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Case Study: St. Ignatius Girls Basketball

By Jamie Moran
St. Ignatius Girls Basketball uses NeuroTrainer to improve focus before practices and games.

NeuroTrainer helps the St. Ignatius Girls Basketball team to focus and shake off mistakes

THE CHALLENGE

Coach Maya Fok, St. Ignatius Girls Basketball

“The number one challenge I see with young athletes today is a lower work ethic and lower attention spans” Coach Fok explains. “5 years ago, I might have 3 or 4 kids zoning out during practice. Now it’s closer to 9 or 10 who have focus or attention problems.”

Not only do more athletes have trouble staying focused during practices, the amount of time that it takes to get them into a focused state is increasing. That means more time wasted in practices.

“It’s super hard getting girls to shift from school to practice. I spend a lot of time repeating the same thing at practices over and over. In a 2-hour practice, I might lose 30 minutes due to lack of attention and repeating the same things over and over.”

KEY CHALLENGES
  • 75% of athletes have attention problems
  • Zoning out, staring into space, not remembering drills
  • 30 minutes lost each practice due to lack of focus

THE SOLUTION: NeuroTrainer to improve focus?

NeuroTrainer was stored on-site in Pelican cases so athletes could easily train from the gym or on the road.

Coach Fok introduced NeuroTrainer to her team in 2021 and trained over the course of the fall basketball season. Maya had exposure to brain training in her work so she was interested in seeing how it would be picked up with her athletes. To keep engagement high, she trained herself regularly, and in fact used it herself to help with her coaching. 

TRAINING PROFILE
  • 13 athletes training over 4 months during 21/22 regular season
  • Average 2.5x 8-minute sessions per week
    Before practices & games
  • Average time in headset: 240 mins

“I think because it’s an area of your game that’s important but we don’t really work on it in practice, it’s cool to have time and space to work on this part of your game that can help separate us from other teams. Attention Flow helped improve peripheral vision and helps you recognize things without having to look directly at them. It helps you recognize your teammates out of the corner of your eye”

Jackie Acosta, Point Guard

As a coach and a coaching staff, I think we’ve seen the biggest difference in how they’re responding to us when we bring up new things or new activities, new drills. Their attention and focus and ability to focus and execute is a lot better.

Coach Maya, Head Coach

THE RESULT: 30 minutes saved during practices

St. Ignatius Girls Basketball uses NeuroTrainer to improve focus before practices and games.
St. Ignatius athletes training prior to practice.

Where scrimmaging had been a challenge with athletes not making the right reads and adding extra turnovers, suddenly the players were more inspired and locked in.

“It helps you see the full court, and helps especially on defense, having your eyes on your man and the ball.”

Mali Ennis, Shooting Guard

“It helps with reaction times and being able to get a rebound and pass to our teammates quicker.”

Payton King, Shooting Guard

“It helps me in game like situations because I have to be aware of everything that’s going on - where the ball is, where my teammates are and what I need to be communicating with my team. What NeuroTrainer helps me maintain and balance my focus in specific scenarios to make sure that I’m doing the best for my team.

Soon Ja Elzey Power Forward
KEY RESULTS
  • Got 30 minutes back on 2-hour practices = better skill training
  • General awareness was better
  • Sharp crips passes, better and quicker reactions
  • Adaptability on the fly with Improved sense of urgency

“I think because it’s an area of your game that’s important but we don’t really work on it in practice, it’s cool to have time and space to work on this part of your game that can help separate us from other teams. Attention Flow helped improve peripheral vision and helps you recognize things without having to look directly at them. It helps you recognize your teammates out of the corner of your eye”

Jackie Acosta, Point Guard
In our huddles, and when we would talk before a drill or before a play or timeout, in a game, their focus was better, their eye contact was better. Their ability to shake off mistakes and move onto the next play was a lot better.
Coach Maya Fok
Head Coach, St. Ignatius Girls Basketball

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