EYE REFLEX TRAINING
“If you are able to follow the puck you will be a much better goalie.”
A goaltender must visually follow the puck all over the ice over the course of a game. Therefore your eyes need to be in top form when it comes to tracking.
We have very small muscles in our eyes, and they need to be trained just like all our other muscles.
Here at CGGC we have developed some exercises to help you. It's best to do these exercises when you get up in the morning, or just before you arrive at the ice rink to ensure that your eyes are reactive and alert.
Please note that in the growing age of computers, smartphones, video games and television, it is not recommended to watch any of these devices for an extended period of time (30 min or more). Take a break every now and then if you must watch light emitting screens for longer period of times.
The light will put a strain on your eyes for a short period of time…longer if you watch any of these devices for a longer period of time. Some of the conditions of to much light emitting screens are:
Dry or watering eyes
Changes in color perception
Difficulty focussing (1, 2, 3)
It becomes very difficult to track a puck with any of these conditions.
These light emitting devices will get your eyes adjusted to a narrow range of vision. A goalie must have a wide range of vision in order to track the puck and the fast paced and ever changing game of hockey.