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Optimizing Visual Performance for Sport – Part 2

Dr. Graham Erickson, a known name in the sports-vision industry, shares the different techniques to sports vision training.

In the last post, Dr. Graham Erickson talked about assessing visual performance and processing and the different ways of doing so. Now, he’ll get into the ways to help athletes enhance their vision and visual processing to better their competitive advantage.

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Optimizing Visual Performance for Sport – Part 1

Dr. Graham Erickson is a well-known name in the sports vision world and has participated in several sports vision-related studies.

The role of visual performance factors in sports has received a fair amount of attention over the years, but many athletes still have limited access to evaluation and enhancement approaches. In this series, Graham Erickson, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, discusses ways to assess vision and visual processing, how to train for improved sports vision, and the impact nutrition can have on this skill.

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The Health Risks of Esports

The response of many people who hear about gaming as a competitive sport is a scoff, a chuckle, or downright disbelief, but esports is a serious gig. The industry itself earned more than $1 billion in 2019, and there are 80 US colleges with varsity esports teams with 22 offering scholarships. These teams can practice anywhere from 3 to 10 hours a day, which is a long time to do any activity. While there seem to be no immediate physical concerns that go along with other athletics like concussions or broken bones, there are several health risks that need to be considered and monitored for those who are into gaming at any level. Continue reading The Health Risks of Esports

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Andres Gimenez Wins the Arizona Fall League Batting Title

EyePromise® had the honor of presenting New York Mets prospect Andres Gimenez with the annual Batting Title on Saturday, October 26th, during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game. EyePromise has been a proud sponsor of Major League Baseball’s Arizona Fall League since 2013. Continue reading Andres Gimenez Wins the Arizona Fall League Batting Title

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Arizona Fall League Update

EyePromise has been involved in sports for the last 10 years, and many athletes have benefited from it.

Our founder, Dennis Gierhart, PhD, knew that zeaxanthin was an important ingredient for eye and brain health, but he had no idea the impact it could have on performance. Through clinical trials, he and his colleges proved that EyePromise nutraceuticals improve not only visual function like light sensitivity and glare recovery, but reaction time and processing speeds, too. Because of this, Dr. Gierhart decided to get involved in sports and partner with Major League Baseball’s Arizona Fall League. Continue reading Arizona Fall League Update

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The Connection Between How Well You See and How Well You Play

In a game like baseball, carrots won’t do the trick to improve vision. Graham Erickson, OD, explains the visual challenges each player experiences and how to overcome them at the Arizona Fall League 2017.

 

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Researchers share insight on how to improve reaction time and processing speed.

shutterstock_145753355-150x150[1]Emerging research out of the University of Georgia reveals that nutrition plays a significant role in our ability to process information and react.  Medical professionals and sports dietitians see a broad range of implications.

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Can Nutraceutical Support of Visual Function Help Protect the Brain from Concussion?

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By Dr. Dorothy Hitchmoth

In the recent movie Concussion, actor Will Smith, playing the now infamous doctor Bennet Omalu, says, “repetitive head trauma chokes the brain”.   I know this is true.  My 20 years as a VA eye doctor is a privilege that bears the reality of the effects of repeat brain trauma as well as the perseverance embedded in the souls of our nation’s finest men and women.  My perspective on treating these patients is hardly mired given my proverbial view to the brain. Continue reading Can Nutraceutical Support of Visual Function Help Protect the Brain from Concussion?

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The University of Virginia’s Nutritional Approach to Championship Tennis Performance

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The University of Virginia men’s tennis program has seen an unprecedented level of success over the last several years.  Having claimed two of the past three NCAA men’s tennis titles, the University goes above and beyond to ensure that each tennis player is in position to succeed.  And while a lot of their success can be attributed to the hard work put in on the courts, a big part of their success should be credited to what they are doing off the courts to improve tennis performance.

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3 Functional Ingredients That Can Help Spring Sport Athletes Keep Their “Quicks”

By: Dave Ellis, RD, CSCS

Dave Ellis RD, CSCSSpring sports are a diverse group in the world of NCAA Sports.  From the long, methodical day of a golf, baseball or softball athlete, to the explosive nature of a track sprinter, to the metabolic burn of a crew athlete to the exhaustive nature of a water polo athlete.  The diversity of fueling tactics is significant but all share a few things in common.

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