Across amateur and pro sports, Cognitive-Perceptual/Vision training is fast-becoming the latest way to get an edge over the competition. Most athletes are not aware that there are a lot of drills and exercises that they can do at home and at the competition site to develop and prepare their brain, eyes and body to effectively and efficiently “read” and process the play at faster rates. The visual system plays a vital role in athletic performance.
“A top-level player must be able to track the flow of a game in order to make important in-game decisions and react effectively to the changing situation. This involves being able to identify multiple moving objects (players) and then track them in order to follow and predict the game as it evolves. It has been shown that the difference between elite and sub-elite players of team sports is minimal in terms of strength and fitness levels, but large in their ability to effectively read a game, process the information, and make effective decisions. For example, it is widely noted that in NHL, Wayne Gretzky was neither the biggest nor fastest player on the ice, but that he excelled at being at the right place at the right time through reading play with supreme effectiveness”.
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Numerous studies have tracked the benefit of Cognitive-Perceptual Training for athletes from many different sports. Some of the sports that have shown improvement in performance are Hockey, Table Tennis, Golf, Rugby, Soccer, and Tennis. For sports with rapid movements, the athletes who have undergone this type of training have a significant advantage over their competition.
Zone Health & Performance has partnered up with Neurotracker, Fitlight, Senaptec, Vizual Edge, and Reflexion to provide a variety of cutting-edge technologies that not only train the eyes but the brain as well. The biggest discovery in the history of neuroscience is neuroplasticity; the brain’s innate ability to adapt to environmental demands through functional reorganization, increasing pathway efficiency and growing new neural networks. In terms of the extreme cognitive demands of the sport, neuroplasticity is a major factor in any athlete’s performance potential. In principle, the process is similar to how muscles improve to meet performance demands when put under physical stress.
Zone Health & Performance Psychology improves an athlete’s performance by training visual skills such as:
Vision is the primary sense used by athletes and may account for 85% to 90% of the sensory processing demands during sports activity. Many sports science studies show that visual function is directly related to athletic performance and our clients often report the following benefits:
We start by using advanced qEEG (Quantitative Electroencephalography) technology that precisely measures your unique brainwave activity. It is performed to investigate brain wave patterns associated with concentration and attention.
The assessment usually takes between 3-4 hours and consists of:
Zone Health & Performance Psychology is proud to partner with Cambridge Brain Sciences. They are a leading provider of cognitive assessment tools for clinicians and medical practices, providing scientifically-validated cognitive tasks that produce objective measures across multiple cognitive domains.
A series of Cognitive Performance tests that provide objective and quantifiable measures of: