July 30, 2013 | POSTED BY | Clinical Optometry, Events
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From August 5th through 7th, the e-book 50 Tips to Improve Your Sports Performance will be available for download on Kindle for free! Written by Lynn Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO, a renowned vision therapist with over 30 years of experience and past president of COVD, this short seventy-page book is full of important and concise tips and advice for athletes.

Dr. Hellerstein incorporates vision therapy techniques suitable for every type of athlete, as well as visualization concepts and eye/vision safety.  The book is well-written and easy to use, capable of benefiting athletes of all ages. Specifically, the book discusses how visual brain training can improve athletic performance.  It is a helpful tool not only for athletes, but for coaches, parents, teachers, and optometrists.

How the book benefits OD students:

  • Review of different sports vision therapy techniques
  • Ideas/techniques to incorporate into your clinical skills
  • Awareness of vision/eye safety to recommend to patients and parents
  • Learn visualization techniques for sports performance and personal goals in generalphoto-98

I was lucky enough to get a copy of the book before the promotion and it was a quick and enjoyable read.  As an optometry student, I can appreciate the specific activities mentioned in the book. It’s not just a book on vision therapy techniques, but it’s a book that looks at the athlete as a whole and connects the eyes, body, and mind together.  It also spreads awareness of the importance of eye protection, which can be easily overlooked by athletes.

My favorite part of the book were the parts on visualization, a technique involving positive mental images designed to help achieve particular goals – a concept we were never taught in school. Visualization can be applied to sports performance, school performance, and personal goals. Dr. Hellerstein’s motto “See It. Say It. Do it.” sums this concept up nicely as she explains different techniques to try. I strongly recommend that you take advantage of this FREE download next week, and anyone else with recommended reading, please don’t hesitate to comment below!

UPDATE: Click HERE for a link to the free download!