NeuroTracker

NeuroTracker emerged out of 20 years of neuroscience research to enhance cognitive performance and endurance. It challenges you to track multiple targets moving dynamically in 3D space. Training sessions are continually adapting for speed and complexity to ensure your brain is being challenged at a threshold that promotes the most change.

Shift has partnered with NeuroTracker to assist our patients in both their concussion rehabilitation, and sports performance. The systems and cognitive functioning that are impaired following a concussion are the same as what athletes need to perform at their best during competition. This is what makes NeuroTracker such a valuable tool for both concussion patients, and athletes striving to give themselves an edge to perform at their best.

Concussion Rehabilitation

Brain scans reveal that NeuroTracker training sustainably increases brainwave speeds, associated with heightened alertness and learning capacity. This is also associated with increased neuroplasticity, meaning that the brain has an increased ability to adapt and change to better respond to the demands of functioning in day to day life. Research has shown that the use of NeuroTracker enhances attention, alertness, working memory and processing speed. What does this mean? The use of this tool will allow you to use your visual system more efficiently in a way that allows you to better attend to multiple sources of information in your environment, pay attention for longer with sustained focus, and maintain enhanced awareness.

Often times following a concussion, we hear patients describe forgetfulness, word finding challenges, difficulty with multi-tasking, and challenges engaging in group discussions. When used in combination with an appropriate assessment and treatment program, NeuroTracker can help improve brain function by reteaching patients how to simultaneously integrate the systems that are necessary for recovery and can otherwise be difficult to train.

At Shift, we will incorporate NeuroTracker training into your post-concussion rehabilitation program to allow for enhanced recovery of cognitive and visual processing systems. We use NeuroTracker in combination with active rehabilitation exercises and programs designed by our therapists, tailored to the individual needs and level of impairment for each patient presentation.


Sports Performance

The best athletes in the world are not only in great physical shape; they are also great at
paying attention – paying attention to the most important targets, paying attention to
fast-moving targets, and paying attention to multiple targets at once – all for long
periods of time.

Reaching elite levels of performance is mental just as much as it is physical. Science shows that superior cognitive abilities give elite athletes a competitive edge, and that NeuroTracker training can directly improve aspects of cognitive function that are critical for ensuring high levels of performance. By improving the efficiency of the visual system, athletes can improve the following:

Attention:

    • Focus on key play opportunities
    • Filter out incoming sensory distractions
    • Stay sharp under high-pressure demands

Awareness:

    • See more opportunities in any situation
    • Interpret body language effectively
    • Perceptively slow down your environment

Decision Making:

    • Respond more quickly and efficiently
    • Improve your sensory accuracy
    • Avoid overly impulsive actions

NeuroTracker was found to be the only perceptual-cognitive training method that measurably increased athletes’ performance, which explains why it is used by top teams across the NFL, NBA, NHL and EPL to attain an edge over the competition.

NeuroTracker: Making You a Better Athlete

Multiple Object Tracking
NeuroTracker uses 3D Multiple Object Tracking to strengthen aspects of our awareness. On the field, this involves perceiving other players moving all around, identifying patterns, predicting other players’ movements, and processing biological motion cues.

Vision in Sports
When it comes to using visual search in a game, research has shown that the elite athlete can i) scan between fewer points in the visual field and ii) fixate longer on each point scanned. In other words, the most successful players are the most selective in terms of where they look on the field and what details they pay attention to.