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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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Article Summary: Enhancing Visual Performance Through Nutrition

Graham Erickson 2015There has been a heightened focus recently on the role of nutrition for eye health. While nutrition’s role in the aging eye is widely recognized, questions remain around what effect specific nutrients may have on younger, healthy eyes.Dr. Graham Erickson, optometrist and professor at Pacific University College of Optometry, summarized the research findings in a recent article published in the July/August issue of Advanced Ocular Care (AOC) magazine. Continue reading Article Summary: Enhancing Visual Performance Through Nutrition

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EyePromise Announces Partnership with Neil Walker

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2014 Silver Slugger Utilizes the EyePromise brand of Eye Vitamins to Gain a Competitive Edge on the Field

ST. LOUIS (July 15th , 2015) – EyePromise, the leading brand of NSF Certified nutritional products for eye health, gives athletes a competitive edge by maximizing on-field performance through better vision and reaction time.

“I was introduced to EyePromise prior to the 2014 season by our team eye doctor,” said Neil Walker.  “Vision is such an important part of the game.

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Shooting Star: AJ Dupre Adds Eye Vitamin to His Winning Regimen

Perhaps no sport demands superior vision and reflexes quite like skeet and trap shooting.  These athletes are required to shoot four inch discs travelling at speeds of more than 70 miles-per-hour.  To add to the challenge, targets are in random order, so their flights can’t be anticipated.

“Being able to see targets quickly and clearly is paramount to success in our game,” said Alexander “AJ” Dupre.

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Athletes with Eye Injuries: When to leave the game; when to stay

iStock_000005186463MediumItchyEyeAthletes are no strangers to injuries; many believe it comes with the job or hobby. But, it’s always good to know the difference between a minor eye injury and a major one, and if a minor injury could take a turn for the worse.

Below are three quick tips for you athletes with eye injuries to help discern whether a minor bump to the eye is worth leaving the game to be looked at by a professional.

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U.S. Trap Shooter’s Path to Olympic Gold

Alexander_Dupre_-_2015_Head_Shot_PhotoPerhaps no sport demands superior vision and reflexes quite like skeet and trap shooting.  These athletes are required to shoot four inch discs travelling at speeds of over seventy miles-per-hour.  To make it even more challenging, targets are in random order, so the target’s flight can’t be anticipated. One miss is often the difference between first and second place.

“Being able to see targets quickly and clearly is paramount to success in our game,” said Alexander “AJ” Dupre.  AJ is considered by many as one of the brightest rising stars in American shooting sports.  At the age of twenty three, AJ has already experienced international shooting success on some of the biggest stages.

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