You’re probably thinking: “Identifying a play before it happens? Impossible.” But if you study enough and know which cues to look for, yes, you just may be able to figure out what the offense is doing before they even snap the ball.
There are 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter. The opposing team is losing 10-7 and is currently on offense, about to face 3rd-and-8 from their own 25-yard line. The offense lines up in a Shotgun Doubles formation (2 wide receivers spread out to either side of the quarterback with a running back flanked next to the quarterback). You’re the linebacker. What are the steps you take in identifying the play coming your way in just a few seconds?
Good players have the physical attributes to compete and contribute to the team. Great players differentiate themselves by their hard work, dedication, and mental training. They spend hours studying film to pick up on the smallest cues that could give them an edge over their opponent. They are also able to mentally process a wealth of information in just fractions of a second so that they can make quick decisions under immense pressure.
Great players then take their game to the next level by doing cognitive training to acheive superior on-field awareness and mental stamina to make the 'clutch' play, when the other players have exhausted their mental capabilities.
Josh Freedland is the President/CEO of Brain & Body Performance: New England’s Leader in Enhanced Neuroplasticity & Performance Training. Brain & Body Performance Applies Cutting-Edge Technology and Specialized Programs to Increase Mental Focus, Performance, and Recovery. He is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer, and currently does does both physical and cognitive training with high school, college, and professional athletes. In addition to working with athletes, he also works with clients who have ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Post-Concussion Syndrome, and Cognitive Decline. You can read more articles from Josh by visiting his blog at www.brainbodyblog.com
A graduate of Bates College, Josh received his BA in Psychology with a concentration in Biology and Health. As a starting linebacker on the Bates College Football team, Josh pursued his interests in sport psychology on and off the field. After experiencing a severe concussion during his Junior year in college, he researched controversial brain injury studies which led him to his thesis topic, “Measuring the attitudes and the likelihood of concussion reporting by testing implicit attitudes in collegiate football players.” He presented his research at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Northeast Regional Conference at Springfield College during the Spring of 2015.
Would you like to get in touch with Josh? You can find him training aspiring and professional athletes to take their game to the next level at Brain & Body Performance Clinic in Boston. Find out more details by visiting http://www.brainbodyboston.com/
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