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WHEN: Thursday, February 6 – Saturday, February 8, 2020

WHERE: Bahia Resort Hotel
998 W. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA

Join leading authorities in sports vision assessment and training along with other professionals at our 4th Annual Conference. The ISVA conference will provide up to 12 hours of continuing education (COPE approval pending) and include both lecture style and workshop presentations, including opportunities for attendees to try various sports vision testing techniques and equipment under the guidance of experienced colleagues.

Information about registration, exhibiting, and additional speakers will be posted soon.

Scheduled Speakers (To date)

Ocular Nutrition to Increase Sports Performance

Jeffrey R. Anshel, OD, FAAO

We all realize that in order to perform at our peak abilities, we need proper nourishment. Feeding our cells the right balance of and best quality of nutrients is important in all aspects of our lives. The “Twinkie Defense” isn’t going to fly in this instance! This is especially important when one is expected to perform at their maximum abilities playing sports. Studies have shown that proper nutrition for maximum visual abilities can improve sports performance. This presentation will review the science on ocular nutrition for maximum sports performance.


Vision Therapy for the Improvement of Athletic Performance

Paul A. Harris, OD, FCOVD, FACBO, FAAO, FNAP

Dr. Harris will present the framework within which his work with athletes, from novice to the professional level, takes place. Sports vision enhancement is grounded in the fundamentals of behavioral vision care, but takes those principles much further in the specific application of meeting the unmet needs of the athlete. What drives all of this is the fundamental understanding that the primary purpose of the visual process is the direction of action; the direction of movement. Helping the athlete take in more visual information, with less effort and energy, will lead them to take better and more efficient actions in competition, allowing them to rise up the rankings and simply be better athletes.


A multidisciplinary approach to optimizing athletic performance after brain injury

Tanya Polec, OD,  Mo Mortazavi, MD

Drs. Mortazavi and Polec will discuss the diagnosis and treatment for sports concussions using a multidisciplinary team approach, including case reviews. The following will be covered: visual dysfunction in athletes following concussion, vision and body assessment for optimal function and performance, exertional rehabilitation staging and vestibulocular rehabilitation, and common residual visual deficits in athletes.


Establishing a Sports Vision Practice – Tips from the Pros

Jennifer Stewart, OD
Frederick R. Edmunds, O.D., F.A.A.O.

This hands-on lab session will provide participants with the opportunity to try various visual performance evaluation and training techniques and equipment under the guidance of experienced colleagues. Participants will perform, as well as administer, several advance vision training techniques and equipment. Established sports vision experts will guide participants through their discovery.


Athletic Trainer and Optometrist - The bridge to developing a vibrant sports vision practice

Todd Daniels, MS, ATC, LMT, CSCS

Head Athletic Trainer, Tucson Roadrunners/Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club (AHL/NHL)

Athletic trainers are often described as the “hub of the wheel” in the sports medicine team working with athletes. They are in constant communication with athletes, coaches, physicians, consultants, strength and conditioning staff, parents, teachers, and administrators. If you are interested in adding sports vision to your practice, or advancing the sports-related services you already offer, developing a relationship with your local athletic trainers can bridge the gap to the athlete’s world. Just as the athletic trainer’s role spans from injury prevention to comprehensive rehabilitation, they can help you develop a program across the entire spectrum of an athlete’s vision needs. In this session we will walk through all the entry points for working with athletic trainer to develop a comprehensive sports vision program from pre-season screening to advanced sports performance.

Performance Vision - Evolving the Practice of Vision Care in a Digital World

Khizer R. Khaderi, M.D., MPH

Founder, CEO of Vizzario Inc.  Adjunct Associate Professor at Stanford; Founder/Director, Stanford Center for Performance Vision

We are living at a time where technology can enable many opportunities in eye care.  How do we evolve our practices to address unmet needs in vision performance and vision rehabilitation?  How do get more eye care providers to recognize and adopt performance vision in eye care?  How do we meet the needs of athletes in traditional sports, as well as Esports?    Dr. Khaderi will address these questions, as well as share his experiences in developing the Stanford Center for Performance Vision.


Seeing What Others Can't: Cognitive Science for High-Beta Talent Selection

Chis Johnson

Director of Personnel, Pittsburgh Pirates

Insights and experiences evaluating sensation and perception in high-performing teams.


Experiences with the Gold Medal Volleyball Teams: Key things that I learned that can be applied to any sport

Robert Sanet OD, FCOVD

Dr. Sanet had the honor of providing Optometric Sports Vision Enhancement Training (OSVET) for the USA Men's Olympic Volleyball teams. The Head Coach recognized and publicly acknowledged the contribution of the OSVET to the team winning two Gold Medals. Dr. Sanet will share the crucial key underlying vision concepts for what he did and will share the evaluation and VT procedures that he performed.


Integration of Sports Vision Programs

Dyana L. Bullinger, MS, CSCS, USAW

The best programming in the world will have little effect if the athletes will not or cannot do it. The programming must accommodate the athlete or team’s needs, availability, and increase buy-in. Ms. Bullinger will discuss how sports vision is integrated for athletes and military operators at the United States Air Force Academy. There are several constraints at the Academy that guide programming. Ms. Bullinger will discuss different ways to accommodate these limitations and increase efficiency to allow as much training as possible.