Concussion – Vertical Tracking Smooth Pursuit Exercise With Pencil | Body Works Sports Physiotherapy

Concussion – Vertical Tracking Smooth Pursuit Exercise With Pencil

Hi, this is Dana Rahana from Body Works Sports Physiotherapy. And today I want to show you an exercise for tracking your vision. We see problems with this associated with neck injuries or whiplash injuries or concussion type injuries. And sometimes our eyes have a hard time following objects in space.

So to do this exercise, you'll need to grab an object like a pencil. Sometimes you can use your thumb if you prefer and hold it about arms like in front of you, maintaining a good posture through your neck. We want you to be able to focus on the pencil and not have it blurry. So ultimately we're going to work on raising and lowering the pencil about a foot above and a foot below you.

As long as you can do this without symptoms and trying to track up and down the movement. I also will have people do one eye at a time working on individual eye strength and repeating about five to 10 repetitions. Switching the opposite eye five to 10 repetitions, and then doing both eyes together, so they both can work together. Up and down five to 10 repetitions, trying to keep our head steady in space. 

If you have any symptoms with this, please stop. Sometimes we'll get eye fatigue, which will improve as you do this exercise. But if you're having headaches or other symptoms, then stop and have your practitioner reevaluate for you.