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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.

 

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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

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.
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