My oldest daughter was a swimmer growing up. This meant hours and hours in the pool and her season was year round. (I’m still in awe on how swimmers warm up before meets….the coach yell’s “jump in and do a 1500……that alone would kill me!!.....I can just picture myself spent on the pool deck saying to the coach…..”whaddya mean I got to race later today?!” ) Part of my daughter’s training also involved dry land workouts. This would require them to be out of the pool and basically lifting weights (similar to what I did--back in the day-- as a football player).
Vision training is very similar to athletes training their body. These workouts isolate different areas of the visual system to improve how athlete’s eyes move to take in information, focus on that information and process what they see more proficiently. There are two ways to exercise the visual system: free space exercises and fixed spaced exercises.
In my book, See To Play, I provide athletes two chapters of free spaced exercises. These exercises are called free space because they are out in the real world and allow the athletes body to be involved in the training process. I prefer this method of training because athletes bodies are constantly in motion and free spaced exercises help mimic this fact. The problem with free spaced exercises is that they are harder to document for improvement other than improvement in overall performance.
Fixed space exercises are different in that athletes have to sit in one space (a machine or a computer) to perform the exercises. The advantage of fixed spaced exercises is that most are equipped to measure results. Athletes can have their initial starting measurements and can compare results as they train to track their improvements.
I’ve recently started using “The Vizual Edge” as my preferred fixed spaced eye exercise system (you can find their website at www.vizualedge.com). I like this program because
Vision training for athletes is really taking off because it works! Big players are becoming involved and you were here at See To Play to learn about it firsthand. Find someone to work your eyes out! Also, using methods that combine free spaced and fixed spaced exercises will insure that you are giving your visual system the best chance for peak performance enabling you to reach your genetic potential.
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