NeuroTracker & Situational Awareness During competitive play an athlete is observing a dynamic and chaotic 3D scene, with players moving in all directions and game-flow changing constantly. He needs to read the game, understand what is going on, and anticipate the developing tactical situation to react quickly and efficiently to these changes. NeuroTracker enhances performance by training the perceptual-cognitive functions that are used when tracking multiple moving targets. Perceptual-cognitive processing has been recognized as a critical aspect of an athlete’s skillset and a major determinant of elite ability (Ward & Williams 2003). Training raises thresholds for this ability and conditions the athlete to better follow moment to moment changes in situations of dynamic movement.
Being overwhelmed The sheer volume of information an athlete is exposed to during play, coupled with the high pressure of competitive play can be overwhelming, leading to a loss of situational awareness through peripheral narrowing (Williams, Elliott 1999). Recent research in the NHL has also suggested that the majority of concussions are sustained when a player loses awareness of peripheral collision threats due to gameplay intensity. To perform effectively, an athlete must be aware of the state of play and the positions of other players, both in order to make effective tactical decisions, and also to avoid injury.
NeuroTracker Training NeuroTracker training has several performance benefits that enhance an athlete’s tracking skill, enabling them to be more aware of game flow and process game information more rapidly:•
Efficient Search strategy – an athlete trains to spread their attention throughout a wide visual field, using peripheral vision cues to track targets simultaneously rather than moving the eyes from object to object. Raise Tracking Skill – through the effects of neuroplasticity, an athlete can raise their tracking skill above their previous threshold – enhancing continual awareness of several moving objects. True 3D – NeuroTracker’s training environment activates the same mental processes as in-game target tracking. Cognitive Processing gains – the improved efficiency of perceptual-cognitive processing an athlete gains from training frees previously tied-up mental resources for use in other tasks e.g. assessing tactical options and identifying collision threats. In effect being able to handle more cognitive tasks.
Through NeuroTracker training an athlete will gain the perceptual-cognitive skills necessary to improve situational awareness in dynamic game situations and maintain it during high pressure play. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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