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Which Comes First in Sports Vision Training: The Software or the Hardware Update? Utility of Electrophysiological Measures in Monitoring Specialized Visual Training in Youth Athletes

David Biberdorf, OD, FCOVD
Dmitri Poltavski, Ph.D

In this presentation we will discuss empirical evidence behind combining Sports-specific Vision training with established training techniques of Optometric Vision Therapy. We will use ice-hockey as the sport of choice, discuss associated popular sports vision drills and describe a recent study that we conducted that tested different combinations of Sports Vision training with targeted oculomotor training. We will highlight the best evidenced-based approach to training and will discuss the utility of using electrophysiological measures in combination with sensorimotor testing to monitor training progress. Finally we will identify existing gaps in the literature, outline further research directions in the area of SVT and consider various factors that may influence training progress.

Field Conditions: Results from a Survey of Sports Vision Practitioners

Kendra Willhoite, ATC

The sports vision field is rapidly growing as evidenced by the dramatic increase in digital devices aimed at assessing and training perceptual and motor skills to improve athletic performance . This lecture reviews the results of a survey sent to sports vision practitioners with the intent of gaining a better understanding of the demographics of those administering sports vision care, the implementation of sports vision into practice as well as identifying the common tools currently employed for testing and training athletes and to examine which visual skills are targeted most often.

The Healing Power of Nutrition for Sport Injuries

Rachel Higginson, BS, RD, CD, CSSD

"Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food" (Hippocrates). This profound statement has been validated through countless scientific studies confirming food is the most powerful medicine. Discover some of the healing abilities nutrition can offer athletes through food and supplements for various injuries such as concussions, tendon/ligament damage, fractures, and eye trauma.

Contact Lens Considerations in Athletes

Jarrod Davies, OD, FCOVD
Alireza Somji, OD

The foundation of visual performance starts with considering the most appropriate refractive error correction in an athlete. We will review with case examples the role of orthokeratology, hybrid, scleral and other contact lens modalities and the role they have in specific sports. We will also discuss the benefits of performance-tinted soft contact lenses.

Debunking Ortho-K Myths

Susan A. Resnick, O.D. FAAO (Dipl), FSLS

Orthokeratology offers many benefits for patients including sports performance. However, there are misconceptions that are holding doctors back from fitting these lenses. This presentation will explain who are excellent candidates for orthokeratology, debunk some common ortho-k myths , and will also discuss the benefits of overnight therapeutic lenses as an option for those active in athletics.

Case Presentation: The Amblyopic Hockey Goaltender

Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD
Tom Hodges

Dr. Shidlofsky has known Thomas Hodges since Dr Shidlofsky’s son Ian and Thomas were a goalie tandem on the Texas Aces Hockey Club in 2010. As their families grew their friendship, it was discovered that Thomas’ father and Thomas both suffered from significant amblyopia. Over the years everyone stayed in touch through the good and the bad. Thomas had become what is known as the emergency backup goalie for the Allen Americans (ECHL hockey) and the Dallas Stars. This means he has to be prepared to the the “third” goalie in the event a team lost its two regular goalies.

Fast forward to the end of the last NHL season: Thomas was the emergency backup goalie for the Dallas Stars in their game against the Anaheim Ducks. Both of the Anaheim Ducks goalies went down with injury and in went Thomas in an NHL game. What most people didn’t know was that Thomas had a deep amblyopia and yet was able to overcome this with his athletic skill. After that incident, Thomas became motivated to do something about it…and now is doing vision therapy for his amblyopia—and will also do some sports vision training as his skills improve. The purpose of this lecture is to share this amazing story (through Thomas’ viewpoint) and to track the progression of Thomas through vision therapy with Dr. Shidlofsky and his staff.

The Effects of Presbyopia on Performance Vision and What You Need Your Athletes to Know

Amanda Nanasy, OD

The population of athletes over 40 years of age continues to grow! From not only golf and pickle ball, but also shooting, racing and even pro football, the visual demands of our athletes may now be taxed by a weakened accommodative system. We will discuss implications and solutions to their ever changing, yet highly productive visual process.

Nutritional Synergy for Maximizing Performance and Protection: The Retina - Brain Connection

James M. Stringham, Ph.D

Most nutrients are used throughout the body and generally do not accumulate in specific tissues. This is not true of the macular carotenoids lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and meso-zeaxanthin (MZ), or the omega-3 fatty acid DHA. Major target tissues for these nutrients include the retina and brain, where they can accumulate in very high concentrations.

Obviously, these structures are necessary for vision and cognition, and the fact that the body concentrates these specific nutrients in the retina and brain suggests that L, Z, MZ, and DHA are crucially important to these abilities. Indeed, several studies have characterized beneficial visual and cognitive effects, both in terms of health and performance, for relatively high concentrations of these special nutrients.

The catch? The body does not synthesize its own L, Z, MZ, and DHA, they need to be consumed in the diet or obtained via supplementation. This presentation will characterize both unique and synergistic effects of these special nutrients, including benefits to health (antioxidant / anti-inflammatory), performance (contrast sensitivity, visual processing speed, vision in glare, eye-hand coordination / timing), and protection (against visible short-wave radiation, and traumatic brain injury).

Quiet Eyes, Strong Minds

Brandon Sneed

Vision can demand up to 80 percent of the brain’s energy. In this talk, I’ll explore how the world’s greatest athletes train their vision in a way that gives them “quiet eyes” and how that translates to stronger minds and better performance. To do this, I’ll draw on my years of research and experience as an author and journalist who has written multiple books and hundreds of feature stories about some of the most recognizable athletes in the world. Along the way, I’ll also unpack the latest technology, research, and methodologies that are being applied by performance psychologists and the athletes they train to continue to enhance their vision, thereby calming their eyes and strengthening their minds.

Sports Eye Injuries and Protective Sports Eyewear

Jennifer Stewart, OD

A recent survey of eye care professionals was conducted to understand their experiences in treating sports-related eye injuries and to gauge their knowledge and attitudes about sports protective eyewear, along with factors that influence their decision to recommend sports protective eyewear to their patients. Nearly 400 professionals responded. Survey findings, along with “how to's” and best practices to help sports vision professionals introduce and prescribe sports eyewear in their practices will be highlighted.

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Neurocognitive Sports Visual Training Applied in Soccer of Children From 6 to 12 Years Old.

Suelen Abril, OD

Motricity is the domain that the human being is capable of exercising over his/her own body. It is something integral since all the systems of our body are involved. We must see beyond the simple execution of movements and gestures.

The first manifestation of motor skills is play and as it develops it becomes more complex with stimuli from the environment and lived experiences. In this way, we talk about the vision of training through the visual channel to educate, guide and develop skills that empower the future athlete. Age is not only important to measure the capacities but also the maturity towards which it develops in its environment.

How Sports Vision contributed to the development of treatment protocols for Visual Snow Syndrome

Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD

Visual Snow Syndrome is a neurological condition that impacts an individual’s vision, hearing, and quality of life. Patients see flashing lights, flickering dots, and static, which obstruct their visual field 24/7. There is no relief for them, even when their eyes are closed. It causes many other debilitating visual & non-visual symptoms. This can be devastating for athletes. Once thought to be rare, Visual Snow affects an estimated 2-3% of the world’s population. Currently, there are no standard successful treatments for those suffering with VSS. In this presentation, Dr. Shidlofsky will discuss research on Neuro-Vision rehabilitation as a potential treatment for VSS and present some case studies to demonstrate the effectiveness.

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  1. Sports Vision: Performance Vision Analysis, Concussion, and Hands-On Workshops for Sports Vision Training
  2. Sports Vision "Beyond 20/20" - How to build and enhance a sports vision specialty
  3. Brain Snap: Exploring the Visual Consequences of Concussion featuring Neera Kapoor
  4. Unlocking Athletic Performance
  5. Elevating Athletic Performance

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