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Sports Vision Training

What Is Sports Vision Training?

Dynamic Edge improves an athlete's performance by training visual skills such as peripheral awareness, eye-hand coordination, and speed and span of recognition, using a scientifically proven system called Dynamic Sensory Motor Integration. We train athletes to process greater amounts of visual information faster and more accurately so that they make better decisions, and their physical reactions are faster and more accurate, especially when under stress.

Whatever your age, sport, or competitive level, Sports Vision training will enable you to outplay less visually fit athletes.

DSMI

Dynamic Sensory Motor Integration

Dynamic Sensory Motor Integration was developed by Dynamic Edge founder Karen Muncey based on decades of work with both military Special Forces units and professional sports teams such as the Edmonton Oilers, the Detroit Red Wings, the New York Rangers, the Edmonton Eskimos, and the Ottawa Senators. This world class training is now available to both amateur athletes as well as pros through Dynamic Edge.

The training program begins with an evaluation of the athlete's current skill levels, in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, as compared to a database of elite athletes (primarily NHL and Special Forces) that has been compiled since 1984. The evaluation is conducted over five sessions using the DynaVision and Vizual Edge tools. An Evaluation Report is generated is based on the objective measurements provided by these tools.

Evaluation Report

The report is discussed in detail with the athlete and their parents if applicable. It is then used to design an individualized training program with the objective of developing the athlete's ability to convert visual input into appropriate and timely physical responses. The training will be adjusted from session to session based on the results. This approach will ensure that each athlete is challenged by being pushed beyond their normal comfort zones, while also ensuring that they are not overwhelmed or discouraged by training outside their operational range. Like weight training, dynamic skills training requires reasonable consistency to sustain and build on peak performance.

Sample Dynamic Edge Evaluation Report
Sample Dynamic Edge Evaluation Report

State of the Art Training Tools

Dynamic Edge uses the most advanced sports vision evaluation and training tools available. For more information about these tools click on the button for each tool below:

DynaVision Training

DynaVision Training
Dynavision training.

The DynaVision1 is used to train dynamic visual skills such as eye-hand coordination, peripheral awareness, visual reaction time etc. As such, this training is suitable for sports that are dynamic in nature. The DynaVision is the most effective tool available because each exercise forces the athlete to use most, and sometimes all, of the visual skills at once, and therefore provides a good indication of their ability to perform multiple sensory-motor tasks simultaneously. Athletes must not only recognize the existence of a peripheral stimulus, but also judge the exact location of the stimulus and react physically to it without losing their concentration on a key target.

1 DynaVision is a trademark of Performance Enterprises Inc.  www.dynavision2000.com

VizualEdge Training

VizualEdge Training
VizualEdge training.

Vizual Edge

Vizual Edge1 is a computer-based training program developed by Dr. Barry Seiller, an opthalmologist and founder of the Visual Fitness Institute. It complements DynaVision training by measuring and improving eye muscle strength and balance which affects your timing, depth perception, decision making, and your ability to track objects as they move rapidly toward or away from you.

Vizual Edge is used by major league sports teams such as the Cleveland Indians, the Milwaukee Brewers, and the Chicago Black Hawks, as well as many university athletic programs in the United States.

1 Vizual Edge is a trademark of Vizual Edge LLC.  www.vizualedge.com

NeuroTracker

Neurotracker Training
Neurotracker training.

Cognisens Neurotracker

Q. What is NeuroTracker1?

A. A scientific technique that improves perceptual-cognitive abilities for athletic performance. An immersive environment is used train the athlete's multiple target tracking skills in a scene of dynamic 3D motion.

NeuroTracker was developed by CogniSens Athletics Inc. - a Montreal-based company that specializes in neurobiological science and technological applications for sports performance and assessment. The science is driven by Chief Science Officer Dr. Jocelyn Faubert, a world-leading neuro-physicist. Dr.Faubert is director of the Visual Psychophysics and Perception Laboratory at the University of Montreal.

Q. How does NeuroTracker work?

A. By isolating the core mental skills used for reading gameplay and then training them intensively at the level of the brain - a focused workout for the mind. NeuroTracker improves the efficiency of the neural networks that process complex motion. Athlete studies in the lab and in the field show NeuroTracker brings radical gains in "perceptual-cognitive ability" - the basis of visual processing. Gains in tracking skill are dramatic because the brain is so adaptive.

Q. Why is NeuroTracker unique?

A. NeuroTracker's hard science approach provides excellent measurements of perceptual agility. Although a major factor in team-sports performance this is generally untrained. NeuroTracker forms a true bridge between neuroscience and sports science as both a practical and proven way to improve perceptual-cognitive ability.

Q. Why is NeuroTracker for team-sports?

A. Team-sport athletes are the Einsteins of the athletic world. Throughout each game they are overwhelmed with scenes of complex and dynamic motion that change rapidly during critical moments of play. Rather than physical ability, sports science studies show that the key difference between elite and sub-elite athletes is the ability manage this visual overload. NeuroTracker raises game-shape levels to handle these extreme visual demands.

Q. What are NeuroTracker's applied uses?

A. NeuroTracker is primarily a performance enhancement tool, but the data drawn from every session is valuable for profiling each athlete's skillset and can also play a critical role in determining return to play readiness after a concussion. NeuroTracker improvement of perceptual agility is a proactive method for reducing the risks of injuries sustained from in-field collisions, and the non-physical training is ideal for athletes already injured.

Q. Does performance transfer?

A. As a raw perceptual-cognitive task, gains with training directly show increased visual processing skill. Substantial NeuroTracker improvements have been established with top teams in NHL, EPL and Rugby. CogniSens Athletics is now collaborating with several of these teams with the aim of correlating performance data and to study the effects of training physical skills while NeuroTracking.

Q. What is the benefit for managing concussions?

A. NeuroTracker sessions scientifically measure each athlete's perceptual-cognitive state. NeuroTracking activates high level mental resources at threshold levels that are known to be disrupted by the effects of concussions. Medical staff can retest post-concussed players to assess mental normalcy and to help judge readiness for going back into the field.

Q. How is injury prevention relevant?

A. Unanticipated collisions or tackles from the sides are a major injury threat amidst the chaos of team-sport play, making perceptual agility an athlete's first line of defense. NeuroTracker's uses wide visual immersion for conditioning peripheral awareness. As well as enhancing the ability to perceive more targets and track them moving in from the sides earlier, NeuroTracker increases the neural efficiency with which these are processed to help a player maintain awareness under pressure.

1 Neurotracker is a trademark of Cognisens Athletics, Inc.  www.cognisensathletics.com

TAIS Personality Profile

Winning Mind

The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS)1 inventory, is a 144 item self-report questionnaire that measures twenty different concentration skills, personal and interpersonal attributes. Those specific concentration skills and personality characteristics can be thought of as the building blocks upon which more complex human behaviors depend.

Concentration skills, and the ability to shift both the width and direction (internal vs. external) are critical determinants of success or failure in virtually any performance situation. You cannot cross the street safely, without paying attention to performance relevant cues. You cannot communicate with another individual effectively without paying attention to the right cues. You cannot problem solve, without shifting attention and focusing on task relevant cues. You cannot get out of the starting blocks in the Olympics in time to win the race, without paying attention to the right cues.

The ability to shift attention, to pay attention to the right cues is affected by two things:

  1. The strength of a particular focus of concentration. For example some people find it easier to attend to internal cues than they do to external ones. Some individuals find it easier to narrow concentration than they do to broaden their focus.
  2. Changes in emotional arousal have a direct effect on the ability to shift ones focus of attention.

Scores on the TAIS attentional scales allow you to identify an individual's concentration strengths and relative weaknesses. Scores on TAIS personal and interpersonal scales allow you to anticipate the types of performance situations which are likely to interfere with a persons ability to control their level of emotional arousal. These two pieces of information, combined with an understanding of the concentration skills and interpersonal characteristics required by any specific performance situation will allow you to anticipate how a person will perform under pressure, and help you determine the specific steps that will be most helpful in overcoming any identified problem.

Enhanced Performance Systems
1 TAIS is a trademark of Enhanced Performance Systems, Inc.  www.taisdata.com

How Does Sports Vision Training Apply To Your Sport?

For more information on how Sports Vision Training applies to your sport click on the button for your sport below:

Baseball
Basketball
Football
Hockey
Soccer
Tennis
Other Sports



Visual Skills Glossary

Speed and Span of Recognition

How much information a player is able to take in at once and how quickly he is able to interpret it. An increase in an athlete's speed in recognizing a visual stimulus results in a physical response that is much quicker and more accurate.

Eye-Hand Coordination

The eyes lead the body, not the other way around. The visual system leads the motor system. Our hands or feet or body respond to the information the eyes have sent to the brain. If this information is incorrect, even to the slightest degree, there is a good chance that we will make a mistake in our physical response. Almost every sport error, or poorly executed play, can be attributed to faulty visual judgement, and it is visual judgement alone that determines eye-hand coordination.

Peripheral Awareness

This must not be confused with peripheral vision, which cannot be changed. Peripheral vision is dictated by the skeletal structure and the shape of the retina, so what you're born with is what you've got and barring injury or disease, it's what you will die with. Peripheral awareness, on the other hand, can be greatly enhanced by using retinal stimulation. Well developed peripheral awareness helps the athlete to see everything at once, to maintain the whole pattern or the flow of the play, even as they move within it.

Anticipation Timing

The ability to accurately perceive or anticipate what is about to happen, and when. Visual skills training improves your ability to selectively detect important advance physical cues. However, since timing is the key to effective performance, it's important not to over anticipate and commit yourself too soon. Most efforts fail not because the physical movements were wrong, but because they were made at the wrong time. The ability to anticipate is a major factor in high level competitive activities, and even superior speed, size and reflexes cannot compensate for the insufficient processing of the visual information regarding when to perform.

Visual Reaction Time

The amount of time required to process the visual information and initiate a physical reaction/response.

Concentration

The ability to maintain a high level of focus on a key target or objective, in spite of distractions, while also maintaining total awareness of what is happening around you.

Focusing and Tracking

Focusing flexibility and tracking are two separate skills, but inseparable as they must work together to achieve good, clear vision; for example, keeping your eyes on the ball. This requires both the ability to change focus instantaneously as objects move closer to or further away from you (accommodation), as well as the ability to keep both eyes working in unison as they track rapidly moving objects (convergence/divergence). Studies have shown that if the athlete's head has to move to aid in eye tracking, his performance is not only less efficient, but balance is thrown off too.

Depth Perception

Both eyes working together to give us the ability to judge the distance, the speed and the revolution of objects in space. Poor eye teaming can cause your eyes to misjudge the precise distance of your target, which in turn will cause your brain to misjudge the correct distance. If you perceive the target closer, you will react too soon. If you perceive it farther, you will react too late.

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