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Vision Performance Training for Colleges and Universities


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The Vizual Edge Performance Trainer is a very effective and very efficient way for college athletes and teams to boost performance. Click on any of the schools here to see what coaches think of Vizual Edge.

Sports Vision Performance Testimonials

Willis Wilson, Head Mens Basketball Coach<br />Texas A&M Univ. Corpus Christi

Willis Wilson
Head Mens Basketball Coach
Texas A&M Univ. Corpus Christi

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Vizual Edge has been a valuable tool for Islanders Basketball. Every member of our team has said how much it’s helped them in every area of their visual game. From picking up targets to depth perception to peripheral vision – our guys got better in all those areas. They also commented about how much it helped them off the court with their academics as well. I’m confident that using Vizual Edge made us a better basketball team last year, and we are excited to continue use it for the coming year.

Willis Wilson
Head Mens Basketball Coach
Texas A&M Univ. Corpus Christi


Vanderbilt University

John Sisk, Head Strength & Conditioning Coach<br>Vanderbilt University

John Sisk
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Vanderbilt University

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Hi, I'm John Sisk the Head Strength & Conditioning Coach with Vanderbilt University.

Vizual Edge is very cutting-edge training equipment and we utilize it. I really believe in it and look forward to testing our athletes and to the results in the upcoming months and years.

John Sisk
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Vanderbilt University


University of Denver

Dr. Brian Gearity, Assistant Strength <br>& Conditioning Coach <br>Ph.D., University of Denver

Dr. Brian Gearity
Assistant Strength
& Conditioning Coach
Ph.D., University of Denver

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This is Dr. Brian Gearity Assistant Professor at the University of Denver.

I want to tell you little bit about the Vizual Edge program. As a former intern strength and conditioning coach for the Cleveland Indians baseball company, we were one of the first professional baseball team is using the Vizual Edge program. At the time we had success using the program and since then the program is been improved considerably.

The Vizual Edge staff have done a fantastic job by continuously developing their visual skills training software program. It takes only about 2 sessions to really get a feel for the program and to show other people how to use it. You can change the program settings to make it easier or harder depending on the ability of the athlete.

From 2001 until 2009 when I was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Tennessee and head baseball strength coach, we were one of the first universities to extensively evaluate and use their program. I am happy to say that the positive feedback from the players and the increase in performance is a major factor for us to committing to using the program a large scale basis.

At UT, like any other other leading sport program, we were always looking at obtaining the winning edge with all our sports such as baseball softball, tennis, basketball and football. The Vizual Edge staff is great to work with and we've had them come to UT to conduct evaluations with our players. However, after using the program it doesn't take very long for coach or trainer to figure out how to evaluate their own athletes in about 12 to 15 minutes.

Also, I completed course work for a minor while in graduate school and one of the things I did was to test for difference in the teams that we evaluated at UT. Let's just say there was statistically significant difference among the 2 teams, and it couldn't happen by chance. What that means is that the Vizual Edge program is a valid and reliable way of conducting Visual Skills Assessment and Training.

Currently as an assistant professor at Southern Miss, we're preparing to conduct research using the Vizual Edge program to assess visual skills in collegiate baseball players and look at its relationship to other key performance variables such as hitting power.

I would recommend that anyone wanting to use the program just call the Vizual Edge staff. They truly care about what they do and helping student athletes. Visual skills, I think, can seem a bit mysterious because most of us don't read about them in traditional strength and conditioning or athletic training books. However, we always talk about hand-eye coordination, but sometimes we really don't know what that means or what that entails. The Vizual Edge program teaches you and trains the muscles that control the eyes to work more efficiently. Their motto is "Weight Training for the Eyes". We have to remember that eye muscles, like all other muscles, control human movement, that we can strengthen eye muscles to make them work more efficiently which will lead to improved performance.

Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss the program further. I'd be happy to talk about it in more detail. Thank you.

Dr. Brian Gearity
Assistant Strength
& Conditioning Coach
Ph.D., University of Denver


Lydia Clanton, Softball Athlete

Lydia Clanton
Softball Athlete

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I just wanted to write you with an update. When Lydia first tested with Vizual Edge in Dec. 2013, she scored quite low, 10th percentile. Tonight (Oct. 2014) she tested for the first time in 6 months, and tonight’s score put her in the 99th percentile! She hit her first over-the-fence homerun this past summer….after years of struggling with her hitting. She is now very consistent with quality at-bats. Her fielding (infield) has always been above average, but this summer she really took it to the next level and her quickness and charging the ball has definitely improved. She does seem to have had an improvement in the classroom too! We are so excited, and I firmly believe Vizual Edge has helped take her abilities to the next level. She is now being recruited by some of the top Divison 1 softball teams/schools! Thanks so much for helping us get started last December! And for the skeptical parents (like myself), it is legitimate and it works! Don’t delay. This can help your daughter play to the top of her abilities! ~ Pam Clanton, Mother

Lydia Clanton
Softball Athlete


Sports Vision Articles

Vitamins, 3D glasses and strobes are tools athletes are using to see better but does it really work?

Baseball’s New 'Secret Weapon': High-Tech Vision Training

by: Joe Lemire
(5/9/2016)

Through the 3-D glasses, the red triangle and blue square just won’t line up. Even when the shapes appear to overlap, the vision training program assures me they did not.  One eye perceives the triangle and the other perceives the square and, despite my best efforts with the keyboard arrows, I can’t find their concentric meeting point.

My visual alignment is deemed “fair,” but the descriptive text sounds clinically severe. My score “represents a moderate binocular eye muscle imbalance. The aiming of the eyes is inaccurate.” Basically, my eyes are misaligned after the target, which will result in perpetually late swings.

The evaluation of my eyes’ convergence—the ability to focus on objects in the foreground—is much worse. The test involves staring at a magic-eye stereogram, which I have never been able to do and can’t do now. The program tells me my eyes’ convergence is “extremely limited.”

There’s no putting rose- (and cyan-) colored glasses on this result: my overall vision score put me in the 5th percentile. I will never be a major league hitter.

“We didn’t change his eyesight,” Puchalski said. “We work on the quality of his visual information and how you see things and can react on field.”

That’s the first lesson to learn about sports vision. The realm of sight extends well beyond the lines below the E on an eye doctor’s wall.

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Teams across baseball are working with companies to introduce vision programs into their process

Seeing Is Believing

by: Stephanie Apstein
Sports Illustrated (4/13/2015)

A recent issue of Sports Illustrated contained an article about vision performance and baseball. It highlighted the visual training protocol of several players of the Washington Nationals who, along with numerous MLB teams, use the Vizual Edge Program for assessment of player potential and improving visual processing, tracking and pitch recognition.

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Research has been scant on correlation between officiating and visual performance; new study shows

Why standardized vision testing, training crucial for sports officials

by: Barry L. Seiller, MD, MBA
Ophthalmology Times (4/15/2014)

Most calls by officials require correct quality of visual information. A critical call might be the difference between winning and losing for a team. Other visually based studies performed on athletes—including tennis, volleyball, and baseball—have shown that superior athletes possess superior skills. Research has shown that these visual skills, besides eyesight, can be measured and trained.

Officials have similar visual demands as athletes. Therefore, officials should have visual skills comparable to athletes. An official needs not only to be physically fit but also visually fit.

There are many examples of officiating calls that require superb visual perception:

  • Both feet or one foot inbounds?
  • Ball on one side of the goalpost or through the center?
  • Spike hit the line?
  • A 130-mph serve in or out?
  • Player offside?
  • Baseball hit the yellow wall line or not?

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Facilities in Europe are incorporating sports vision to help athletes enhance the visual component

Vision performance services offer new area of expansion for ophthalmic practices

by: Dr. Barry L. Seiller, MBA
Ocular Surgery News (7/29/2013)

Athletes across the globe, whether professional, amateur or recreational, are embracing new technologies and training methods to boost their performance. But while they lift weights, train in wind tunnels, adhere to strict diets and spend countless hours perfecting techniques, they often overlook one crucial body component: their eyes.

Recent studies are definitive: Athletes with superior vision skills perform better on the playing field. Until recently, however, no quantitative, interactive programs existed in the world of vision training. A U.S.-based company, Vizual Edge, is working to revolutionize the vision training game. 

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Vizual Edge does meet visual demands for the sport of lacrosse.

Vision Training For Lacrosse Lacrosse Roads of America

by: Lacrosse Playground
lacrosseplayground.com (7/16/2012)

This past spring our Indiana University Men’s Lacrosse goalies underwent sports vision training, with the help of the Indiana University School of Optometry (IUSO). Sports vision training has been implemented for various professional sports teams, guided by an optometrist who has done a residency in binocular vision therapy. Currently, vision therapy is underutilized at the college and high school level. There are no specific programs that meet the visual demands for the sport of lacrosse. The visual requirements to be a top tier lacrosse goalie could be considered the most demanding in all of sports when you take into consideration shot speed, shot release points (overhand, ¾, sidearm, and low), and shot distance.

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Vizual Edge puts vision training in the crosshairs of diamond success

Seeing is believing

by: Don Cameron
Softball West (3/22/2012)

Joe Kinsella, head coach of Lake Forest College softball, said Vizual Edge’s recent shift to web-based technology allowed him to seamlessly incorporate the tool into his team’s train- ing program.

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Softball players participating in VEPT believed their visual skills improved, enhanced performance

PERCEPTIONS AND ATTITUDES OF COLLEGE SOFTBALL PLAYERS PARTICIPATING IN VEPT

by: Frank J. Spaniol, Professor, Sport Science
Unpublished survey (10/10/2011)

As a group, 79% believed that VEPT increased their ability to “focus”, 74% felt the visual practice improved their concentration, and 73% agreed the training augmented their ability to “see” the ball. In addition, 33% reported more consistency, 67% believed batting results increased, 66% felt their fielding improved, and 67% reported superior balance. Overall, the results of this survey indicate that a significant number of college softball players participating in VEPT believed their visual skills improved, which they felt translated into enhanced performance.

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Just like any other muscle in the body, extraocular muscles in the eye get stronger with training.

Eyes On The Prize

by: Dr. Michael Zupan & Al Wile
Training and Conditioning (3/21/2011)

How much can sports vision training improve an athlete's performance? This is by far the most common question we receive here in the Human Performance Laboratory at the United States Air Force Academy. Unfortunately, we cannot quantify exactly how much sports vision training will increase a baseball player's batting average, a basketball player's shooting percentage, or a goalie's save percentage.

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The Vizual Edge Performance Trainer, which can help athletes improve their visual skills, is bec

Vizual Edge seen as 'weight training for the eyes'

by: Brendan Murphy
ESPN.com (8/11/2006)

Just like weight training visual skills can be measured, trained, practiced and perfected leading to better play.

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Vols use new visual aid training program

New training programs

by: Editorial writer
Sporting News (8/3/2006)

The Tennessee Volunteers have a weight room full of machines to work nearly every muscle in the body. Now they can include their eyes.

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Colleges Shifting to Vision Training to Enhance Athletic Performance

TECHNOLOGY

by: Technolgy writer
Channel 33 (6/27/2006)

"For athletes who want to reach the next level of play or just for the sake of overall performance, improving visual skills can be the deciArizona University Women's Softball coach Mike Candrea. "

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College Softball student-athletes find benefits from vision training

ATTITUDES AND PERCEPTIONS OF NCAA DIVISION I SOFTBALL PLAYERS PARTICIPATING

by: Spaniol, F.J., Seiller, B.L.,K. Puchalski
Unpublished survey (4/1/2005)

Athetes have found numerous benefits to vision performance training both on and off the field.

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Athletes learn how their visual skills impact their play on court

Visual Skills and Volleyball

by: Barry L. Seiller, MD
ACC website (10/29/2004)

Volleyball athletes learn that their visual system is a small but crucial component to their success on court

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