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Dr. Lynn Hellerstein

Play Ball!! – It’s SUMMER TIME (almost)!


Experiencing Baseball Spring Training in Phoenix (GO ROCKIES!) with the family is always a delight. It signals that summer time is near!

Time to get ready for summer sports like baseball, tennis, biking, swimming, golf and numerous other games. This newsletter is devoted to athletes of all ages…from the little leaguer to the highly competitive athlete.

Are you ready? Whether you participate merely for fun or competition, take the steps to be sure that you are safe, enjoying the game and getting the most out of your sports time.

Besides learning the specific techniques of the game, most sports involve specific strength, muscle, speed and movement skills. The same thing is true for your vision skills related to your sport. For example, a baseball player hitting a 100 mph fast ball needs an entirely different visual skill set than that of a swimmer. Ask yourself these questions:
  1. Are you truly able to see, focus and concentrate to excel at your sport?
  2. Can your eyes and body sync and coordinate to the fullest potential, or do you feel disconnected with what you see and how your body moves?
  3. Do you achieve the “mental” edge for your sport through the See It. Say It. Do It! Process?
  4. Are you visually safe and know how to PREVENT injuries so that you can focus on your sport?

Start It Now!

Make sure you and your children have comprehensive vision examinations yearly. Ask your optometrist about your specific sport.
  1. Do you need to wear your glasses or contact lenses for sports?
  2. Should you be wearing protective sports glasses/sunglasses?
  3. Are your visual skills adequate for the sports task you attempt?
  4. Could you benefit from sports vision training?
Practicing the See It. Say It. Do It! Process with your child at an early age gives him/her a lifetime skill. The combination of solid visual training, physical training and confidence really comes together in sports. Allison Arnold, Ph.D., is the founder of Head Games and serves as a consultant to USA Gymnastics and U.S. Figure Skating in addition to amateur, professional and collegiate athletes. Dr. Arnold says: “It’s never too early to teach your child the basics of mental training. Training the mind is no different from training the body.”

“Dr. Lynn Hellerstein opened my eyes to the power of visualization. Great athletes use it… you should too!”
- Joe Theismann, NFL Broadcaster/Entrepreneur, NFL Pro-Bowl Quarterback

If your child has not utilized visualization for practice, she might need a little experience to see the connection between her mind and her sports performance. Try one of these activities, for the young child or the older child. Modify the activity specifically for your child’s sport by filling in the blanks.


Lessons of Life!

Sports, music, art and other types of activities are training grounds for life. The lessons you and your child learns, beyond the skill of the activity, are endless: teamwork, leadership, commitment, physical strength, motivation, preparation, mental toughness, and confidence. With continued practice, learning, and support, he/she is creating and growing into a powerful person. As a parent and athlete, I would view that as a Ta-Dah!
DON'T LOSE OUT! Remember, strong visual skills are a hallmark of exceptional athletes! Now you, too, can learn and easily implement many of these visual brain training skills with your kids!

Learn more about sports vision training available at Hellerstein & Brenner Vision Center, P.C.

Feel free to send questions, comments or insights on your journey of transformation.

With love and gratitude,

Lynn Fishman Hellerstein, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO

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