As part of their commitment to provide players with the best rugby program in the world, Brumbies coaching staff have introduced the Eye Gym in an effort to sharpen responses and improve vision.
Set up on laptops in the team’s computer room, Eye Gym is a series of skill based video games designed to train the eye to take in minute detail.
Creator of the Eye Gym, Sherylle Calder, visited the Brumbies HQ last week to implement the system.
Scores are kept for each game and tallied to judge where the biggest improvements are being made and who the key performers are. Injured players are required to test themselves for every session they miss, while fit and healthy players are also encouraged to use the system regularly.
Players who have used the system before have reported better vision around the park and a greater ability to spot gaps both in defence and when on the attack.
Previously Calder has worked with Formula One drivers, tennis players, swimmers, jockeys, soccer players and rugby players. In rugby, her resume boasts teams like the All Blacks, England, the Springboks and a host of professional club teams.
From the Brumbies HQ Calder has travelled to Japan where she is working with Brumbies coaching consultant Eddie Jones.
Eye Gym will remain a part of the team’s overall program for the rest of the 2012 Super Rugby season.