NeuroTrainer helps the St. Ignatius Girls Basketball team to focus and shake off mistakes
“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.”
- 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?
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.
- 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
THE RESULT: 30 minutes saved during practices
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.
- 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