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Visual Skills for Mountain Biking

Experts say that sports performance is directly related to visual skills. So by improving your visual skills, you’ll reap the reward in your performance. Sports vision training enhances the communication between the brain and the nine muscles of the eye to improve focus, reflexes, balance[, and] scanning ability.

When mountain biking, you need your eyes to quickly and efficiently convey information to your brain so it can make fast, accurate decisions to guide your body. Sports vision training can speed up your reflexes and increase your visual endurance and coordination.

Taking control of your vision can have a huge impact on the flow and speed of your riding. But becoming faster isn’t just about getting the technique right. It’s also about practice.

How Vision Works

To become a better mountain biker you need to have well-developed visual control. There are two types of vision that our eyes use to process information: ambient and focal. They work separately to deliver information from the eyes to the brain.

Ambient vision helps us move about in our environment and creates spatial awareness.

That’s central to mountain biking. Think about it. When biking on a rocky path you need to be aware of your surroundings, all while balancing on the bike at a fast pace. Your ambient vision helps you stay upright and to prevent collisions with objects in your surroundings.

Focal vision helps us see detail and recognize objects and colors.

Your focal vision focuses on the details of objects, then processes the information it sees. In mountain biking this translates to spotting and avoiding the sharpest rocks in your path. While you are actively focusing on the path, your ambient vision is still functioning, but it is not the dominant visual sense.

Sports Vision Training and Mountain Biking

Sports vision training can help improve your focal and ambient vision to improve your mountain biking skills. It works on improving:

  • Balance: the ability to stay in control of your body
  • Depth Perception: accurately and quickly judge the distance and speed of something
  • Dynamic Visual Acuity: learning to see objects clearly while they’re in motion
  • Focusing: changing focus from one object to another clearly and quickly
  • Peripheral Awareness: the ability to see objects out of the corner of your eye

Improving these skills will improve your biking experience, enabling you to control how you react to what you see on the trail while maintaining speed. Knowing when you’re too close to the edge of a cliff, or the distance between you and a tree will also make you a safer biker.

Contact The Sports Vision at Eye Trends to learn more about sports vision training to improve your vision while you’re biking down that rocky trail.

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Dr. Inns is a 1982 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wilfred Laurier University, Canada. During his training at the University of Houston, he held positions in research and was a teaching assistant / laboratory instructor.

Postgraduate work includes therapeutic courses at Pennsylvania College of Optometry and the Optometric Glaucoma Specialist Course at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Inns has published in Optometry Today and Optometric Management. He also volunteers at the schools in his area.

Dr. Inns and his wife, Lynn, spend much of their spare time calling and visiting with their four boys.

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As the manager of The Woodlands office, Amber Draper leads the team with the focus on patient care and assisting with their ophthalmic needs. Having over 10 years experience, Amber can aid patients with the most appropriate lens technology to match their daily needs. Everyone needs at least one pair of sun wear, especially here in Texas.

Amber is a proud graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BA in History, and a minor in Spanish.

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Dr. Toups is a 1984 graduate of the University of Houston College of Optometry. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from Northeast Louisiana University.

Being a therapeutically licensed optometrist, Dr. Toups is trained to diagnose and treat ocular conditions. He specializes in contact lenses and he is current with all refractive surgery procedures.

Dr. Toups is married, has five children and has lived in the Houston area since 1980.

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