Vision Training & Sports

Competitive advantage is now the norm for professional athletes. We see athletes taking their training and conditioning to new heights. Grueling workouts, personal trainers, physical therapists and extreme cardio programs are giving some of our best athletes the edge they need to stay on top. Vision Training has only recently become a widely used tool for athletes. But for those wishing to take it to the next level, Vision Training offers a competitive advantage like no other.

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Larry Fitzgerald Does it!
One player in the 2009 Super Bowl was given a major advantage over others while still a child. The 25 year-old wider receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald, has a grandfather and aunt who are optometrists in Chicago. For example, to improve Larry's visual control, spatial judgment and rhythm, Dr. Johnson would hang a painted ball from the ceiling and have him try to hit the colored dots on the ball with the matching colored stripes on a rolling pin.

Brett Basanez Does it!
Brett Basanez, a senior at Northwestern University, swears by a workout routine that, for a star quarterback, is pretty unathletic. Twice a week, he puts on 3-D glasses, settles down in front of a computer and punches at the keyboard to move arrows and dots across the screen. These half-hour sessions of souped-up Pac-Man are meant to improve Basanez's ability to scan an entire football field and zero in on a target - crucial skills if you hope to find a receiver before a linebacker finds you. "God didn't make me 6-5 and fast," says Basanez. "I have to look for every edge that I can." Clearly, he has found something. The 6-foot-2-inch Basanez set every passing record at Northwestern and ranks second in career passing yards in Big Ten history.

Greg Vaughn Does it!
Greg Vaughn found that out last year in San Diego working with Behavioral Optometrist, Dr. Carl Hillier and his staff of vision therapists. After several sessions of Sports Vision Training, Greg reports that "A 95 mph fast ball looks like its coming in at 88 mph!" Behavioral Optometrists who specialize in Vision Training help athletes utilize visual pathways in the brain that detect motion and regulate the perception of time; the "magnocellular" and "parvocellular" pathways. Some of these specialized pathways don't even go to the part of the brain, that most of us learned in school, to be where "we see", the occipital lobe. These pathways go to parts of the brain that regulate the perception of space and time; the parietal lobe and midbrain.


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