Every week, we see evidence of sports vision training's spread throughout the high school, college, and professional levels. Vision training can be an effective tool for teams and individual athletes -- all it takes is a certain level of commitment and the right tools.
A Brief History Lesson: Strobe Lights and Vision Training
One of the more recent -- and most effective -- tools that we've seen is strobe technology. Back in the 1990s, vision training pioneers used an actual strobe light in a dark room to force an athlete to watch a moving object as it moved through a space that was alternating between light and dark. This exercise forced the athlete to track the ball better and to make decisions with limited information. The theory was that when the lights were turned back on, the athlete could more easily track and, in the case of a baseball player, hit the ball.
Obviously, using a strobe light in a dark room is not easy -- most batting cages and training facilities will not like it if you ask to turn off the lights so you can do your strobe training.
Got Strobes? We Do! And Now You Can Too!
Now, you can purchase strobe glasses for vision training. These glasses have a shutter that opens and closes, effectively cutting off your eyes from the light at intervals you select. You can make any drill more difficult with these glasses -- and each drill can become progressively more difficult as you "dial up" the strobes to force your eyes and brain to do more work.
The best part of using strobe glasses for vision training is that you can use them anywhere -- at a batting cage, on the field, on the court, off-season or in-season.