SportsVision (eBook, PDF Version)

SportsVision (eBook, PDF Version)

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    If you are looking for an innovative way to improve athletic performance on the court or field, vision training may be the answer. SportsVision: Training for Better Performance introduces a dynamic program to teach athletes to see the ball, the field, teammates, and opposition better, giving them the ability to perform better.

    The cutting-edge book provides coaches, athletes, sports medicine professionals, and parents with more than 50 sports vision training exercises and activities. Based on proven training techniques shown to deliver solid results, the exercises are sport specific and easy to use at home, on the field, or in the weight room. Perforated charts and forms are available for easy reference. Visual needs and training exercises are provided for 17 different sports.

    In the past, sports vision training has been done primarily in clinical settings. This is the only book of its kind that takes sports vision out of the lab and onto the field, sport by sport. It challenges you to reach the next level of performance.

    Included are instructions for creating your own training equipment so that you can implement vision training inexpensively, anywhere and anytime, using ordinary materials available at any discount store. SportsVision: Training for Better Performance contains the following features:

    • Detailed visual exercises and more than 40 photos
    • Numerous eye charts and activity plots that enable you to test vision and
    • Step-by-step exercises that make designing your own training programs easy

    If you are a coach, athlete, athletic trainer, or parent, SportsVision: Training for Better Performance can improve athletic performance, no matter what sport you’re involved in.


    Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Introduction

    Chapter 1: What Is SportsVision?
    Static Versus Dynamic Visual Acuity
    Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye
    Visual Motor Skills
    Visual Perceptual Skills
    Eye–Hand and Eye–Foot Coordination
    Peripheral Awareness
    Body Alarm Reaction and SportsVision
    Sports Vision Testing and Evaluation
    Who Benefits From SportsVision Training?

    Chapter 2: Basics of SportsVision
    Sports Vision Laboratory
    SportsVision Applications
    Static Versus Dynamic SportsVision Training
    Relationship Between Balance and Vision

    Chapter 3: Designing a SportsVision Program
    Setting Up the Program
    Pre- and Posttraining SportsVision Evaluation
    SportsVision Equipment

    Chapter 4: SportsVision Training Exercises
    Loading
    Focusing Exercises
    Tracking Exercises
    Vergence Exercises
    Sequencing Exercises
    Eye–Hand and Eye–Foot Coordination Exercises
    Visualization Exercises
    Directionality Exercises

    Chapter 5: Sport-Specific SportsVision Training Exercises
    SportsVision Training Progression: 30 Days to Better Sports Vision
    Baseball and Softball
    Basketball
    Boxing
    Cricket
    Cycling
    Diving
    Downhill Skiing
    Figure Skating
    Football
    Golf
    Gymnastics
    Hockey
    Lacrosse
    Racket Sports
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Volleyball

    Appendix A: Four-in-One Balance Beam
    Appendix B: SportsVision Evaluation Form
    Appendix C: Hand Sequencing Chart
    Appendix D: Teeter Board
    Appendix E: Parquetry Pattern Template
    Appendix F: Equipment Manufacturers
    Appendix G: SportsVision Exercise Log
    Appendix H: Tach Targets
    Bibliography
    Index
    About the Author


    Audience

    A reference for strength and conditioning coaches, high school and college coaches and athletes, athletic trainers, and sports medicine and rehabilitation specialists.

    About the Author

    Thomas A. Wilson, OD, FCOVD, is an optometrist in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, he has successfully completed an extensive postgraduate curriculum and is certified with a specialty in binocular vision. He has served as a SportsVision consultant with the United States Air Force Academy, USA Shooting, and the University of Colorado ski team.

    Dr. Wilson is a member of the Sports Vision section of the American Optometric Association and a former board member and exam board member for the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He earned a FCOVD in binocular vision in 1991. In 1987, he was named Outstanding Clinician by Pacific University.

    Jeff Falkel, PhD, PT, CSCS, *D, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, exercise specialist, and sports medicine professional. Currently he serves as a physical therapist and exercise physiologist with VDP Enterprises in Littleton, Colorado. He has been a SportsVision consultant for youth, high school, college, and professional athletes.

    Dr. Falkel earned a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an ACSM-certified exercise specialist. He was awarded the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS, *D) credential by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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