Vision Training For Ice Skating

Ice skating is a sport that requires extreme levels of precision and body control, and, during performances, skaters only have one chance to get it right. Therefore, improving vision skills that can help one’s performance are vital.

 

Vision Training For Ice Skating in Bellflower

Sports vision training is customized training that gives athletes a major edge against the competition by improving the specific visual skills needed for the position and sport that they play. 

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Core Visual Skills

While there are a number of vision skills that are important for ice skaters, some are more crucial to performance than others.

Core vision skills for ice skaters include:

  • Hand-Eye-Foot-Body Coordination: Ice skating, with all its complex movements, is a sport which requires incredibly precise body control. Elite coordination is a must for anyone trying to compete at high levels.
  • Depth Perception: Ice skating routines often include jumps where the skater is airborne for significant periods of time. Proper depth perception is vital for being able to time the jumps, and, more importantly, the landings effectively.
  • Timing and Rhythm: Ice skating routines require great precision, and are often set to music. Improving a skater’s ability to properly time their movements can provide the edge needed to compete at elite levels.
  • Visual Sequential Memory: Ice skaters in competitions only get one shot at nailing their routines. Therefore, improving their sequential memory ability can be key to making sure they remember what must be done at each point.

 

Secondary Visual Skills

Secondary visual skills for ice skaters aren’t necessarily any less important than core visual skills, though they are not quite as central to what is needed for an ice skater to be successful.

  • Visual Concentration: Ice skating competitions often take place in large arenas with big crowds in attendance. A skater’s ability to focus on the visual task at hand can make the difference when performing a complicated routine.
  • Visualization: As with many other sports, visualization, the ability to see yourself performing a particular move, genuinely helps enable you to actually pull it off when the time comes. Ice skating routines are full of complicated movements which improved visualization can help a skater pull off when in the spotlight.
Secondary Visual Skills
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Dr. Ikeda

Dr. Ikeda, FCOVD, DPNAP, is a leading optometrist in the field of neuro optometric rehabilitation and developmental optometry. He has made profound contributions to the field over the years and uses these expertise to provide the highest quality of eye care to his patients. He was Past-President of the Optometric Extension Program Foundation (OEPF) and of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA). He received the “Founding Fathers Medal” for his continued service to NORA and he was recognized as “Physician of the Year” by the Rehabilitation Nurses Society. He is a clinical associate professor of the Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry and was inducted as a Distinguished Practitioner into the National Academies of Practice (Optometry Academy).

Testimonials


  • I haven't actually used the optometrist side, so my review is limited to the vision therapy offered.  This office was recommended by my occupational therapist for the treatment of my double vision following a stroke.


    Claire A.

  • Love this location. I had a brain injury accident from day one one. All the team make you feel you still important and hope in the horizon after when the medical system fell you miserably. Dr. Ikeda very professional and very understanding about your issue. Two tombs up.


    Jim K.

  • My husband and I were immediately impressed with Dr Ikeda. I was hit by a car while cycling which caused broken bones and three brain injuries. The brain injuries caused double vision. Dr. Ikeda examined my eyes and got me started on vision therapy with his occupational therapist who specializes in vision therapy.  She (Chris) is absolutely great.  I am impressed with the array of tools used to help recover my binocular vision.  I am doing things I never thought were possible (balance boards etc).  Chris pushes me and keeps me motivated. I really enjoy my sessions with her.  The office staff is always friendly and they have a wonderful appointment reminder tool that makes it easy to keep my calendar up to date. I am happy the rehab center at Little Co. of Mary recommended them!!


    Teresa S.

  • The Vision Therapy is handled in a separate office through a different door from the shared waiting room. Chris, the vision therapist, has a wide and varied assortment of tools, equipment and resources to best evaluate and treat most vision issues. After just a few visits, my double vision became easier to control, using exercises developed during the therapy process. It was time well-spent.


    Joe M.

  • I have been coming here since I can remember. I love it here. The staff is so amazing and nice. They explain everything they gonna do and never make you feel rushed. Dr. Ikeda has always been my doctor and I would never want another one. He is the doctor for my whole family and is always asking how everyone is doing. I am also so crazy about picking out my frames and have to try so many and each person who helps me take the time and lets me try them all on. I would never want to go anywhere else! I definitely would recommend this office to anyone looking for a great eye doctor.


    Kayla W.

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