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Vision Therapy Offers Advantages for Young Athletes

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Sports Performances Improved by Vision Therapy

Vision therapy improves performance in many sports, including:

  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Karate and other martial arts
  • Tennis
  • Table Tennis
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Snowboarding
  • Target shooting
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Hockey
  • Volleyball
  • Skiing

Therapy is not just recommended for team sports, but can also help your child finally master riding a bicycle, improve his or balance while riding a skateboard or scooter, or make it easier to catch a Frisbee during a friendly backyard game.

Vision Therapy Offers Proven Results

Many professional and college sports teams offer vision therapy to their athletes because it's a simple, effective way to improve performance. In fact, University of California Riverside baseball players who participated in a vision therapy research study at the university had better vision, batted in more runs and had fewer strikeouts after completing a vision training program.

Training is an important part of a young athlete's regimen, but sprints and drills are not the only way to improve performance. Vision therapy, an innovative treatment program designed to improve hand-eye coordination, visual memory and other vision skills, can give young athletes the edge they need to excel.

How Can Vision Therapy Help?

Even athletes who have 20/20 vision can benefit from vision therapy. Therapy sessions focus on improving the way your child's brain and eyes work together. Vision therapy can make it easier to track a ball in the sky, judge distances or see objects or people with peripheral vision.

If your child has mastered the basics of his or her sport, but is not performing as well as he or she should, vision therapy may offer a solution to the problem. Therapy can help a young athlete:

What Happens During a Vision Therapy Session?

Sessions are tailored to your child's sport and address deficiencies identified during his or her comprehensive vision examination. Treatment involves manual and computer games, prisms, light boards, special lenses and other aids designed to help your child maximize his or her vision. Most children enjoy vision therapy and feel a sense of accomplishment when they improve their performance during sessions.

Is your son or daughter a frustrated athlete? Vision therapy can help improve his or her performance and confidence. Call us today to find out how we can help your child finally perform to his or her fullest potential.


Sources:

The Vision Therapy Center: Discovering Vision Therapy Blog
http://www.thevisiontherapycenter.com/discovering-vision-therapy/sports-vision-how-the-visual-system-impacts-your-play

Current Biology: Improved Vision and On-Field Performance in Baseball Through Perceptual Learning, 2/17/14
http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822%2814%2900005-0

All About Vision: Sports Vision Skills You Can Practice at Home
http://www.allaboutvision.com/sportsvision/skills.htm

NY Times: Vision Training to Boost Sports Performance, 5/6/14
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/05/26/eye-practice-for-the-big-game/

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