How to Train the Brain: Cognitive Training in Lacrosse
Tue Mar 17 2020 | Kenny DeJohn | Fuel
PHOTO COURTESY OF TEMPLE ATHLETICS
This article seems within the March 2020 version of US Lacrosse Magazine. Don’t get the magazine? Head to USLacrosse.org to subscribe.
Bonnie Rosen has at all times been eager about discovering a coaching means that extends past the lacrosse box. That pursuit has taken her past the restraints of bodily coaching in its entirety.
The Temple girls’s lacrosse trainer makes use of virtual reality technology instead approach to teach her staff, a part of an cutting edge wave of cognitive exercising that flexes muscle groups oft-forgotten about — within the mind.
“The benefit to a virtual training system is for anyone who is injured, or if we’re dealing with a physical limitation and we don’t want to get our team too tired,” Rosen stated. “Putting someone in a safe, virtual environment where there are mistakes no one can see and you can learn something, I think that’s still a really good use of it, too.”
Rosen stated the Owls fundraised to buy 10 Oculus Go headsets closing January, then bought one more moderen fashion — the Oculus Quest — extra lately. The preliminary “workouts” lasted 15-20 mins and came about 3 times a week.
Temple makes use of NeuroTrainer, a neuroscience-based coaching app on Oculus, that turns games into cognitive coaching classes.
Rosen, who’s enthusiastic about cognitive coaching and researches its deserves continuously, stated there’s no evidence simply but that VR tech improves athletes. There are ancillary advantages, despite the fact that.
“I don’t know if I can say if there’s that payoff,” Rosen stated. “One of our goalkeepers, she was really committed to it last year. I don’t know that she saw the results from what she did in the NeuroTrainer to on the field, but she definitely learned about herself.”
The battle, Rosen stated, is that it’s just about not possible for coaches to grasp what’s going thru an athlete’s thoughts or the place the athlete’s eyes are located at any given time. That’s the next move, she thinks.
Nicole Morris, the landlord of SportsSight Dynamic Vision Training in Houston, Texas, is a countrywide instructor in the USA Lacrosse Coach Development Program who holds a Level three certification. She makes use of Reflexion, the arena’s first transportable neuro-fitness carrier, as a method of coaching an athlete’s mind.
“We now have the technology, and now it’s affordable,” Morris stated. “We can assess with high-speed cameras and computers how the eyes are moving — if they’re moving together; how fast they’re moving. We can calculate the time it takes for you to get a cue and then do it. How long it takes for you to process.”
Reflexion, featured at the USA Lacrosse Convention in Philadelphia, makes use of lightboard technology and an app that may observe efficiency. Morris stated the learning classes closing simply Eight-10 mins, and there’s little to no restoration. She stated it could possibly assist lacrosse players see taking pictures lanes ahead of they open and assist goalkeepers with their response instances. It is also confirmed to assist with studying velocity and comprehension.
“You want to be able to beat your defender,” Morris stated. “Dodging, you can spend all the time in the world teaching the mechanics, but the two mistakes that happen are that you do it at the wrong time or the wrong distance away from the defender. That’s all judgment.”
Another company on this house, FITLIGHT, “allows the user to enhance their existing training protocols by adding cognitive loads to it,” director of gross sales Rob Bouw stated. “Combining the visual and auditive stimuli that the FITLIGHT Trainer offers to your lacrosse training allows you to train your decision-making process by making your brain (prefrontal cortex) more efficient.”
FITLIGHT is a wi-fi response coaching software that makes use of LED lighting fixtures and a tablet controller.
The lighting fixtures act as goals that users will have to deactivate all the way through a coaching consultation, which sends information again to the tablet to be analyzed. The LED discs are sufficiently small to be taken any place.
“Your brain and your vision are very much intertwined,” Morris stated. “We are teaching focus, concentration, executive function and mental organizational skills.”