NeuroTracker is used in over 700 cognitive training centers around the world. Here we get some key insights on how 5 leading professionals use the technology for rehabilitation.
Dr. John Sullivan, Sports Psychologist
Dr. Sullivan has a PhD in Clinical Sport Psychology and is an Applied Sport Scientist. He works with NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLS teams and is author of the “The Brain Always Wins”
“I use NeuroTracker to dive a little deeper than your symptoms checklist and use it as an objective tool among all the subjective measures we have as clinicians. During my evaluation I do a NeuroTracker session but if at any moment their symptoms come up, I’ll assign them to a PT – you need to really pace the program. Normative data is difficult to apply to concussion patients, as they are outside of the “norm” range. Consequently, you can only compare their progress to themselves.”
Dr.Charles Shidlofsky O.D
Dr. Shidlofsky runs Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas, is a leader in concussion practices and is team vision coach for Allen Americans, FC Dallas and Texas Legends
“NeuroTracker is a technology that can change people’s lives. If the patient can benefit from cognitive and visual attention training, we use NeuroTracker from the get-go. We always start with the NeuroTracker CORE program to establish a cognitive baseline. From there, we gradually move onto more complex programs – patients need to learn the fundamentals first! You have to start slowly and take a very individualized approach, using the right combination of therapies for a patient’s specific needs.”
Dr.Keith Smithson O.D
Dr. Smithson specializes in pediatric and sports vision at Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry – he is the Director of Visual Performance for the Washington Nationals, the team Optometrist for the Washington Wizards, Spirit, Mystics and D.C. United, and Sports Vision Consultant for the Washington Redskins and Washington Capitals.
“NeuroTracker has quickly become a must-have tool in our practice. If the patient falls under “neurocognitive intervention” then NeuroTracker will be incorporated in therapy. In concussion, we look at their CORE scores as they go through therapy and it’s one of the metrics we use to evaluate the visual component of concussion recovery. The most important factor is to see improvement in their CORE score and their improvement on other symptoms. It is the combination of these two things that is indicative that the athlete is getting better.”
Maxime Chevrier, Sports Psychologist
Maxime Chevrier is a sports psychology consultant and a performance and cognitive training specialist at Cappino Physio and Axio Health.
“NeuroTracker is the last line of defence. At the end, the results will give me the most information about my patient. You can pass other tests but fail NeuroTracker – whereas the other way around is really rare. If my concussed athlete is symptomatic, there is a protocol to follow. I will get them on NeuroTracker, but very slowly. If symptoms arise during a session, then we take a break or and assess the situation before deciding next steps.”
“To evaluate RTP when the athlete is symptom-free, we conduct a baseline CORE in a seated position and then test them again a week later after running on the treadmill. If they score similar to when they are rested, and they are symptom-free, then they’re ready to get back on the field. It’s not one protocol for everyone – you need to adapt your NeuroTracker protocol to the symptoms of your patient. I take into consideration what the client is telling me in terms of their symptoms and advance to more difficult modes when I see improvement.”
In a follow-up blog we will cover how leading coaches use NeuroTracker to improve performance outcomes for professional athletes. Until then you can get insights on NeuroTracker from other professionals in these Expert Corner articles.
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