• Kate Allgood

Introduction to cognitive sports training

What is Cognitive Sports Training?

Cognitive sports training is the next frontier for athletes. Over the years different aspects of training an athlete and making them great and being able to perform at their best has grown. First came the physical training. There was a time when athletes didn’t really train, they just played. This is continually evolving as teams look for ways to make their players better, faster, stronger and reduce the risk of injuries. After teams and athletes started incorporating the physical training they started to look at nutrition and realize what you put into your body greatly impacts the performance you get out of it. Now sports psychology is gaining ground and teams and athletes are understanding the power of the mind, but it is still a work in progress, with a sigma still existing it will be a few years before it is incorporated to the same level as the first two.

sports psychology is cognitive training. Cognitive training is similar to how one trains the body, think isolation, overload, repetition. The brain is a muscle, and in order to get the most out of it you need to train it. You need to develop and train to focus better, make better decision, have mental stamina to last an entire game, be good at tracking multiple objects, to name a few. The interesting thing is that many people don’t do anything to get better. They talk about needing better focus or decision making but they do nothing about it. This is where cognitive sports training comes in. This is why it is the next frontier, the athletes who utilize it are the ones that will stand apart. So if you are an athlete who is looking to get an edge to become better, then looking at ways to train your brain is a must. In following posts I will go what you should look at when diving into this world.