Why Athletes and Coaches are Turning Towards Neuroscience

Dr Tom Nugent of the Platypus Institute tells us why athlete and coach education around brain training is already having an impact on performance.
John Portch

“Spending a day at their practice, riding on the bus with the team, living their life for a little bit, gives us the opportunity to inject their opportunity to improve their cognitive behaviour and performance in a way that makes sense for them,” says Tom Nugent, Vice President of Elite Performance Solutions at the Platypus Institute.

Nugent, admits to the Leaders Performance Institute that he would love nothing more than to ‘geek out’ with athletes when it comes to their use of cognitive training tools but, given his own background as an athlete, he prefers to bridge that all important gap between the science and the applicability of the science out on the field or in competition. He says: “It needs to make sense to them, resonates with them so that they actually really enjoy what they’re doing.”

Also on the agenda was the Platypus Institute’s desire to educate the teams, coaches and athletes they work with in order to promote the significance of the brain training and neuroscience as the next frontier in the world of sport. If coaches are continually stressing that 80% – or perhaps even more – of performance is mental then how are they tapping into their resources in pursuit of performance gains?

“The science is at a point now where we can make a significant and demonstrable from their neck-up performance.”

Further viewing:

Why Neuroscience Promises to Be a Game-Changer for Elite Sport



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