TRAINING ATHLETES FOR PLAYING AND THINKING AT GAME SPEED.
Our Game-Speed Training Platform takes the physical movements that athletes make in a game and adds sport-specific cognitive-processing challenges. Every moment of every play in every game requires an athlete to recognize & respond to a stimulus and then make a physical movement. The connection between the thinking and the moving can only be strengthened by training it with a cognitive load.
If every movement requires a cognitive signal as a switch, every drill and every repetition should require the same. Let's take the pro-agility 5-10-5 shuttle made famous by the NFL combine. In the NFL drill, the player already knows which direction they are running when the drill begins. And while eliminating the stimulus reduces that actual time on the clock, it also leaves out what might be the most important aspect of an athletes performance at the next level. The connection been the body and the brain. Let's look at a middle line-backer in football. On the snap of the ball, if he knew which way he was going the ball was snapped, he would be in the right position every time. However, it's never that simple. On the snap of the ball, which is the first stimulus that the athlete responds to (although certainly not the only one), BEFORE the player can move, he must use his eyes to gather information and process it BEFORE he can make a physical movement. This gap between what he sees and when he moves is called his reaction time. It is comprised of 5 components that are present (RADAR) in every response to a stimulus...
R)ECOGNIZE the stimulus.
A)TTEND what you could do.
D)ECIDE what will will do.
A)CCEPT decision and send message to body.
R)EACT body responds to original stimulus with specific movement.
Yes, the reaction itself is physical, but it is based in a cognitive process. The efficiency of the athlete’s cognitive process is known as their Speed of Processing (SOP).