Leonard J. Press, O.D., FCOVD, FAAO
One player in the 2009 Super Bowl was given a major advantage over others while still a child. The 25 year-old wider receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, Larry Fitzgerald, has a grandfather and aunt who are optometrists in Chicago.
Dr. Robert L. Johnson, Fellow Emeritus of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD), first worked with Larry as a child to improve his visual attention and academic performance. Larry was an exuberant child, always on the go. The vision therapy procedures he worked on during summers with his optometric family in Chicago helped him academically.
When Larry turned 12, his grandfather recognized his athleticism and adapted many of the vision therapy procedures to develop high level eye-hand coordination. For example, to improve Larry’s visual control, spatial judgment and rhythm, Dr. Johnson would hang a painted ball from the ceiling and have him try to hit the colored dots on the ball with the matching colored stripes on a rolling pin.
All of the doctors in our VisionHelp network utilize this procedure, known as the Marsden Ball, to assist patients of all ages develop to their full visual potential.
To read more about this amazing wide receiver and the power of optometric vision therapy in helping mold him not only as a gifted athlete, but as a gifted individual, please read the following articles:
The NFL’s Most Exciting Receiver (Wall Street Journal)
There’s More to Fitzgerald’s Phenomenon (FanHouse)