Introducing a New Sports Vision Therapy Program
Northampton Vision Specialists is pleased to announce the launch of our new Sports Vision Therapy Program!
Sports Vision is an exciting, up and coming field that has proven beneficial in improving the athletic performance of everyone from professional athletes to recreational teams to individuals who simply want to improve upon their hobby. In fact, many professional sports teams provide sports vision therapy to their players, as they consider it just as important as weight or speed training. After all, vision is the primary sense that guides our motor response: your eyes need to work together as a team – both to keep an image in focus and to track a ball, puck or teammate during the game.
Through Sports Vision Therapy, you’ll work to improve your visual efficiency, allowing you to more easily and automatically gather, process and use visual information. If you’re an athlete, this can lead to improved consistency, endurance and performance in your particular sport.
As an example, let’s look at how sports vision therapy can improve the game of a soccer player:
- Better depth perception for judging distances and angles to the goal for shooting
- Improved peripheral awareness and spatial perception of their teammates and opponents on the field
- The ability to change focus more easily between the ball and the goal across the field
- Greater ability to judge spin and trajectory of an air ball as it approaches
The process of Sports Vision Therapy starts with a Sports Vision Assessment by one of our doctors. The therapy itself consists of weekly office sessions using new and innovative technologies, devices and procedures – including the new virtual visual batting cage that is shown here.
Sports Vision is just one of the ways we’re expanding our comprehensive functional and behavioral optometric care at Northampton Vision Specialists. To read more about the growing importance of this therapy, please read this New York Times article from May 2014.