us as needed for communication and accountability with the players.
Player Criteria and Study Commitment Requirements
Have a positive attitude, driven and have the strong support of their parents.
Exhibit inconsistencies or holes in their game, that can sometimes look like difficulty “seeing the ice”, or trouble tracking the puck, reading the play, or engaging with the team on the ice.
Must be willing and able to commit to a 12 week training program that includes daily practice of approximately 20 minutes, 5 days a week.
Each week you will receive a set of hockey vision training video exercises for the week. At the end of the week you must submit a video of your performance for each exercise for review by our experts, in order to qualify for the following week’s exercises.
Once you register for our study, we will ship you a training equipment package, included in the cost of the trial.
We are looking for a cross-section of players that will provide variety in age group, level and ability.
“I know myself growing up as a kid with poor peripheral vision function, the limitations it put on both my sports performance and my school performance particularly with reading and being able to control my attention in class. When I played hockey, I was that “kid” who was a very strong skater, and could win the foot race to puck, and then I would throw it away. Without being able to see the full ice and where my team mates where, I was unable to make an intelligent play. And that was frustrating for me and everyone!
…There are many ways the visual system functions to direct performance, and I want to give every kid a chance to have superior vision for superior performance both on and off the ice.”
– Dr. Coralee Mueller
Success from NeuroVision Virtual Sports Vision Training Trial Hockey: Phase 1
We are ecstatic that the kids who participated in our Phase 1 trial all were dedicated to the process and all reported improvements in not only hockey performance, but also in reading, academics and social-emotional.
The biggest gains noted in hockey were from an improvement in using their peripheral vision, seeing the ice more with greater confidence and increased performance.
After 12 weeks of our NeuroVision Virtual Sports Vision Training Trial Hockey: Phase 1 we recorded the following improvements:
These results are in line with what we expect for improvements after 3 months of NeuroVision training. We expect increased recovery of these skills after 6 to 12 months of NeuroVision training depending on the individual.
From our Phase 1 Trial Participants...
"In the limited hockey we played you could tell he had a better picture of the full ice and where his teammates were. Noticed his confidence also increased with stick handling. His golf game also improved!
At school he seems more focused and engaged. His teacher has even commented on an improvement.
As far as the program it became routine after a few weeks and Spencer dedicated time each day for his exercises. He had a few stumbles on the way but persevered until he mastered the task at hand."
"Just wanted to commend the awesome program the NeuroVision team ran for our kids over last spring. It seems to have been a very structured program and my son seems to have taken a lot away from the sessions. He seemed to have increased his peripheral awareness from doing some of the exercises they directed and also can see a natural change in his memory retention which has translated to his schoolwork as well.
Overall I would say the introduction of this program has definitely done a great job in how he perceives things on the ice and at school.
Kudos and a big thank you once again to Dr. Mueller and the entire team for facilitating such a session for the kids.
Looking forward to working with you folks again in the future."
Once you have been accepted into our study, and you have received your equipment package, you will be booked a virtual appointment with our clinic to measure baseline data visual skills which we will track for progress at the completion of the study. You will have full support virtually from our clinic throughout the trial to ensure you are on track, and answer any questions you may have.
At the completion of our 12 week program you will be given the results of your progress and will have the option to continue further training as desired.
Want to be a part of Phase 2?
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STUDY PRICE: $199 per participant, per month
Selected group must meet the necessary criteria
3 month commitment required
Registration for our Fall 2021 trial is now open!
What is Sports Vision Training?
Sports Vision Training, a form of vision therapy, and is aimed at developing specific visual skills and processing in athletes of all ages. Prescribed activities retrain the brain to effectively interact with the eyes and improve visual function which improves sports performance. This has been referred to as “the new frontier” for performance enhancement with professional athletes. Many pro-players are including Sports Vision Training as part of their regimen to give them a unique and improved edge over the competition.
Training focuses on heightening an athlete’s visual abilities within their sport. Through visual tests, NeuroVision can determine a players level of visual function as it relates to their game. A comprehensive neurovisual training program is then implemented to improve skills such as tracking, near-far focus, peripheral awareness, hand-eye coordination, visual reaction time, as well as balance.
Specifically recorded for our research will be the following skills: tracking, near-far focus and peripheral focus. Players will be assessed prior to training to record baseline information and then reassessed after the program ends to compare.
Neurovisual training for sports also has expected benefits such as the potential to improve reading, academics, as well as mental/emotional constructs.
Important Visual Skills in Sports Vision
The ability to move the eyes smoothly to follow a moving object or follow a line of text, important for reading and sports and judging things that move, tells the body where moving objects are
What happens when Tracking is not optimized? Reading issues, difficulty spelling, difficulty following the play in sports, challenges self-confidence/self-esteem and frustration
When Tracking becomes optimized & sub-conscious: Academic - ease of reading and comprehension. Athletics – Reaction time & decision making can improve as the eyes can more easily track a moving object & unpredictable patterns (Hockey, Baseball, Soccer, Basketball)
Mental / Emotional Impact – higher levels of engagement in academics & athletics. Reduced “avoidance” of mentally challenging tasks (reading, puck battles), increased confidence, instant gratification & success to complete a task
The ability to change the eyes position of gaze between far and close, being able to change focus quickly is important for most aspects of our daily lives, including academics, sports, navigating a vehicle or bike (for children). A strong Near-Far Focus result accurately tells the body how far away things are and where they're located
What happens when Near-Far Focus is not optimized? Difficulties looking at blackboard then refocusing on desk work. Can result in loss of attention due to the difficulty of the task. Sports - difficulty localizing and following the play from end to end; challenges self confidence in the ability to do what other players seem to do effortlessly
When Near Far Focus becomes optimized & sub-conscious: Academic - ease of shifting attention between the Teacher’s front of class work and desk work. Athletics – Improved spatial awareness of where other players are, and better anticipation / decision making on how to engage with players close to you when you get the puck or ball (whether attacking or defending)
Mental / Emotional Impact – higher levels of engagement in academics & athletics. In sports, higher levels of patience and better decision making as the brain is processing “Far” and “Near” information faster and effortlessly
The ability to see the entire expanse of our visual space. This includes seeing all around to both sides, above and below, as well as near and far in 3-dimensional space, all while focusing central on any given target. For example: seeing the puck being passed to them from the side while looking straight ahead at the net. Peripheral Focus also includes the ability to attend to that vision while keeping the central focus locked on target, important for attention /reading/localizing and coordination for sports and movement; tells the body where everything is all around us and what’s going on around us
What happens when Peripheral Focus is not optimized? Reading speed is slower, attention/concentration difficulties, clumsy. Narrow focus in hockey would limit decision making and options, as well as possibly not seeing defending players and the ability to protect oneself on the field of play
When Peripheral Focus becomes optimized & sub-conscious: Academic – improvements in speed of reading and comprehension of text. Athletics – heightened awareness of what developing on the field of play. Seeing more options allows for greater anticipation and evaluation of options (where I could pass the puck, where the players are going to go next)
Mental / Emotional Impact – greater efficiency with academics. Greater mental proficiency, decision making, and safety in sports
Emphasis on Periphery!
We have 7 different ways that we measure peripheral function.
Peripheral vision is arguably the most affected skill on average, which also takes the most time to improve. Peripheral vision is also arguably the most fundamental and important neuro-visual skill since it supports and enhances the other separate visual skills.
It includes having a wide field of view in all dimensions of space:
1. Above and below,
2. Side to side, and
3. Near to far
Narrow focus in the game limits decision making and options, as well as not seeing defending players and the ability to protect oneself in the game. When peripheral focus is maximized, athletes have a heightened awareness of what’s developing in the play. They see more of the field of play, seeing more options for greater anticipation and opportunities in the game. The more open the peripheral vision is, the more areas of space a player is going to be able to track and focus change!
We recommend a minimum of 6 months in NeuroVision training to optimize periphery. Peripheral focus training in all 3 areas of space is built into every NeuroVision technique.
Athletes are becoming increasingly more aware of the advantages of superior vision to their game. High level and professional athletes are becoming more involved in neuro-visual training for sports vision performance. They are enhancing their visual skills to improve their game and give them the much desired edge over their competition. Sports vision training is becoming the new frontier in improving sports performance for athletes.
Visual Skills in Sports
The ability to see all around to the sides as well as above and below, such as seeing the puck on the ice and the players all around, while keeping the central focus locked on target straight ahead. This is important for knowing where things are, and for coordinating movement. It tells the body what’s going on all around us. Narrow focus on the ice or the field would limit decision making and options, as well as not seeing defending players and the ability to protect oneself in the game. When peripheral focus is maximized, athletes have a heightened awareness of what’s developing in the play. They see more of the field of play, seeing more options for greater anticipation and opportunities in the game.
The ability to change the eyes position of gaze between far and close. Being able to change focus quickly is important for most aspects of sports, including the ability to know how far away things are. When this is not optimized in sports, there can be a difficulty localizing and following the play from end to end. When this is optimized, the player has a better understanding following the play and better able to engage with the players that are close while making decisions on how to play the ball or puck.
The ability to move the eyes smoothly to follow a moving object like a player, the puck or a ball. When this skill is not efficient it’s easy to lose the puck or lose track of the ball. These players with reduced tracking skills may have difficulty following the play and the game. The importance of well developed tracking skills is that it allows the player to engage appropriately when there are unpredictable patterns of play that they need to be able track in order to make solid decisions in the game.
Visual Efficiency and Stamina
This means that the eyes move around for the whole game without getting tired. The eyes are constantly in motion the whole game which can use up a lot of extra energy and effort if the eye movement skills are not efficient and properly developed for high efficiency. Players who have less visual efficiency may find that they are on their game for the first half of the game and then it falls apart in the later half. The players who have improved visual efficiency and stamina have more ability for consistency in their game to deliver the same level of performance from start to finish.
Visual Reaction Time/Eye-Hand Coordination
The visual system tells the body what to do. For accurate play in sports the visual system gives the arm/hand/foot accurate information as to where in space it needs to be to react appropriately. When this system is not accurate, a person can be uncoordinated, miss the puck or ball, and fail to make the necessary plays. Developing this system is important for a player to be able to show up in the game, to direct the appropriate action in time, and to react immediately without hesitation or delay. This will help winning battles for the puck, or one-timing the play.
Eye Teaming and Binocularity
These are the skills that allow the two eyes to work together as a team which gives optimum depth perception. There are many levels of depth perception ability. A player with reduced depth perception may not be able to judge positioning of where things are in the game as well, or as easily. Those players who have better quality and quantity of depth perception, and who are able to maintain depth perception over a wider range of eye movement, will have an advantage to be more accurate in performance.
Sports Vision Evaluation
This evaluation is for athletes who want to elevate their game to the next level!
This assessment addresses:
Performance stamina and consistency
This evaluation consists of one appointment:
1. Doctor Visual Skill Exam & Treatment Plan Assessment
the doctor will investigate over a dozen functional visual skills as it relates to your unique situation, and prescribe a treatment plan and vision therapy program to enhance and maximize your visual skills as it relates to your sport
The appointment is 1.5 hours.