Vizual Edge -- Athletic Training Goes Digital, and Sports Vision Training Becomes More Accessible to UK and Commonwealth Athletes

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Web based visual performance evaluations and training now available to athletes globally. Sparked by the increased demand for athletic training for the upcoming Olympic Games. The technology will satisfy the huge need in the UK, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia for technological sports advanced training methods.

“Weight Training for the Eyes”TM

Vizual Edge, LLC of Vernon Hills, IL, released the next generation of its patented athletic training process called the Vizual Edge Performance Trainer ® (VEPT). Now a web-based application, this redesigned software provides visual performance evaluations and training designed to increase athletic performance through enhanced sports vision performance to athletes globally. Web based access offers access to the technology to satisfy the huge demand in the UK, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. There is a great deal of interest in this form of training stimulated by the upcoming summer and also winter Olympic Games.

Of the five senses, 80% of what an athlete experiences comes through vision. Hence, the venerable expression, “keep your eye on the ball.” Over the last 20 years, successful collegiate, Olympic and professional athletes have incorporated vision performance training into their strength and conditioning regimens. Like “weight lifting for the eyes,” athletes have reported increased athletic performance and scientific research has validated the training approach. Many strength and conditioning coaches are now including this important component in a complete training program.

“One of the most important things for an athlete is his or her vision,” said Sue Sofarnos, who employed Vizual Edge for her team when she coached the Champion Australian Women’s Lacrosse Team. “Athletes spend so much time in the weight room getting bigger, stronger and quicker, without realizing they can also train their eyes.”

A recent study conducted by a research team of professors from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Kinesiology Department demonstrated the correlation between improved hitting performance and eye training for baseball.

Using the VEPT, Dr. Spaniol tested the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi baseball players, ultimately proving that baseball vision training skills can be evaluated and trained. This would also correlate to cricket and softball players.

“It really makes little sense to waste valuable training time working on something if it doesn’t translate into improved on-field performance,” said Dr. Spaniol, a former Division I college baseball player and coach.

“Our technology is really designed for any athlete in a sport that requires quick reactions,” said Dr. Barry Seiller, the USA based ophthalmologist and Lasik specialist who developed the Vizual Edge Performance Trainer®. “So many of our athletes have all of the mechanics, the size and strength, but still something is missing for them to excel. What’s missing is training their visual skills.”

“Vizual Edge’s sports vision training increases the speed and accuracy of your responses on the playing field,” said Kathy Puchalski, co-developer of the training software. “Our new web site provides a comprehensive and clear understanding of this technology with numerous explanatory videos. Successful global clients include, tennis, cricket, rugby, lacrosse, soccer and many other sports including motor racing.”

The newly redesigned VEPT vision training software builds on its patented 3-D visual performance assessment and enhancement CD-ROM tool and is now accessible worldwide as a web-based training solution. Version 4 also features new exercises, lower prices, real-time feedback, progress charts and universal rankings. Two modes, Evaluation and Training, help athletes set goals and achieve them. While usable by individuals, the VEPT is designed for family, team and facility use with features such as the ability to add unlimited athletes, control access and review evaluations and training progress. Some training exercises require the VEPT 3-D glasses to achieve the proper training effect. These are included in the program and can be mailed to athletes.For further information on the Vizual Edge Performance Trainer™, go to or call 01-312-8VIZUAL (01-312-884-9825).


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