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ISVA Appoints New Members to Board of Directors

The group welcomes Donald Teig and Greg Appelbaum.

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Donald Teig and Greg Appelbaum

(PRESS RELEASE) NORTH ROYALTON, OH — The International Sports Vision Association (ISVA), an interdisciplinary group of professionals dedicated to advancing the field of vision training for athletes of all ages and levels to help them achieve peak athletic performance, announced the appointment of Donald Teig, OD, FAAO, and Greg Appelbaum, PhD, to its board of directors.

“Don and Greg bring a rich mix of backgrounds and experiences that will help ISVA increase public and professional awareness of the positive impact that vision training and enhancement of vision skills can have on athletic performance, and educate practitioners about how to build and enhance a sports vision specialty,” says ISVA President Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD.

A pioneer in the field of Visual-Neurocognitive Training, Teig began his sports testing and training career with 15 teams in Major League Baseball in 1980 and, throughout his career, has evaluated and trained athletes from virtually every sport. He has authored numerous articles and books on the relationship of vision to improved athletic performance, lectured throughout the world, and has originated much of the equipment and many of the techniques being used in the field today.

He is the founder and medical director of The A Team – High Performance Vision Associates, a 65-member group of elite sports medicine professionals, and executive director of “The I Gym”, a cutting edge Visual Performance training center in Sunrise, FL, that serves as the exclusive vision care providers for the NHL Florida Panthers Hockey Team.

Teig was a past president of the former International Academy of Sports Vision which was affiliated with the American College of Sports Medicine, and past chairman of the Sports Vision Section of the American Optometric Association, where he received Sports Vision Specialist of the Year honors.

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Appelbaum is an associate professor in the Duke University School of Medicine, where he heads the Human Performance Optimization Lab (Opti Lab) and directs the Brain Stimulation Research Center. Appelbaum holds appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychology and Neuroscience and is an affiliate of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.

His research addresses the brain mechanisms underlying visual-motor control, and how these systems can be improved thorough behavioral, neurofeedback, and neuromodulatory interventions. Since 2011, Dr. Appelbaum has been conducting DARPA and Army Research Office-funded research addressing the role of vision, and vision training in sports. This line of research has included randomized and controlled studies testing vision training interventions, has been conducted with thousands of athletes at all levels of accomplishment, and has led to over a dozen research articles and three review articles.

For more information, visit www.sportsvision.pro.

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