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    If you are looking for an innovative way to improve athletic performance on the court or field, vision training may be the answer. SportsVision: Training for Better Performance introduces a dynamic program to teach athletes to see the ball, the field, teammates, and opposition better, giving them the ability to perform better.

    The cutting-edge book provides coaches, athletes, sports medicine professionals, and parents with more than 50 sports vision training exercises and activities. Based on proven training techniques shown to deliver solid results, the exercises are sport specific and easy to use at home, on the field, or in the weight room. Perforated charts and forms are available for easy reference. Visual needs and training exercises are provided for 17 different sports.

    In the past, sports vision training has been done primarily in clinical settings. This is the only book of its kind that takes sports vision out of the lab and onto the field, sport by sport. It challenges you to reach the next level of performance.

    Included are instructions for creating your own training equipment so that you can implement vision training inexpensively, anywhere and anytime, using ordinary materials available at any discount store. SportsVision: Training for Better Performance contains the following features:

    • Detailed visual exercises and more than 40 photos

    • Numerous eye charts and activity plots that enable you to test vision and

    • Step-by-step exercises that make designing your own training programs easy

    If you are a coach, athlete, athletic trainer, or parent, SportsVision: Training for Better Performance can improve athletic performance, no matter what sport you’re involved in.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: What Is SportsVision?

    Static Versus Dynamic Visual Acuity

    Basic Anatomy and Physiology of the Eye

    Visual Motor Skills

    Visual Perceptual Skills

    Eye–Hand and Eye–Foot Coordination

    Peripheral Awareness

    Body Alarm Reaction and SportsVision

    Sports Vision Testing and Evaluation

    Who Benefits From SportsVision Training?

    Chapter 2: Basics of SportsVision

    Sports Vision Laboratory

    SportsVision Applications

    Static Versus Dynamic SportsVision Training

    Relationship Between Balance and Vision

    Chapter 3: Designing a SportsVision Program

    Setting Up the Program

    Pre- and Posttraining SportsVision Evaluation

    SportsVision Equipment

    Chapter 4:SportsVision Training Exercises


    Focusing Exercises

    Tracking Exercises

    Vergence Exercises

    Sequencing Exercises

    Eye–Hand and Eye–Foot Coordination Exercises

    Visualization Exercises

    Directionality Exercises

    Chapter 5: Sport-Specific SportsVision Training Exercises

    SportsVision Training Progression: 30 Days to Better Sports Vision

    Baseball and Softball






    Downhill Skiing

    Figure Skating






    Racket Sports




    About the Author

    Thomas A. Wilson, OD, FCOVD, is an optometrist in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, he has successfully completed an extensive postgraduate curriculum and is certified with a specialty in binocular vision. He has served as a SportsVision consultant with the United States Air Force Academy, USA Shooting, and the University of Colorado ski team.

    Dr. Wilson is a member of the Sports Vision section of the American Optometric Association and a former board member and exam board member for the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He earned a FCOVD in binocular vision in 1991. In 1987, he was named Outstanding Clinician by Pacific University.

    Jeff Falkel, PhD, PT, CSCS, *D, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, exercise specialist, and sports medicine professional. Currently he serves as a physical therapist and exercise physiologist with VDP Enterprises in Littleton, Colorado. He has been a SportsVision consultant for youth, high school, college, and professional athletes.

    Dr. Falkel earned a PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an ACSM-certified exercise specialist. He was awarded the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS, *D) credential by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


    "Firmly grounded in theory, this book provides a stellar analysis of the influential role of perceived self-efficacy in athletic development and functioning.  It is uniquely broad in scope, offering a masterful overview of the foundation, research, and application of self-efficacy theory in the field of athletics.  Because of the scope and depth of coverage, this book is an invaluable resource for theorists and practitioners alike seeking an understanding of how beliefs of personal and collective efficacy contribute to the quality of athletic life.  But it is about more than sports.  The insights it provides can also serve one well in other life pursuits.  This is a truly outstanding book that has the makings of a classic in the field of athletics."

    -Albert Bandura

    "The benefits of this book reach well beyond just sports. The techniques are easy to learn and represent tools you will use throughout your career..."

    -Doody’s Review Service