Vision Training For Skateboarding

Skateboarding is a sport which requires high levels of body control, coordination, and quick reaction times. Additionally, skateboarding is generally done on hard surfaces, so improving key skills can not only help overall performance, but may also help avoid injury.

 

Vision Training For Skateboarding 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 skateboarders, some are more crucial to performance than others.

Core vision skills for skateboarders include:

  • Hand-Eye-Foot-Body Coordination: There is a great deal of coordination required to be done while moving if a skateboarder hopes to pull off the best tricks. Improving this vision skill is a no-brainer for anyone seeking to improve their performance.
  • Visual Distance Calculation: Skateboarding often involves moving over extended distances and in making precise jumps, improving one’s visual distance calculation will help a skateboarder better make the jumps he/she goes for.
  • Anticipation Timing: This vision skill helps one better utilize visual input to make sure that timing is right when taking an action. In skateboarding, where there is often little time to decide to commit to a move, those extra moments can be crucial.
  • Depth Perception: As with any sport that involves movement in various different directions, and jumping, superior depth perception is a major advantage for a competitive skateboarder.

Secondary Visual Skills

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

  • Balance and Proprioception: While many might not realize it, balance is a visual skill, and especially for skateboarding, improving one’s ability to balance while on the skateboard can yield major benefits. Additionally, improving one’s proprioception, which enables an athlete to know where the body is in space, is also extremely helpful for skateboarders when performing moves that involved them going airborne.
  • Visualization: The ability to visualize oneself successfully completing an action, such as making a skateboard jump, is incredibly helpful for anyone seeking to compete at the highest levels. Improving this skill will help a skateboarder be able to better commit to the move, and thus increase his ability to make it.

 

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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