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Q: What is sports vision?

Posted February 19, 2014 in Advice Column, Ankeny

A: Sports vision is a specialty area of vision therapy. We can work with athletes to assess their visual skills and address areas that may be problematic. If there are no problem areas, we work to enhance and elevate their skills further.

Studies show that professional athletes tend to have elevated/enhanced visual skills, including visual acuity, tracking ability, depth perception, hand-eye coordination or even visualization. A great example of a professional athlete who has benefited from vision therapy is Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. He actually had some issues with his vision growing up that vision therapy helped him overcome, and now has become an elite professional football player.

During sports vision therapy, we work to enhance the visual skills used in ways that correlate to that athlete’s specific sport(s). For example, we can help a baseball player with hitting by doing various drills and activities during normal batting stance to mimic how he would be using his eyes in a game situation. Fine tuning visual performance for athletes can be a great way to augment traditional training, helping to possibly give them that extra edge.

With many sports being in their off season and new ones soon to start, now is a great time to evaluate and enhance those visual skills. If you are interested in finding out more about sports vision or would like to schedule an evaluation, give us a call or send us an email.

Information provided by Dr. Erik Romsdahl, Child and Family Vision Center, 2525 N. Ankeny Blvd., Suite 109, Ankeny, 964-7541.

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