How To Get Vision Like Conner McDavid

So what sets players like Conner McDavid apart?

He has skill that puts him in another level than his peers….the age old ‘nature vs nurture’ question is if players like McDavid are great because they were born that way or is it because they trained to that level.

My thoughts are that it has more to do with training than just natural skill.   It seems that great players have a drive to train better, harder and longer than their peers…and they have done this from a young age.

Not only do they train more but they seek out types of training that others are not doing.

Recently the Globe and Mail had an article on McDavid training his vision ….as well as  how Gretzky (and the rest of the 80’s Oilers) trained their vision.

’Offensively, he sees things developing before anybody else’

Think of Visual Skill as another aspect of an athlete – much like you might evaluate a player’s athleticism or hockey specific skills. For example, you may have two players who are both at a similar level: one athlete might be at that level because they have superior hockey skills but is just an average athlete, the other may be a superb athlete but has poorer hockey skills. To reach the next level these two athletes would need to improve athleticism or hockey skills, respectively.

So what are Visual Skills you can train?   Everyone knows that one player who consistently seems to make the right pass, dodge checks or pick off that pass….these players have superior visual skills.  They have better peripheral awareness, are able to process visual information faster and can keep track of teammates & opponents better.  These are all visual skills, and they can be trained.

So think about this training list and which ones you could train to take you to the next level:

  • Athleticism
  • Skating speed and ability
  • Stickhandling Skills
  • Shooting Skills
  • Visual Skills

If you are a player or goalie and would like to train your visual skills, send me an email.  We have programs for all ages and skill levels, and they start at $99.  We have a programs that can train eyes-up stick-handling in 8-10 year olds and more advanced programs that can train visual skills in pro players.

Email me for more information.

Michael D. Nelson, OD

EyeGym Canada, info@eyegym.ca

 

 

 

 

 

Eyes Up Stickhandling: Spring Break 2017

Eyes-Up Hockey Stickhandling Program

A differentiating skill in hockey players of all ages is the ability to stickhandle while keeping track of the play on ice.   Players that can do this are known to have great on-ice awareness.   Sign up for this special spring break vision training program and we will help you improve your eye-up stick handling.

Four 50 Minute Sessions:   $50

Ages: 2007, 2008, 2009

Includes:

Baseline training on proper stick handling technique

Baseline assessment of eyes-up stick handling skills and multi-player tracking.

Training of heads up stick handling

At home training exercises

Free Stickhandling ball

 

Session Times available

Monday- Friday:  9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm , 2pm, 3pm

Contact Teagen to Book. 204 487-1901,  info@eyegym.ca

March Madness Multiviewing

Everyone has heard of multi-tasking…how about multi-viewing?  March Madness is a great time for testing your multi-viewing skills…..trying to watch 4 or more games simultaneously so you don’t miss that buzzer beater finish.

The term we use in sports vision training for this is Multi-object tracking.  This is the ability to keep track of your teammates and opponents while they move around on the court.  This is also the skill that is used when you talk about an athlete have great court vision – players with great multi object tracking also tend to make better and more accurate passes because they know where everyone is.

Take a look at this video of basketball playerAlvin Abreu using neurotracker to train his multi object tracking.

 

EyeGym Canada is the only facility in Manitoba that has Neurotracker available.  Call us and book an appointment to learn more.

Michael Nelson, OD FAAO

EyeGym Canada

 

 

 

Come On Ref!!!

We’ve all done it – questioned the integrity of a ref’s vision when they miss a call.   At EyeGym Canada, we have trained lots of athletes to have more efficient vision but no refs – yet.    Refs have just as demanding of visual tasks as players do and in some ways more.  Take for example, this soccer match offside play. Watch this video and it’s hard to believe the ref missed this call….and on a play that could easily decide the game.

So how could the ref miss this obvious offside?  Let’s watch the close-up replay.

After watching the close-up it is apparent that this was not offside after all.  It was Stephen Sunday (aka “Sunny”) of Real Salt Lake (team in white) who tipped the ball to Nemanja Nikolić scoring his first goal for the Chicago Fire (team in red).  Good Call Ref…..and great vision!

Michael Nelson, OD FAAO

EyeGym Canada

How’s Your Visual Endurance?

This weekend a Norwegian Hockey game broke the record for the longest game.  It went to 8 overtime periods and lasted 8 1/2 hours.    At one point the teams ordered in some food.

This type of game requires physical endurance and visual endurance.   Fortunately you don’t need to focus this long in most games and for the most part with shifts less than 1 minute most hockey players only need to focus for 1 minute at a time.

Goalies sometimes can feel the visual strain of sustained pressure in their zone and loss of focus is a big reason why goals are scored following sustained pressure.

The great news is that you can train your visual endurance and focus.  You can train your eyes and concentration to stay ‘in the zone’ longer.  A great tool we use for this is Multi-object tracking.

If you are interested in this type of training book an eye exam and sports vision assessment.

Michael Nelson, OD FAAO

EyeGym Canada