Beyond physical superiority, mental stamina, and smart play, most of the world’s best athletes possess another specific advantage that gives them an edge. We’re not talking about performance-enhancing drugs or blood doping, but something a lot more natural—good vision. Being able to follow a fastball as it flies over home plate, judge the shooting distance to a basketball hoop, or leap in the air to catch that spiraling football at just the right moment all depend on good eyesight. And maximizing one’s vision can make all the difference between a good player and a great one. While wearing corrective lenses is certainly one way to sharpen visual acuity, it isn’t the only one. In his new book, High Performance Vision, sports-vision specialist Dr. Donald Teig, shares his highly successful approach to visual enhancement.
During his work with professional athletes over the past forty years, Dr. Teig developed a series of visual and visual-motor performance tests to determine the strengths and weaknesses of their eyesight. After establishing an initial baseline of test results, the athletes were given specific exercises designed to improve their visual skills. He then tested them again and measured the results against the baseline. With each succession of exercises, their sight and motor coordination improved, as did their performance on the playing field. In High Performance Vision, Dr. Teig details his unique approach and offers his highly effective exercise regimen for improving your own vision.
If you’ve been looking for safe, natural way to improve your game, High Performance Vision offers the perfect solution. In a clear and reader-friendly style, it shows you how to gain the edge that many pros have used for years.
Dr. Donald S. Teig, OD, FAAO, received his BA in psychology from the University of Buffalo, and his BS and OD from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He has served as vision consultant to many professional sports teams in areas including baseball, football, and hockey, and is past president of the International Academy of Sports Vision, prior chairman of the Sports Vision Section of the American Optometric Association, and former director of the Institute for Sports Vision. Dr. Teig is also the founder and director of a national team of sports medicine experts known as “The A Team—High Performance Vision Associates.”
Beginning over forty years ago, Dr. Teig pioneered work in sports vision and visual-motor performance training with major league baseball. Subsequently, Dr. Teig and his associates have worked with over fifteen major league baseball clubs, pro golf and tennis tours, several NBA basketball clubs, many Olympic teams, professional football and hockey teams, and dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.
Dr. Teig has written numerous articles on the relationship of vision to improved athletic performance. He has lectured throughout the world on this topic, and has developed much of the equipment and techniques being used in the field today. As a sports-vision specialist, Dr. Teig has appeared on several network television and radio programs, including featured segments of The Today Show, Dateline NBC, ESPN Sports Center, The View, and programs on HBO. He has also contributed to sports segments on New York’s all-sports radio station, WFAN, earning him the nickname “Doctor Jock.”
1. Setting Your Goals
2. Vision Basics,
3. Preventing Eye Conditions and Injuries,
4. Measuring Your Visual Skills,
The High Performance Vision Training Program
5. The Role of Vision in Sports,
6. At-Home Eye Exercises,
7. In-Office Eye Exercises,
8. Sport-Specific Eye Exercises,
9. Putting It All Together,
About the Author,
To paraphrase boxing legend Muhammed Ali, “Float like a butterfly,
sting like a bee, your hands can’t hit what your eyes can’t
see!” Ali may have been talking about the speed of his legs, but he
unintentionally made a more important point about the role of
vision in athletics. The fact is that, when it comes to sports, you are
only as good as your eyes. And just as exercise and practice can
increase your strength and speed, so may high performance vision
training enhance your visual system.
It’s your eyes that alert and activate your motor system so that
you can react with split-second timing. But there’s more to keeping
your eyes on an object than merely looking at it, no matter how
hard you concentrate. You have to see not only where the object is
but also where it is going, how fast it is traveling, and how much
spin it has on it. If it sounds difficult, that’s because it is. Some
people play sports for years and never quite get the most out of
their eyes. That’s a shame because, in most cases, you can improve
your visual system and actually train yourself to see better by
means of a fairly simple program known as high performance
vision training. While you may do this training at a specialized
clinic, you may also practice many high performance vision exercises
on the playing field and in the privacy of your own home, as
you will discover.
In over thirty years of evaluating and training the visual skills
of athletes, I have had the privilege of improving the on-field performance
of a wide variety of competitors, including little leaguers,
weekend warriors, and some of the finest athletes in the
world. Who could have predicted that the equipment and eye
exercises I developed with the help of engineers, coaches, athletic
trainers, and the very athletes I sought to help would have evolved
into a specialty program that has taken me all over the world?
Until now, I have carefully shared my knowledge only with the
athletes who have trained with me. My intent now is to share this
program with you.
Part One begins at the beginning and asks you to set goals.
They can be general. For example, “I want to improve my overall
athletic performance by making my eyes more efficient.” They can
also be targeted to specific needs. For example, “I want to reduce
my number of strokes during eighteen holes of golf to thirty-five
You’ll then learn the basic biology of vision to get a better
understanding of how the human eye actually takes in light and
sends data to the brain to be processed into images. The pros and
cons of various corrective options, including glasses, contact
lenses, and Lasik, will also be reviewed. After this tutorial, you’ll
find a list of the most common eye problems, including injuries
and the specific sport with which each is associated. You’ll be -
come familiar with the symptoms of these conditions and the treatments
typically administered to alleviate them. Finally, you’ll see
how to measure your visual skills as you consider a proper training
Part Two starts by examining the role of vision in sports and
explains the parameters within which a doctor determines a
patient’s overall vision. Next, you’ll dive into high performance
vision training in earnest as this book gives you a comprehensive
list of exercises that will help you hone your visual system to its
peak potential, whether in a clinical setting, on the field, or from the
comfort of your own home. You’ll also get detailed sport-specific
drills and exercises, which are sure to provide you with an even
sharper edge in your chosen activity. By taking advantage of all the
high performance vision tools at your disposal, you’ll be truly
amazed by the degree to which your game will improve.
All athletes want to be in “the zone” as often as possible during
competition. Most find getting there an elusive and daunting task.
No matter how much you practice, you may feel as though you’ve
hit a wall in terms of performance. High performance vision training
was designed to break down this wall. After all, 80 percent of all
sensory information to the brain comes through the eyes. Use this
book as a guide and get yourself to the place beyond the wall.