Neurocognitive Sports Vision Training
In addition to providing Mental Game Training services for athletes, we are excited to offer state-of-the-art Sports Performance Vision Training programs.
The Athlete’s Mental Trainer has partnered with leading technology companies Senaptec LLC and Reflexion, to launch our latest product offering Athlete EYE Q®. A state-of-the-art sports visualization platform used to assess, train and enhance athletic performance by strengthening visual and neurocognitive brain connections.
Athlete EYE Q is neurocognitive sports vision training for achieving athletic potential by sharpening the visual system and cognitive skills. The consistent application of performance vision training can optimize visual acuity, sharpen coordination, maximize reaction times, increase peripheral awareness, and expand depth perception.
The Athlete EYE Q sports performance program assesses and trains athletes in 10 critical visual skills required to perform at their best: clarity, contrast sensitivity, depth perception, near-far speed, perception span, multiple object tracking, reaction time, target capture, eye-hand coordination and go/no go acumen.
The technology behind Athlete EYE Q program originated in Nikes’ research and development under Senaptec co-founder Herb Yoo while he was director of innovation there. Senaptec’s CEO, Joe Bingold, was an eight-year U.S. Navy veteran who served as an officer for the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program. It is aslo used by the U.S Air Force, Army, Navy. It is used in the Medical field for the treatment of concussions, strokes, and multiple sclerosis.
What is Neurocognitive Sports Vision Training?
Sports Vision Training is about improving an athlete’s performance by training visual skills such as peripheral awareness, eye-hand coordination, speed and span of recognition.
Neurocognitive training is crucial developing the connection between an athlete’s brain and body, an area most athletic training programs neglect. We combine the use of state-of-the-art training and assessment tools to ensure that all aspects of an athlete’s neurocognitive needs are being trained specific to their sport. No matter the sport or the competition level our sports vision training can be utilized to improve those skills which can set you apart from the rest.
Key Visual Skills for Athletes
Dynamic Visual Acuity
Ability to see objects clearly while in motion
Ability to accurately and smoothly keep your eye on the ball
Ability to maintain clear vision as your eyes rapidly change focus
Ability to quickly and accurately evaluate the distance between yourself, the ball, teammates, opponents, boundary lines, and other critical targets
Ability to judge subtle differences in contrast and detect a target in various lighting conditions
Ability to keep your eye on the ball while simultaneously being aware of the other players and the court and field around you
Visual Reaction Time
The time necessary for your eyes to see and react to visual information
The ability to accurately and efficiently coordinate the eyes, hands, feet, and body when reacting to visual information
A study by a team of psychologists and published in February in Current Biology showed that baseball players at the University of California, Riverside, were able to improve by 30 percent their reading of eye charts — as well as their batting averages — after completing more than two dozen 25-minute vision training sessions using a computer program. Players who didn’t receive the training did not show similar improvement.
A study of the University of Cincinnati baseball team found marked improvement in the batting averages of players following six weeks of various kinds of vision training. The team batting average went up 34 points from the previous season, exceeding improvements of other N.C.A.A. teams. Errors decreased by 15 percent, while fielding assists increased 8 percent. (One author of the study was Johnny Bench, the Hall of Fame catcher.)
How Neurocognitive Sports Vision Training Works
The program isn’t about seeing. It’s about doing. At the Athletes Mental Trainer, our Athlete EYE Q sports vision training program sets out to improve speed and efficiency with which an athlete’s brain processes information and gets his or her body to respond.
Seeing, thinking and doing are highly trainable abilities. Neurocognitive training is really about how the brain processes information. It starts with what the athlete is able to see and how clearly they can see it. Then, how quickly the athlete is able to make a decision based on what is seen. The third phase is getting the body to react, whether it’s a wide receiver catching the football or a quarterback throwing a pass precisely where he needs to target it.
Athletes go through one or two sessions per week. Each session ranges from 30 – 45 minutes. During the training, athletes complete a series of drills that challenge their eyesight as well as their brains and their bodies’ ability to react. As they do, our high-tech equipment developed by Nike and used by professional athletes and team, tracks their performance, allowing us to monitor their progress.
Athletes can expect to see an improvement in reaction time and overall visual performance within a few sessions.
Considering that the outcome of a play—or even an entire game—can come down to a fraction of a second, you can imagine the impact of shaving off this much time. If you’re a receiver adjusting to a pass, or a defensive back trying to intercept it, that speed can determine who comes up with the ball.
Although a player’s field vision and cognition are tough traits to quantify, athletes say their training has translated to improved real-world results.
Athletes tell us that their confidence and focus on the field have improved quite a bit. They see things out of their peripheral vision that they couldn’t recognize before. Even just walking around campus, they are more in tune with their environment because their visual and cognitive systems are functioning so well. Some athletes have even noticed that their reading speed and comprehension have increased.
Superior visual skills can propel good athletes to higher levels of performance, which is the reason why more and more professional athletes incorporate sports vision training into their training regimens.
How good are your senses? We assess the visual eye-hand coordination and sensorimotor skills most important to achieving peak athletic performance using science-based methods. Athletes are assessed through a comprehensive visual sensory performance evaluation, including goal setting, and sport-specific testing.
How do your senses compare to others? Our sports vision assessment will show you. Using state-of-the-art analytics, an athlete's performance results will reveal strengths, opportunities for improvement, as well as comparison to sport position, and skill level of other competitive athletes around the world.
How do you get better? Our sports vision programs will help you to improve! A comprehensive, personalized sports vision training plan is designed based on the assessment and analysis to train athletes to maximize their visual performance. We help our athletes achieve their peak competitive level and gain a competitive edge.