Sports vision kits offer resource trove

Sports vision kits offer resource trove

Optimization is a keystone of sports vision—not only as it applies to visual performance but also practitioners' skillsets—making a new collaborative tool all the more beneficial in building an optimal foundation for both.

"These kits allow for much greater continuity and make the students' lives easier as an instant resource they can reference at will."

Developed by the AOA Sports Vision Section (SVS) Council, Sports Vision (SV) Club Kits offer a comprehensive toolbox of information and equipment that helps optometry schools cultivate and sustain such specialty clubs among students.

Essentially a conversation facilitator, the kits are designed to provide a continuity of sports-related information for the clubs.

Fred Edmunds, O.D., AOA SVS chair-elect, says less than a handful of schools offer sports vision classes, so students are encouraged to seek clubs for this specialty. But even then, informational content tends to ebb and flow with each graduating class.

"The challenge was perpetuating the materials, content and enthusiasm for sports vision with having this permanent resource that stays at the school. These kits allow for much greater continuity and make the students' lives easier as an instant resource they can reference at will," Dr. Edmunds says.

Dr. Edmunds describes the SV Club Kits as "living documents," and the latest update is being distributed. The SV Club Kits include:

  • Sports vision PowerPoint presentations, ranging from performance evaluation to identifying and treating ocular trauma;

  • Discussion guides to encourage student conversations;

  • Sports vision procedure manuals and pamphlets; and,

  • Basic sports vision equipment and tools utilized in training.

Take note: Expand practice options with sports vision
Although the SV Club Kits are designed specifically with students in mind, current eye care providers can take valuable information from these resources, too.

Sports vision as a discipline seeks to maximize athletes' visual performance, in addition to promoting education and injury prevention, and can be developed as a niche opportunity for existing practices. Dr. Edmunds says providers looking to expand with a new associate can take solace knowing that sports-vision-minded graduates will have a background to help develop that new patient stream.

"This is truly where the rubber meets the road: While maybe the existing practitioner is too busy to piecemeal together a sports vision niche, these younger associates may be able to do that already," he says.

November 17, 2014

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