Most people know about NeuroTracker from sports stars using the technology to up their game. However, NeuroTracker trains high-level cognitive functions in a top-down way, and this can transfer to all sorts of human performance domains. As we will see, this doesn’t just mean enhancing peak performers but also includes helping people attain mental abilities that we take for granted.
1. Boosting Sports Performance
It’s been almost 10 years since Manchester United F.C. – the world’s most popular sports team – began using the technology right out of the Faubert Lab. Since then pro athletes in major sports across different continents, have been getting in on the action to gain a competitive edge. In fact, the cognitive dimension of athletic performance is fast becoming the new way to attain sporting prowess.
A pinnacle example of a success story is Matt Ryan, the NFL MVP who the New York Times reported on as a disciple of the technology. In a rare interview, Ryan and told them that,
“We spend a lot of time working on our bodies, it’s equally important to have your mind operating on a high level. That’s key as a quarterback, to be able to see things and how they relate to each other really quickly, I think that’s exactly what NeuroTracker helps you do. I use it all year-round.”
The New York Times concluded that “NeuroTracker has grown into the most successful brain-training game in sports”. The most recent success story of leveraging this cognitive training is the Washington Capitals, who had pivotal NeuroTracker veterans help them claim the Holy Grail of ice hockey – the Stanley Cup.
Undoubtedly there will be an array of other cognitive technologies that will become standard training tools in the coming years, but for now, NeuroTracker is the only perceptual-cognitive method with peer-reviewed scientific validation, that has been demonstrated to enhance performance on the field.
2. Managing Concussions
Although there are many large studies underway or near publishing, recently published research is already showing how NeuroTracker can play a key role in solving the concussion crises. In particular, there is exciting potential to boost neuroplasticity and accelerate recovery, as well as assess Return-to-Play readiness. This is a major factor in pro sports, where athletes are often under pressure to compete before they are game sharp, increasing the risks of re-injury.
Leading concussion specialists across North America have seen the rehabilitation potential for NeuroTracker for years, and have been developing protocols to monitor and treat athletes and non-athletes alike.
Most notably, Shift Concussion Management have been active scientific collaborators with the non-profit NeuroTracker Applied Research Centre. Their goal has been to determine the best ways NeuroTracker can be used by clinicians treating mTBIs. As a result, they now teach a wide range of specialists on these best practices throughout their Canada-wide network.
3. Improving Educational Outcomes
Pioneering researchers at the Perceptual Neuroscience Laboratory for Autism and Development (McGill University) saw the potential for NeuroTracker to raise the attentional capacities of children. The goal was to help them overcome the challenges of learning disorders in order to improve their performance in the classroom. Attention is considered a fundamental skill for academic learning, with inattention being a major challenge to learning, as well as a key behavioural problem for teachers managing a large class.
Their ground-breaking research shows that significant gains in core attention capacities can be made with just a few hours of NeuroTracker training. They also reported that educators and parents saw big changes in the attentiveness, motivation, and behavior of the students trained. On the back of this, there are now a range of top educational institutes putting in place training programs to improve the learning capacities of students in general. Revered educational strategist Dwayne Matthews is a key advisor on this program.
4. Enhancing Military and Law Enforcement Performance
Soldiers and police men and women have to deal with life-threatening scenarios on a regular basis. Often these play out under intense psychological pressure with complex and rapid decision-making demands. For these reasons, elite US and Canadian special-forces have been using NeuroTracker to heighten their situational awareness and split-second decision-making abilities. In unpublished research, these personnel were trained up to show that improved reactions in Close Quarter Battle scenarios, such as clearing a room of threats, can reduce casualty risks.
US law enforcement agencies, and most recently the Canadian Mounted Patrol, have been similarly started conditioning their forces’ abilities to focus under pressure. An on-going study will also see if NeuroTracker training can increase the number of cadets that graduate through academy programs.
Military and law studies and practices are not usually made publically available. That said it’s reassuring to think that these personnel can make the right decisions, and avoid potentially life costly errors when performing in the field.
5. Increasing the Efficacy of Industry Training
From industry based skill-specific training to developing technical abilities in military or medical roles, getting individuals to perform to the correct standard whenever and wherever needed is a major challenge.
To this end, important technical jobs often require complex and costly training programs, such as advanced simulations and VR environments. But how do companies choose who gets this investment into their careers, and how do they ensure the training will be effective?
A giant in industry training, Rockwell Collins has been using NeuroTracker to assess trainees’ capacities to respond to training programs. Those who respond to NeuroTracker with steep learning rates show traits of high neuroplasticity and the cognitive flexibility to adapt to training generally.
Taking things one step further, they even studied jet pilots while performing live NeuroTracking when executing complex flight maneuvers. From the data, they can assess the optimal training load for an individual pilot so that their program can be adapted specifically to their needs. It’s also expected that the combined training will improve piloting skills over time.
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