Sports vision

Dominik Kaiser Balance Med Bold Leipzig

 

Become Number One
Many talented athletes need the final strength to become number one instead of becoming number five or six. In critical minutes with a high physical pressure and a high stress factor, they lose concentration, control and focus and miss the target. This may very well be due to inadequate training of the binocular vision.

Vision and Sports

Sports like handball, football, tennis, badminton, golf, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey etc. are all very visually demanding. The players constantly need to change focus from near to distance and vice versa. This requires flexible adaptability, and that the eyes can hit the exact same point at the same time. The athletes must also be able to keep their balance, control weight transfer from right to left and have an excellent eye-hand/foot co-ordination.

The eyes must work perfectly together all the time to estimate distance and use the peripheral visual field to survey both fellow players and opponents. Furthermore, all visual and motor skills must function optimally both under challenging physical pressure and in stressful situations.

A well-trimmed vision is one of the ways to achieve better performances. If the eyes do not co-operate properly, it will e.g. affect the reaction speed, the ability to focus, the balance, the eye-hand co-ordination and the peripheral vision. All handicaps for a top-trained body about to perform the optimum.


Tests Af Visualiseringsevne
Symptoms of Binocular Vision Defects in Athletes

. Difficulties catching a ball
. Frequent misses
. Problems surveying the playing field
. Frontal headache
. Poor concentration
. Focusing problems
. Difficulties adjusting the vision from short distances to long distances and vice versa
. Great difference in how the eyes see
. Higher percentage of errors in stressful situations
. Blurred vision
. Double vision
. Watery eyes

Extensive experience within elite sports
Since 2001, TrainYourEyes has tested more than 1,400 elite athletes in Denmark, Norway and Germany. All data is treated with confidentiality and is stored collectively. Hence, TrainYourEyes has a large database to draw on and can compare the different athletes with each other and the different branches of sport. Coupled with the extensive experience from the statements of coaches and athletes from the presentation of results, TrainYourEyes is able to conclude with great precision, which types of discomfort, the individual binocular vision defects may cause within a specific branch of sport.



Approved by TEAM DANMARK
As of January 1, 2004, TrainYourEyes has become an integrated part of the elite training of TEAM DANMARK and is marketed within all elite sports in Denmark. During the last couple of years, TrainYourEyes has already had a good and rewarding co-operation with TEAM DANMARK as regards to testing and training the national teams within handball, golf, ice hockey, table tennis, archery, badminton, and with selected contestants of the Olympic Games within various disciplines. But now this co-operation will be extended to apply to all elite sports in Denmark.
THE HOME PAGE OF TEAM DANMARK: www.TeamDanmark.dk

Sports vision

Elite sport requires elite vision
Sports vision is the optimizing of the elite athlete's estimation of distance, reaction speed, ability to focus, eye/hand co-ordination, ability to visualize, adaptability, visual concentration, and split vision. Optimizing and perfectioning the co-ordination of the eyes to elite vision may have a substantial effect on the athletic performance, and vision training has therefore been recognized internationally.

In this connection, TEAM DANMARK has entered into an agreement with the Danish company TrainYourEyes, which has worked with and systemized knowledge about the binocular vision, balance, and co-ordination.

Elite vision is the goal and the TrainYourEyes test and the subsequent individual training is the way to optimize the sports performance. Optimizing the vision components with the TrainYourEyes concept is a thoroughly tested form of training based on training principles from USA. 


Examples of problems within different branches of sports:
Soccer 

  • trouble handling stressful situations, makes too many unnecessary mistakes
  • lack of precision when making a shot
  • finds it difficult to estimate distances
  • trouble maintaining the same level of playing performance from one match to the next or throughout the entire game
  • maintaining orientation in the field is difficult
  • problems staying concentrated, particularly in situations of high pressure
  • much too easily distracted
  • trouble overviewing the ball, team-mates and opponents all at the same time
  • not skilled enough to make a precise passing under due consideration to the speed and track of the team-mates
  • judges distances too short and reacts by arriving too early at the ball and making too soft passes or vice versa
  •  judges distances too far, and reacts by being too slow and shooting the ball too hard
  • trouble leaning sufficiently over the ball or shooting holes in the sky
  • lack of precision when heading the ball frontally/sideways
  • trouble making a precise tackling
  • problems with straightening out again following a tackling
  • problems getting the ball under control if there is only the sky as a background
  • finds it difficult to control a bouncing ball, where different angles have to assessed
  • problems with dribbling/playing tricks where one is required to do one thing with the arms and another with the feet/legs

Michael Falkesgaard Broendby IF Under Bogstavsbolden
Handball

  • trouble handling stressful situations, makes too many unnecessary mistakes
  • lack of precision when making a shot
  • finds it difficult to estimate distances
  • trouble maintaining the same level of playing performance from one match to the next or throughout the entire match
  • maintaining orientation in the field is difficult
  • problems staying concentrated, particularly in situations of high pressure
  • much too easily distracted
  • judges distances too short and reacts by arriving too early at the ball and making too soft'passes or vice versa
  • judges distances too far, and reacts by being too slow and shooting the ball too hard
  • trouble overviewing the ball, team-mates, and opponents at the same time
  • trouble staying balanced, e.g. when tackling/being tackled
  • has problems catching the ball at certain angles
  • not skilled enough to make a precise passing under due consideration to the speed and track of the team-mates
  • trouble making a precise tackling
  • problems with straightening out again, following a tackling
  • problems with dribbling/playing tricks where one has to do one thing with the arms and another with the feet/legs
  • trouble making correct positioning - always takes a step backwards when receiving passes
  • low score rate when throwing penalties

Haandbold Motilitetsest Af Lene Lund
Golf

  • trouble handling stressful situations, makes too many unnecessary mistakes
  • difficult to stay focused throughout the entire match
  • lack of precision when making a shot
  • finds it difficult to estimate distances
  • trouble maintaining the same level of playing performance from one match to the next or throughout the entire game
  • problems staying concentrated, particularly in situations of high pressure
  • much too easily distracted
  • finds it difficult to estimate the distance correctly when putting, consistently committing the same faults
  • trouble assessing the gradient of the golf course
  • depth perception is too poor
  • visualization is difficult - cannot imagine oneself making the perfect strike
  • not good at adapting the vision from near to distance or vice versa with speed and precision
  • concentrating on the ball, and where it is going at the same time, requires effort

FTP 4487
Ice hockey

  • trouble handling stressful situations, makes too many unnecessary mistakes
  • lack of precision when making a shot
  • has difficulty in estimating distances
  • trouble maintaining the same level of playing performance from one match to the next or throughout the entire game,trouble orientating oneself in the pitch
  • problems staying concentrated, particularly in situations of high pressure
  • much too easily distracted
  • trouble overviewing the ball, team-mates, and opponents at the same time
  • not skilled enough to make a precise passing under due consideration to the speed and track of the team-mates
  • trouble making a precise tackling
  • judges distances too short and reacts by arriving too early at the ball and making too soft passes or vice versa
  • judges distances too far, and reacts by being too slow and shooting the ball too hard
  • problems with straightening out again following a tackling
  • trouble making correct positioning - always takes a step backwards when receiving passes
  • low score rate when making penalties

Louise Og Nikolaj
Basketball

  • trouble handling stressful situations, makes too many unnecessary mistakes
  • lack of precision when making a shot
  • finds it difficult to estimate distances
  • trouble maintaining the same level of playing performance from one match to the next or throughout the entire game trouble orientating oneself on the pitch
  • maintaining orientation in the field is difficult
  • problems staying concentrated, particularly in situations of high pressure
  • much too easily distracted
  • the shot is always too short or too long in relation to the goal
  • judges distances too short and reacts by arriving too early at the ball and making too soft passes or vice versa
  • judges distances too far, and reacts by being too slow and shooting the ball too hard
  • trouble overviewing the ball, team-mates, and opponents at the same time
  • not skilled enough to make a precise passing under due consideration to the speed and track of the team-mates
  • trouble making a precise tackle
  • problems with straightening out again following a tackling
  • trouble making correct positioning - always takes a step backwards when receiving passes
  • low score rate when throwing penalties
  • has problems catching the ball at certain directions of the gaze
  • trouble dribbling around an opponent

Trainyoureyes Testing Af Oejenbevaegelser Fodboldspiller
Badminton/tennis/table tennis

  • trouble handling stressful situations, makes too many unnecessary mistakes
  • finds it difficult to estimate distances
  • trouble maintaining the same level of playing performance from one match to the next or throughout the entire game
  • trouble orientating oneself in the court
  • problems staying concentrated, particularly in situations of high pressure
  • much too easily distracted
  • does not get to the ball fast enough
  • does not hit the centre of the racket
  • trouble judging whether the ball was in or out
  • trouble judging the ball when playing at the net
  • the forehand is better than the backhand or vice versa
  • finds it difficult to judge the speed of the ball
  • finds it difficult to judge, where the ball will land
  • reacts much too slowly to the shot from the opponent
  • difficult to stay concentrated throughout long matches