The Science Behind Training Athletics Mental Skills

According to Sancy Suraj who runs Knowles Training Institute in Singapore, “Performance in sport is dependent on mental cognitive skills. Cognitive training can improve memory, quick decision-making abilities and confidence”.

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New York, New York- In order to become an athlete, impressive fitness and physique are not enough. Let us admit it, gifted genetics and vigorous training are a big part of the result, but separating a legitimate player from the pretenders might have something to do with the brain capacity than with the muscle ability. Honing the athletic brain is one way to unravel one’s top-notch performance.

Athletes and coaches must learn to train their brains because advancing forward inside starts inside our heads. Brain training enhances cognitive function with the abilities to react faster, think smarter, overcome more powerful mental challenges and handle the stress of athletics and life in general.

To achieve this, a number of tools and techniques are designed to train the brain of the athletes in order to perform better on the court and in the classroom because we all heard it before that “Athletic performance is 90% mental, 10% physical”. Professor Jocelyn Faubert from the University of Montreal believes that dominance in any athletic domain “can’t be just physical; there’s something about their brains.”

Tools and techniques must be provided so that the athlete can practice at home each night. In 1924, German neurologist Dr. Hans Berger discovered that by attaching electrodes to a subject’s head and running them to a galvanometer, those electrical impulses could be read and recorded in real time. In the late 60’s, Dr. Joe Kamiya of the University of Chicago took Berger’s discovery a step further when his research proved subjects could control, alter, and train those impulses using a simple reward system. This marked the birth of neurofeedback and the first step towards performance brain training.

These skills can be greatly beneficial not just in sports, but also in real life. It should not be done as a once a week session but it should be part of everyday routine.

Chants and cheers surely can boost an athlete’s morale. Exerting less energy and attention to the execution of basic movements and by thinking in a fast manner, athletic performance goes way beyond. Dr. Deborah Attix, Medical Director of the Duke University Clinical Neuropsychology Service remarked that “athletes spend so much time training their bodies, but little is done to sharpen their cognitive abilities, which is critical to making smart and instinctive decisions during athletic competition.” While the spectators seem to be astounded with the speed of the pros in sports, the pros have recuperated their minds for the way they will react into the perplexity of the situation.

Leveraging neuroscience research into a dynamic technique for the athletic mind will definitely be the game changer in the fight for athletic supremacy.

(Reporting by Tony Abdollah; Additional reporting by Matt Spoller in New York; Writing by Robert Caden; Editing by Michael Vettel, contributer: Sancy Suraj of Knowles Training Institute.)

Source: Agencies/fspr news