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by Thomas Kurz
In many sports, being able to correctly focus on a single object (i.e., target) is not enough. One has to simultaneously track multiple objects, such as fast movements of several players and of the ball. That ability to distribute constant attention among many moving objects can be measured and trained, too. There is a tool for it. That tool is NeuroTracker. Instead of writing a lot about it, I invite you to see sample NeuroTracker exercises here:
NeuroTracker benefits athletes of all sports, not just ball players. The multiple objects need not be players on the field. They may be key parts of an opponent’s body. For example, reading simultaneous movements of an opponent’s feet, hips, trunk, head, and shoulders lets a boxer, well, “read” that opponent.
You will get the most benefit from NeuroTracker training if you apply the “quiet eye” technique (see Perception, Cognition, and Decision Training: The Quiet Eye in Action by Joan N. Vickers). If you do it right, you may quickly acquire the ability to track multiple fast-moving objects without consciously concentrating on them. So, for example, while doing a NeuroTracker exercise, you will focus on a certain point with the “quiet eye” and yet, when checked by the program, you will know the position of every object you were supposed to track.
Not making a conscious effort to accurately track multiple fast-moving objects leaves your mind with free processing resources to focus on the main task–passing that ball or throwing that uppercut.
To prepare yourself for both the quiet eye and NeuroTracker training, you may use Gold Medal Mental Workout to learn how to deeply relax, concentrate, and shut out distractions.
This article is based on the book Perception, Cognition, and Decision Training: The Quiet Eye in Action by Joan N. Vickers (2007). Get this book now and have all of the info—not just the crumbs! Perception, Cognition, and Decision Training: The Quiet Eye in ActionOrder now!
If you have any questions on training you can post them at Stadion’s Sports and Training Discussion Forum.