Cognitive Sports Training - Kinesthetic Integration
Cognitive sports training is based on the concept of neuroplasticity. Brains can gain neural realestate at any time.
Athletes are performing unbelievable feats of skill. Since 1980, speeds have increased, size has skyrocketed, and athletes continue to push the boundaries of strength.
It is essential to ask the athletes brain for equal advances in order to stay competitive in the game.
Since 1980 the average player size has increased in weight and height. Football hosts some of the greatest differentials in size. Within a single position size difference can be +20%. Additionally, in 1980, the "jumbo lineman", players at last 6'3" and 300 lb, didn't even exist. Until 1970, most players were similar in size. Now positions are extremely specialized and a 5'8", 180lb athlete can find himself facing a 6'3", 320 lb giant. Out thinking and out maneuvering your opponent is a critical strategy for protection as well as game success. Available cognitive training options are growing and essential. Brain training is now as imperative as training strength, agility, and speed.
In hockey, its all about the slapshot. Equipment developments have created a small rocket launch ability. Add to that a 15" height differential between players and a 10% increase in weight since 1980 and players and pucks interacting can be catastrophic. Again, the faster an athlete sees, the more an athlete comprehends, and quicker they react, the most likely a game will end in success.
The brain is the CEO and executive staff organ of our body and functions on similar principals to a muscle. It needs consistent workouts, including: exercise, nourishment, and rest, to stay strong and continue to grow. Through exercise you increase communication between various areas in the brain and your body. By exercising our brains we develop important skills used to: think clearly, process information, recall with speed and accuracy, and develop/maintain choice in action and reaction.
Our brain controls our autonomic nervous system regulating whether we function in fight-or-flight (lower brain) or use higher level thinking (upper brain) or develop choice between the two.
By regularly giving our brain challenges and pairing those challenges with external input, simulating life experience, we gain a voice in how we act and react in a given situation.
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Who can grow their brain? – EVERYONE!
- Young people – ATHLETES – students – CONCUSSION PATIENTS - people certain and uncertain - WORKING ADULTS - those with medical conditions – TEENAGERS