As noted by the New York Times (Vision Training to Boost Sports Performance), The difference between winning and losing often comes down to your ability to process and react to the visual cues around you; in most cases, this takes mere fractions of a second. That’s the time you have to decide where the ball will be when it crosses the plate, where the guard is going when he tries to stop your charge, or which direction the puck is going before it leaves the blade.
Fast hands, court-vision, and laser focus are the skills that will set you apart from your competition, and Sports Vision Training at McCrodan Vision Development can help you improve these essential abilities.
Athletes of any skill level, in any sport that requires improved awareness can benefit from the Sports Vision Training program available through McCrodan Vision Development.
There are about 17 different visual skills required to have efficient vision. Vision Therapy, or Neuro-Visual rehabilitation, has been effectively used to help people improve their reading speed, comprehension, hand/eye coordination, and more, enabling them to enjoy a better quality of life by building on these 17 visual skills. It quickly became apparent that these visual skills could also improve on-field performance, and Sports Vision Therapy has been implemented by professional sports leagues, individual athletes, and amateurs of every skill level seeking an effective way to improve their game.
At McCrodan Vision Development here in Victoria, Dr. Cameron McCrodan, OD, uses a variety of state-of-the-art tools and technologies to assess your current abilities and develop a training strategy to give you the skills boost you’re looking for.
A recent study from the University of Cincinnati explored the relationship between concussions and football players who underwent vision training, and they discovered a statistically significant lower rate of concussion in players who underwent vision training: players who received vision training had 1.4 concussions per 100 game exposures, while players who didn’t undertake vision training experienced 9.2 concussions per 100 game exposures.
Up to 90% of Traumatic Brain Injury/Acquired Brain Injury (TBI/ABI) patients exhibited some form of ocular motor dysfunction after the acute stage of care, as referenced in this research study. These are neurological vision problems that are not detected through acuity and eye health testing.
Post-trauma vision syndrome, including ocular motor dysfunction, binocular dysfunction (including convergence issues), and visual-vestibular mismatch can result in:
The treatment success rate for objective improvement and associated symptom reduction is 90-98%
Stroboscopic training is one of the approaches we use in the Sports Vision Training program at McCrodan Vision Development, and a Duke University study found stroboscopic training to be an effective tool to improve visual cognition, with significant improvement in central visual field motion sensitivity and transient attention abilities.
In another study completed by the University of Cincinnati, the researchers looked at the batting statistics for the University of Cincinnati Athletics Department’s baseball team for the 2010-2011 season. The coaching staff implemented vision training exercises for the team six weeks before the start of the season, with maintenance exercises throughout the season to keep them on track. The research study found the team’s overall batting average jumped from 0.251 in 2010, to 0.285 in 2011, and the slugging percentage increased by 0.033. At the same time, slugging percentage for the rest of the teams in the Big East Conference dropped by 0.082%, which translated to a 10% gain for each player on the UC team.
Here at McCrodan Vision Development, we use the leading technology tools to help local athletes improve their vision skills, enabling them to see more on the court, ice, or field. We use a large selection of innovative solutions to create a custom program for you, which may include:
Senaptec Sensory Station
We have Canada’s first Senaptec Sensory Station, a state-of-the-art training tool used by players in the NHL, NBA, NFL, and MLB to improve performance. Regardless of your current skill level, this unique training station is used to assess 10 different visual and sensory performance skills, including:
The FITLIGHT Training system is used to improve reaction time, agility, and speed for sports, and tactical skills, such as dynamic target training, but it’s also used to improve the range of motion, strength, and coordination in healthcare patients. The unique wireless reaction training system uses LED lights, controlled by a tablet, to provide immediate performance feedback on your reaction time, speed, agility, and coordination.
Check out Indy car driver, Will Power, testing his reaction time using the FITLIGHT Trainer
Multiple-object tracking technology is the science behind the NeuroTracker system, based on 20 years of clinical research on perceptual cognition by Dr. Jocelyn Faubert and his research team. NeuroTracker provides unique cognitive training for realistic scenarios by integrating 3D multiple-object tracking with real-life situations.
NeuroTracker is used by the Vancouver Canucks, Atlanta Falcons, Baylor Bears, and the United States National Soccer team, as well as the U.S Special Operations Command and Canadian Joint Operation Command.
Contact our team to find out what you’ll need to take your skills to the next level
American Patients: 1.347.554.1719
A: 734 Caledonia Avenue.
Victoria BC V8T 1E5
Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
*Hours above do not reflect therapy hours.