3rd Pillar of Sports Vision Testing
Sports Performance Vision Testing 3 Pillars
Step 3: Visual Processing
In this final stage of assessment during a sports vision performance evaluation, the clinician will evaluate the speed and efficiency of the athlete's neurological decision making process using their visual input. The sports vision practitioner has already assessed quality and accuracy of the athlete's visual input, now the practitioner is evaluating with what speed and accuracy the brain is able to process that visual input into meaningful cues, in enough time to complete the athletic act or task.
There are various technologies available to quantify an athlete's visual processing speed and accuracy. Each technology has it's own established norms, some are more precisely able to provided comparative norms in an athlete population vs the average population. It is important not only to quantify the speed of the neurological response, but to also quantify the accuracy of that neurological response to arrive at a more valuable metric of the athlete's ability to make decision during the run of play.
Deficiencies in this visual skill set are trained through neurovisual enhancement training. Technologies are rapidly emerging to meet his need. Incidentally many of these same technologies used for visual processing enhancement can be used for visual processing rehabilitation that can sometimes manifest in post concussion scenarios.