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Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise:
doi: 10.1249/01.MSS.0000323691.13181.91
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Sports Vision: Vision Care for the Enhancement of Sports Performance

Marshall, Brian D. OD

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ISBN: 978-0-7506-7577-2. Copyright: 2007. Edition: 1st. Editor: Graham Erickson, OD, FAAO, FCOVD. Specialties: Optometry, Ophthalmology, Sports Medicine. Publisher: Elsevier. Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann. List Price: $72.95

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This publication incorporates the latest information on enhancing an athlete's sports performance by protecting and improving vision. From basic eye care services to visual performance enhancement training, this evidence-based resource explores a wide range of sports vision services, addressing many questions regarding assessment and treatment procedures, outcome expectations, and applications to sport. A thorough review and discussion of the role of vision care in an athlete's performance and practical recommendations for applying current research findings to clinical practice are presented. The authors are well respected in the field of optometry and sports vision.

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PURPOSE:

To provide athletes with a visual edge in a variety of sports while maintaining ocular safety.

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AUDIENCE:

Eye care providers looking to incorporate sports vision in their practice will benefit most from this book. Physical therapists who treat athletes also will find it interesting.

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FEATURES:

This text begins with comprehensive categorizations of the necessary visual dynamics involved in various athletic activities. Appropriate visual evaluations and screening methods are described, along with the corresponding testing equipment. Helpful color photographs maximize learning comprehension. The author integrates training exercises into a customized, performance-enhancing plan for the athlete that will pay dividends in sports participation. Other sections describe methods to appropriately prescribe an athlete's refractive error, the use of tinted lenses, ways to consult with various team personnel, and managing ocular injuries. The accompanying CD enables printing of evaluation forms, screening forms, sample profiles, and patient handouts, plus other resources for client assessment and training.

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ASSESSMENT:

This book describes ways to incorporate sports vision into a practice if the provider has limited or no experience in sports vision. This book makes an important contribution to vision care.

RATING: ★★★★

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Brian D. Marshall, OD

Connecticut

©2009The American College of Sports Medicine

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