Sportsvision: Training for Better Performance

Sportsvision: Training for Better Performance

by Thomas Wilson, Jeff Falkel
     
 

If you are looking for an innovative way to improve athletic performance on the court or field, vision training may be the answer. SportsVision: Training for Better Performance introduces a dynamic program to teach athletes to see the ball, the field, teammates, and opposition better, giving them the ability to perform better.

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Overview

If you are looking for an innovative way to improve athletic performance on the court or field, vision training may be the answer. SportsVision: Training for Better Performance introduces a dynamic program to teach athletes to see the ball, the field, teammates, and opposition better, giving them the ability to perform better.

The cutting-edge book provides coaches, athletes, sports medicine professionals, and parents with more than 50 sports vision training exercises and activities. Based on proven training techniques shown to deliver solid results, the exercises are sport specific and easy to use at home, on the field, or in the weight room. Perforated charts and forms are available for easy reference. Visual needs and training exercises are provided for 17 different sports.

In the past, sports vision training has been done primarily in clinical settings. This is the only book of its kind that takes sports vision out of the lab and onto the field, sport by sport. It challenges you to reach the next level of performance.

Included are instructions for creating your own training equipment so that you can implement vision training inexpensively, anywhere and anytime, using ordinary materials available at any discount store. SportsVision: Training for Better Performance contains the following features:

-Detailed visual exercises and more than 40 photos

-Numerous eye charts and activity plots that enable you to test vision and

-Step-by-step exercises that make designing your own training programs easyIf you are a coach, athlete, athletic trainer, or parent, SportsVision: Training for Better Performance can improve athletic performance, no matter what sport you're involved in.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Brian Marshall, O.D.(Marshall Eye Care)
Description: This book describes vision training exercises and activities designed to improve an athlete's performance in a variety of sports.
Purpose: According to the authors, this book was written to provide proven vision training techniques that are sport specific and can be done in the home, on the field or in the weight room. Improving a person's visual perception skills can have dramatic affects on athletic performance; therefore this book fits a valuable niche in vision care. In addition, there are not many books currently available that address this topic.
Audience: This book is written especially for coaches, athletes, sports vision providers, or anyone looking to improve their abilities in a particular sport. The authors bring a perfect mixture to this book with their diverse backgrounds in their respective fields of optometry and physical therapy.
Features: The book begins with background information on the basics of vision and how vision training can improve performance. The core of the book is devoted to the various exercises and how they are incorporated into enhancing specific sports activities. Each exercise includes a written explanation of its purpose and includes all the materials needed. Each is described in a step-by-step format, many accompanied by black-and-white photographs. Then the exercises are incorporated and modified for improving performance in specific sports areas. This includes descriptions and explanations of the visual demands of each sport. The various figures and charts necessary are included at the end of the book.
Assessment: Becoming competitive in virtually any sport today requires excellent visual perceptional skills. This book describes in detail how to set up comprehensive and customized sport-specific training programs to improve the visual aspect of sports performance. The exercises described are simple to set up and execute for almost anyone. The format makes for a very organized presentation of the information and enhances comprehension and implementation. You don't have to be a Tiger Woods or Lindsay Davenport to appreciate this book either; even our patients who are weekend warriors will thank us for helping them improve their favorite sports activity.
3 Stars from Doody

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736045698
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
02/24/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
8.46(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Thomas A. Wilson, OD, FCOVD, is an optometrist in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, he has successfully completed an extensive postgraduate curriculum and is certified with a specialty in binocular vision. He has served as a SportsVision consultant with the United States Air Force Academy, USA Shooting, and the University of Colorado ski team.

Dr. Wilson is a member of the Sports Vision section of the American Optometric Association and a former board member and exam board member for the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He earned a FCOVD in binocular vision in 1991. In 1987, he was named Outstanding Clinician by Pacific University.

Jeff Falkel, PhD, PT, CSCS, *D, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, exercise specialist, and sports medicine professional. Currently he serves as a physical therapist and exercise physiologist with VDP Enterprises in Littleton, Colorado. He has been a SportsVision consultant for youth, high school, college, and professional athletes.

Dr. Falkel earned a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an ACSM-certified exercise specialist. He was awarded the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS, *D) credential by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

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