On-line Visual Agility Training!




Foreword from creator


The Importance of Mental Agility



Many sports require not only good physical skills, but a strong mental agility as well. Especially in

hockey where hundredths of a second or tenths of an inch separate the winner from his opponent.

The extra edge in time or space can be extremely crucial.

For most hockey players of all ages and levels the physical training is 90% and mental development

around 10%. Only numerous hockey players are turning towards mental agility to take their game to

the next level. All of the studies in sport science and in my own research show that mental agility

successfully improve physical skills,  not matter if you professional or a recreational player.

The benefits of mental agility training have proved on any level in many sports.

In hockey I found that the children who do on-line visual training had significant improvement in

the accuracy and quickness of their physical skills compared with children who ignore on-line visual training.

I recommend incorporated on-line mental development at along physical practices with team.

My on-line programs not only can improve physical performance but it also seems to enhance motivation,

mental toughness and confidents, all which will help elevate your level of play.

I am sure that on-line visual training will substantially improve player ability to quickly read and react to

live game action.

For the past 3 years over 200 online hockey students from Canada, Sweden, USA and Czech Republic

tried my online visual training  “Track the Puck”, “Dynamic Vision”, “Wide Angle Vision”,

“Hockey Sniper” and improve their reactions and reflexes.

Online visual training helps my hockey students to see the game with more speed and comprehension.


  After 33 years from 1972 world hockey series, NHL now opens a new era in professional hockey and welcomes all “small” players like whiz kid Sidney Crosby to bring excitement to the game.

Now, we finally understand that just “big body with a slow mind” does not play such an important role in today’s hockey. However, perhaps most surprisingly, it turns out that the majority of exciting players to watch for, are actually below six feet tall with sharp vision and clever game thinking skills. The NHL knows that today’s game with passionless performance will quickly shrink the fan base.

Being a coach in gymnastic, figure skating in former Soviet Union and more then past 30 years working with hockey players in North America, I see a different level of competitiveness in children who play hockey and children who perform to win individual sport title. In the first group I see more immature and recreational players who are inclined to  physical power and ignoring mental development. In this group I see less “winners-losers with a competitive passion” and more “happy” participants without passion to win. The second group shows more competitiveness, aggressiveness, ambitiousness and physical and mental approaches are taken equally.

  I strongly believe that if you’re a young hockey player and seeking to achieve winning maturity, you must be strong “all around from neck down to neck up”. Before trying to win you have to learn to survive not only physically, but also mentally.

My believes are based on Newton’s 3rd law of motion which states that any reaction always equal an opposite action. Moreover, players, besides competing against other humans, compete against nature such as ice, balance, time and space. How can this relate to hockey? In hockey two team’s forces striving against each other for the purpose of dominance to score the most goals. In order to win in a hockey game, you need to “see ahead and think ahead where you have to be” and also “react with body power and accuracy” in fractions of 45 seconds shift.

   First two abilities belong to the mental control. If you ignore mind development, you will be playing game, like pawn playing chess with limited quantity of skills.

   Wayne Gretzky, in my opinion, is  still the greatest records holder in the modern hockey. The secret of the Great One’s “Miracle On Ice” is that he is always ahead of others in competitiveness “below and above the neck”.

   In late 70’s I started seeking for more effective skating and stick - puck technique and developed hockey agility skills from “neck down” with exciting skating turns, edge’s control and accurate stick-puck coordination. In late 90’s I started to research for more effective on ice game thinking skills to win the game and develop mind agility skills from “neck up”.  In 2003 I developed on-line home training games, like “Track the Puck”, “Dynamic Vision”, “Wide Angle Vision” and “Hockey Sniper” in order to improve visual and mental pathways for reducing thinking time and slow down the game. My on-line program is the real key factor to experience your full mental potential for successful athletic maturity.


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                           Dr.Yasha Smushkin


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