Vision & Sport

Sports Vision Examination & Vision Training Exercises

At The Vision Performance Hub, we help athletes at any level and in any sport, amateur or professional, maximise their vision strengths - just like any other physical or mental strength needed to excel in sport.

Vision & Sport

Sports Vision Examination & Vision Training Exercises

At The Vision Performance Hub, we help athletes at any level and in any sport, amateur or professional, maximise their vision strengths - just like any other physical or mental strength needed to excel in sport.

Using a comprehensive set of results from a Sports Vision Examination, we’ll work with you to build on your strengths and minimise your weaknesses.

Vision in Sport

Most of us who participate in sport, even at a recreational level, let alone at a National or International level, pay attention to our training, equipment, coaching and even our nutrition.

But how many of us think about the importance of our vision?

Can you really compete seriously if your vision is not at its optimum level?

Vision is more than 20/20 vison, particularly in a dynamic sporting environment. The ability to track with the eyes, react quickly to visual information as well as accurately judge depth and speed and utilise spatial awareness is essential for sporting performance.

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Sports Vision Assessment

Our Sports Vision Assessments always start with a telephone consultation, which is free of charge. This assessment gives you an opportunity to discuss the visual problems you may be having, or to simply discuss how you hope we can help you.

This is vitally important as it allows our Assessment to be tailored to your needs and allows us to complete a ‘Sports Vision Task Analysis’.

Every sport is different; the visual skills required by a footballer are completely different to a snooker player, an archers visual requirements differ completely to a cricketer.

Our Sports Vision examination will take up to two and a half hours. We will look in detail at your present level of vision and whether or not you need spectacles, contact lenses, Ortho-K overnight lenses or even laser eye surgery.

Once this is complete, we look at your visual ‘hard wiring’, in other words your ability to control your eye muscles; to change focus from one place to another, to move your eyes to track moving objects and to make sure your eyes align together.

The ‘soft wiring’ assessment looks in detail at; your hand/eye coordination, your anticipation skills, your ability to detect contrast, your depth perception as well as the speed and accuracy of your decision making.

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State Of The Art Equipment

It is well known that ‘elite’ sportsmen and women have better anticipation skills and faster decision-making abilities than the rest of us.

For this soft wiring assessment, we use a Senaptec Station which we have imported from the USA.

As only one of two Optometric practices in the UK to have this state-of-the-art equipment, it provides us with a sensory performance report showing your visual strengths and weaknesses, as percentile rankings compared to others competing in your particular sport world-wide.

 

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State Of The Art Equipment

It is well known that ‘elite’ sportsmen and women have better anticipation skills and faster decision-making abilities than the rest of us.

For this soft wiring assessment, we use a Senaptec Station (LINK TO www.senaptec.com) which we have imported from the USA.

As only one of two Optometric practices in the UK to have this state-of-the-art equipment, it provides us with a sensory performance report showing your visual strengths and weaknesses, as percentile rankings compared to others competing in your particular sport world-wide.

 

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How We Use Your Results

So, we now have a comprehensive set of results about your vision but what do we do with them?

The answer – we build on your strengths and minimise your weaknesses.

We can do this with Vision Training exercises and using Senaptec Strobe spectacles, both of which can dramatically improve your visual efficiency and enhance your visual performance when competing.

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Mild Traumatic Brain Injury / Concussion

In many sports mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) / Concussion are an all too frequent occurrence.

In approximately 50% of these incidences there will be the presence of visual symptoms such as; blurred vision, double vision, difficulty with depth perception, problems refocusing at different distances as well as headaches and dizziness.

Always have a full medical and vision assessment if you experience a mild TBI/Concussion particularly if you have had more than one.

In many cases undergoing vision therapy will help to alleviate the symptoms more quickly and hopefully allow you to return to competition sooner.

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Case Study

Josh, 17, Student (Current Client)

Student and Footballer Josh has been undergoing Sports Vision assessments, using the state-of-the-art Senaptec Station at the Vision Performance Hub in Hexham, with results that surprised him.

Read our ongoing case study with Josh and how we’re helping him track his progress here at the VPH.

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Book a free telephone consultation to chat about how we may be able to help you fulfil your sporting potential…