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Sports vision specialist Dr. Donald S. Teig has served as vision consultant to many professional sports teams in areas including baseball, football and hockey.

As director of the Institute for Sports Vision in Ridgefield, Conn. and founder of Sports Performance Centers of America, Dr. Teig works with a multidisciplinary network of sports medicine experts.

For more than 25 years, Dr. Teig has been a recognized leader in sports vision and visual-motor performance training. He and his associates have provided specialized vision training for several major league baseball teams, NBA basketball teams, NFL football teams and NHL hockey clubs. Dr. Teig also has helped enhance the vision of many professional golfers, tennis pros, Olympic athletes and members of the Joffrey Ballet.

Dr. Teig's many activities and honors include:

  • Sports vision consultant to the Vistakon Vision Care Institute "Sweet Sixteen" Performance Team for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the New York Knickerbockers basketball club, the New York Yankees baseball club, the British West Indies Cricket Club and the National Hockey League Officials.

  • Selection as the Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor in Practice Management at the University of Houston for 2006-2007.

  • Past president of the International Academy of Sports Vision, affiliated with the American College of Sports Medicine.

  • Past chairman of the Sports Vision Section of the American Optometric Association, where he received Sports Vision Specialist of the Year honors.

Dr. Teig has authored numerous articles on the relationship of vision to improved athletic performance. He has lectured throughout the world on this topic and has originated much of the equipment and techniques being used in the field today.

As a sports vision specialist, Dr. Teig has appeared on several network television and radio programs, including featured segments of The Today Show, Dateline NBC, ESPN Sports Center, The View and programs on HBO. He has also hosted and contributed to sports segments on New York's all-sports radio station, WFAN, earning him the nickname of "Doctor Jock."

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