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Developed by Nike’s former Global Director of Vision Science and his team of human performance experts, the REVs are an integrated strobe training system founded on science.

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Stroboscopic Training

Stroboscopic training is a style of training that can help enhance sensory skills.

The VIMA REVs incorporate stroboscopic lenses to improve sensory and sensory-motor skills. It does this by taking away varying amounts of visual information, forcing an athlete to be more efficient with the limited, decision-making information that he or she is provided. This powerful tool forces an athlete to, “keep their eyes on the ball” and ultimately, “slows the game down.”

Vision is the guiding sense for most human performance. Vision has most often been taken for granted by athletes, parents, coaches and trainers. But awareness of vision as a key component to performance is growing. Research has shown that regular strobe training can improve sensory skills like reaction time, depth perception, and focus.

See below for some highlights from research on stroboscopic training. To unlock the full papers and more, click the "Get Access" button below.


Here are a few excerpts from research on stroboscopic training. To unlock the full papers and more, click the "Get Access" button below.

Appelbaum, L.G., Schroeder, J.E., Cain, M.S., & Mitroff, S.R. (2011). Improved visual cognition through stroboscopic training. Frontiers in Psychology, 2, 276.

  • Stroboscopic training increases the ability to quickly process visual information.
  • Stroboscopic training led to a 25.7% improvement in visual motion sensitivity.
  • Strobe participants significantly improved accuracy performance by 2.21%, while Control participants worsened by 0.83%.

Schwab, S., & Memmert, D. (2012). The impact of a sports vision training program in youth field hockey players. Journal of Sports Science and Medicine, 11, 624-631.

  • The experimental group that trained with stroboscopic eyewear showed significant improvement in anticipation timing, as opposed to the control group who did not reveal any improvement.
  • The positive effects of stroboscopic training were shown to be maintained six weeks later in the retention test.

Mitroff, S.R., Friesen, P., Bennett, D., Yoo, H., & Reichow, A.W. (2013). Enhancing ice hockey skills through stroboscopic visual training: a pilot study. Athletic Training & Sports Health Care, 5, 1-5.

  • The strobe group averaged an 18.12% improvement in on-ice skill performance from pre-training to post-training, whereas the control group’s performance did not improve.
  • The strobe group wore stroboscopic eyewear one time each day, for a minimum of 10 minutes per day, for 16 days.
  • Professional ice hockey players performed better at relevant skills in their sport (goal scorers became better at scoring goals and defensemen became better at making long passes) after wearing stroboscopic eyewear during their normal practice activities.