Sports vision training works on improving an athlete's visual skills, including contrast sensitivity, depth perception, eye-hand coordination, visual reaction time, dynamic visual acuity, tracking, focusing, and peripheral vision.

Case Study: Using Strobe Glasses During Baseball Games

Case Study: Using Strobe Glasses During Baseball Games

Recently, we've been doing a lot of work with strobe glasses during high school baseball games.

Strobe Glasses: A High Tech Tool for Vision Training

Strobe glasses - or, simply, "strobes" - are a high-tech vision training tool that have been scientifically proven to improve the reaction time and performance of athletes.

Strobes have recently become a very popular vision training tool with MLB, NBA, and NHL teams.

A Brief History of Strobe Glasses - What They Are and How They Work

Strobe glasses mimic the effect of a strobe light -- the lenses of the glasses flicker "on" and "off," making it difficult for an athlete to see the track of a moving object. 

Strobe training has been around for decades, but it isn't easy to do with a traditional strobe light -- to do it in a batting cage, you'd have to turn off the lights. That's not practical and possibly dangerous -- try getting out of a batting cage without the help of the overhead lights!

In 2011, Nike took strobe training to a new level by introducing the Nike Sparq strobe glasses. The new focus on strobe training coincided with new scientific studies that once again proved the efficacy of strobe training:

[People who undergo stroboscopic training] “are better able to pick up subtle motion cues, better able to hold [a] thing in their working memory. We found improvements in anticipatory timing: being able to predict when a moving object is going to be at a certain spot.”
— Duke University neuroscientist Stephen Mitroff

Nike dropped their strobe program due to a disinterest in the project from company leadership, but the engineers behind the project continued their work in the field of strobe technology, under the company name Senaptec.

Using Senaptec Strobe Glasses in Baseball Practice

Because strobes have an immediate positive effect on athletic performance, it is crucial that strobe training is performed as close to game day as possible -- either a day or two before a game is an excellent time to have hitters wear the strobes during short toss or even BP.

Strobe glasses have proven very popular in practice situations. For starters, using strobes is fun -- most players have never used anything like this. Most importantly, most players see an immediate improvement in their hitting.

Using Strobes During Baseball Games? Sure, Let's Try It!

All of this was great, but it led us to ask the question: what if we used strobe glasses DURING a baseball game?

So we tried it with the Keio Academy in Westchester County, NY.

And it worked. Big time.

More Strobes = More Hits, More Runs, More Wins

The results at Keio were immediate. During the first game, Keio's bats came alive for a 7-1 victory. Over subsequent games, Keio continued to hit the balls harder and score more runs. 

Coach John Fitzgerald has been working with my hitters at Keio academy utilizing strobe glasses. We have seen a marked improvement in their hitting during games as evidenced by three games in which we scored 7 or more runs in each game in a one week period! More importantly, our players enjoy working with him and see the value in his visual acuity training techniques.
— - Coach Darren Gurney

INTRODUCING THE GAMEDAY VISION TRAINING SYSTEM

We're calling this the "Gameday Vision Training System." Basically, it's a series of vision drills using strobe glasses that are done before and during the game. The drills can be done behind the dugout or in a batting cage.

Once a player is done with his drills, he takes the strobe glasses off and moves to the on-deck circle.

The drills move quickly -- each player runs through the drills for 2-3 minutes when they are due up in four batters. If a team is using a DH, the designated hitter will do extra drills while his team is in the field.

By the third or fourth inning, each player in the starting lineup has gone through the drills 3-4 times each. At that time, if there are any players that are expected to enter the game in the late innings, they can do 5-10 minutes of the drills to get on "the same page" as the rest of the lineup.

Take a look at some of the drills we did with Keio Academy. Keep in mind, the game was going on during these drills.

If you're in the Northeast USA (NY/NJ/CT/PA/MA) and you'd like to give your team a big advantage during your games with the Gameday Vision Training System, please contact me.

Coach Testimonial: Darren Gurney, Keio Academy (NY)

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