Many pro sports teams use Vizual Edge as a part of their player development programs. Greg Riddoch was the Manager of the San Diego Padres and worked in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Take a look at what Greg has to say about Vizual Edge.
"Hi, I am Greg Riddoch.
Being a proactive thinker and teacher, I always knew vision was an important component of performance in the classroom and on field. While instructing my baseball and softball student athletes I did not know how to address this component of the game until I found Vizual Edge.
In the past, when I was the Manager of the San Diego Padres this technology was not available. Vizual Edge would have been an essential tool as part of our complete training program.
While I was with the Milwaukee Brewers, the team incorporated Vizual Edge as part of the player development and scouting programs. It definitely gave us a competitive edge over our competition.
I use the Vizual Edge software to illustrate visual strengths and weakness to parents and athletes as part of my hitting instruction. You can spend hundreds of dollars on equipment but unless you can see the ball and react to it properly, that bat or glove is not going to help you perform better."
Sports Vision Performance Testimonials
Chase Headley, New York Yankees
I'm Chase Headley, third basemen of the New York Yankees. One of the most important, yet over looked aspects in baseball is vision. I was introduced to the Vizual Edge program while attending the University of TN over six years ago. I was surprised to learn that although i I have better than 20/20 vision there are other important aspects of sight that I needed to and could ultimately improve on.
Vizual Edge is a one of a kind program that focuses on tracking, sight recognition, quick decision making and other important visual skills vital to success in baseball and other sports. I highly recommend the program to players of all ability levels that are looking to take their game to the next level.
third basemen of the New York Yankees
Adam Rosales, San Diego Padres
Hello, my name is Adam Rosales and I play baseball for the San Diego Padres. I was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in 2005 and was introduced to the Vizual Edge Program by our player development department that summer in Billings Montana. Over the years I have continued incorporating these crucial eye exercises into my everyday routine.
These eye exercises not only strengthen muscles in my eyes, but more importantly they enhance my level of concentration,confidence, and improve my ability to focus; not only giving me the physical edge on my game but the mental edge as well.
Vizual Edge provides many variations of exercises which replicate real game situations, where you must make quick, accurate and correct decisions. They are very simple and interactive exercises which transfer into great results.
San Diego Padres
It has become a regular part of my training routine and I believe it gives me a mental edge over the
My name is Vince India. I'm a professional golfer playing on the Latin American PGA tour and I've been using Vizual Edge for just under a year. Golf is such a visually oriented sport. Most of the game is centered around perception of your targets in space, yet visual improvement training is overlooked. Training with Vizual Edge has helped with my alignment of targets and my depth perception, especially around the greens. It has become a regular part of my training routine and I believe it gives me a mental edge over the competition.
To keep my eyes up to the speed of the game, I use the Vizual Edge Training Program.
I'm Chad Tracy of the Washington Nationals Baseball Team. I have used the Vizual Edge training program for several years now. As any professional player knows the most important aspect of being a successful hitter is seeing live pitching everyday. For the last few years the majority of my at-bats have come as a pinch hitter, so to keep my eyes up to the speed of the game I use the Vizual Edge Training Program. I feel that I see the ball much better when consistently using these training tools. I would recommend the Vizual Edge training program to any athlete who wants an extra edge in their game.
Third Baseman for the Washington Nationals
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
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.
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.
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?
Strong indication that Vizual Edge Scores correlate to superior performance, study says
The Relationship Between Visual Skills and Performance of Professional Baseball Players
by: Frank J, Spaniol, Ed.D., CSCS*D, FNSCA
Sport Science Research Laboratory, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi (11/20/2013)
The results of this study provides evidence that superior visual skills are indicative of superior batting performance in several statistical categories including BA, SO%, OBP, and OPS. Since visual skills appear to play a significant role in batting performance, coaches, trainers, and administrators should consider using programs such as VEPT to assess baseball players.
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.
Los atletas con habilidades visuales superiores se desempeñan mejor en el campo de juego.
Potencie su práctica con la incorporación de servicios para el rendimiento
by: Dr. Barry L. Seiller, MBA
Ocular Surgery News (1/21/2013)
Varias instalaciones en América Latina están incorporando la visión deportiva para ayudar a los atletas a mejorar el componente visual en su práctica.
Instalações na América Latina estão incorporando a visão desportiva para ajudar os atletas a melhora
melhore sua prática incorporando serviços para desempenho da visão
by: Dr. Barry L. Seiller, MBA
Ocular Surgery News (1/21/2013)
Instalações na América Latina estão incorporando a visão desportiva para ajudar os atletas a melhorar o componente visual dos seus jogos.
Bachman has been training his eyes for the last six seasons
Eye-Training with Dallas Stars' Goaltender Richard Bachman
by: Kevin Woodley
InGoal Magazine (4/2/2012)
"I think it's so important. Everyone does dynamic warm ups and loosens up their muscles and for a golie it's huge to get your eyes going and involved in everything and focused and working on tracking," Bachman said. "I developed it into a routine I can rely on, so that come game day I already know exactly what I am going to do and it keeps it simple."
Els trying vision performance training at age 42
Els eyes putting gain with vision gurus
by: Mark Lamport-Stokes
The former world number one, who has slipped to 57th in the rankings after struggling for form for much of last year, says his putting has improved significantly since he began working with two vision specialists last week.
However, he is delighted he decided to consult with Dr Sherylle Calder, an eye specialist who helped the Springbok, All Black and England ruby union teams enhance their eye-hand co-ordination, concentration and other visual performance skills.
MLB Team use Vizual Edge for Player Development
Weight Training For Eyes
Baseball America (10/4/2010)
"The Vizual Edge program is just like a radar gun, just like a psychological background exam, just like any other tool," Greg Riddoch said. "It is·a tool that will help you get to the next level. I may have 15 more (valuable) prospects than other teams because we're using the program."
Is visual training the sports world's next big thing?
The Eyes Have It
by: Seth Stevenson
Slate inc. (9/29/2009)
Ted Williams always denied the myth that he could read the label on a spinning record, but his vision did test out at a razor-sharp 20/10 when he took his Navy physical.
Learn how big league hitters fine tune their skills
Russell Branyans breakout giving Mariners a boost
by: Tim Booth
USA Today (6/22/2009)
Branyan says the catalyst for his sudden jump in hitting production is eye exercises that he started a year ago when he was searching for a solution to some of his problems at the plate.
Des clubs de baseball utilisent des logiciels pour améliorer la vision de leurs athlètes.
L'entrainement visuel, l'avenir du sport?
by: Seth Stevenson
Slate France (6/10/2009)
Barry Seiller (l'ophtalmologiste qui a conçu le logiciel Vizual Edge en 2002) a réalisé des analyses et des tests d'acuité visuelle pour différentes équipes (les Houston Astros, les San Diego Padres, les Cincinnati Reds et autres Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers ainsi que les hockeyeurs des Chicago Blackhawks); il a fait de même pour quelques programmes de sport universitaires et pour plusieurs sportifs participant aux Jeux olympiques. (Les équipes de bobsleigh développent leur capacité de convergence afin de mieux évaluer les angles d'entrée et de sortie dans les courbes de vitesse des pistes.) «Les athlètes de haut niveau jouissent d'une acuité visuelle développée», si l'on en croit Seiller. Selon lui, rien qu'en analysant les résultats obtenus par des joueurs de la Minor League sur le Vizual Edge, il a souvent pu deviner lesquels auraient les meilleurs moyennes à la batte.
Learn the secrets of a wide receiver
The NFL`s Most Exciting Receiver
by: REED ALBERGOTTI
Wall Street Journal (1/19/2009)
As the Cardinals prepare to face Philadelphia in Sunday's NFC championship game, Mr. Fitzgerald's acrobatics are the talk of the NFL. They have also stirred up a mystery: in photographs, Mr. Fitzgerald can often be seen doing something almost unfathomable: making catches with his eyes closed. "I don't understand it myself," he says.
Eye training helps NHL Goalie seek Stanley Cup
by: ALLAN MAKI
Globe and Mail Newspaper (3/6/2006)
Edmonton's usually bland Roli the Goalie has been dazzling throughout the playoffs But what he is cannot be undervalued or underappreciated, because Albert Dwayne Roloson is the consummate professional. He will do almost anything to improve his game, anything from stretching to lifting weights to positive imagery to eye exercises. Yes, eye exercises.
U. S. Luge Team Selects the Vizual Edge Performance Trainer to Give Athletes Competitive Edge
U.S. Luge Team Exercises Their Eyes
by: United States Luge Association
In 2002, the Vizual Edge Performance Trainer helped US sliding sports quadruple their medal count!
Optometrist Bill Harrison shows Nationals trainer Tim Abraham an eye muscle test he gives to players
Optometrist helps hitters keep eye on ball
by: Scott Brown
Florida Today (3/16/2005)
What does this have to do with hitting a baseball, perhaps the hardest thing to do in all of sports? Everything, if you ask Washington Nationals interim general manager Jim Bowden.
"A baseball's coming in at 95 miles an hour and changing planes. Sometimes it's coming in at 76 miles as a curveball. Sometimes it's an 84-mile-per-hour slider," Bowden said. "All the different speeds, all the different locations, all the different rotations means your eyes have to be phenomenal so you can identify what the pitch is, where the pitch is going to be and whether to swing or not to swing."
Improving your athletic performance by sitting in front of a computer?
Sports teams using optical program to boost 'visual fitness'
by: Stanley Miller
Milwaukee Journal Sentinal (2/3/2003)
"This is essentially a non-traditional method of performance enhancement," he said. "It takes an educational process to make people
The Future of Baseball Lies within Sight
The Importance of Vision Training for Pitchers
by: John Pinkman
So, where does the future of baseball performance lie? Will it be in a greater trampoline effect off the bat or in more supple leather for the glove? Will new shoes create more speed? Will we train our bodies more efficiently without introducing artificial stimulants and steroids? Or will baseball travel into the future with greater human skills? Will we manage the mental and emotional stress of the game and travel? Will we tune peak performance through natural sports nutrition? Are we professional enough to see a healthy future and preserve the integrity of the game? How quickly will we “see” the obvious benefits of visual training?