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Learn How the Mastermind Sports Program Elevates Your Game in a Variety of Sports.

Integrate Body and Mind

Improve Performance in Any Sport

While every sport is unique, the way you win is universal: peak performance and a distinct edge. And with the level of competition rising at every level, you must train smarter to stand out. The Mastermind Program leads the cognitive sports performance training movement for athletes at all skill levels and in all sports.

 

Cognitive Sports Training Elevates Your Game

Cognitive Sports Training Elevates Your Game You have the opportunity to take advantage of an innovative training approach to gain a performance edge in your sport. The Mastermind Program is specifically designed to help athletes excel with the most comprehensive and concentrated training today in a wide array of sports, including, but not limited to:

Baseball

At one moment, baseball is precise and methodical. The next, it’s a lightning-quick burst of energy. Cognitive sports training helps you perform at every position and level of baseball.

Winning baseball requires a range of cognitive skills. At bat, you need a combination of visual acuity, reaction-time, balance, and hand-eye coordination: the ability to recognize pitches, swing at the exact right moment with maximum velocity, while perfectly angling your bat—all in a fraction of a second.

Defense is no different. Pitchers need the right balance and body control to throw fast and accurate strikes. And fielders can save the game by making each play, relying on their precise depth perception, dynamic vision, and timing.

Basketball

Basketball is a game of pacing, vision, and reflexes. Cognitive sports training improves game-critical skills, including balance, spatial reasoning, dynamic vision, and more. Whether shooting the ball, defending a player, or identifying your next pass, the brain and body are working together.

Think of the blend of cognition and athleticism that occur in a single possession alone: dribbling and ball-handling (hand-eye coordination), passing (decision making, timing, spatial reasoning, and depth perception), screens (balance and reaction time), isolation plays (ISO) (response inhibition, anticipation, memory and recognition), and scoring (balance and depth perception) all have to come together for one play.

In the modern era of the sport, where the pace of play and number of possessions are skyrocketing, three traits separate the leaders from the pack: skills, athleticism, and basketball IQ. Elite basketball players understand their role on both sides of the floor—and the way they impact the game when their brain and body work together.

Boxing

How can a sport with only four punches and a handful of moves be so captivating? If you’re a boxer, you know why they call it the sweet science: long before the intersection of sports, tech, and neuroscience, boxers won with a combination of prime physical conditioning, mental ingenuity, and supreme coordination.

The key to lasting every round—and the difference between knocking out versus getting knocked out—lies in the boxer’s brain-body integration. It takes balance, fast reaction time, and coordination to outmaneuver your opponent, short term memory, anticipation, and pattern recognition to outwit them, and mental focus and resilience to outlast them.

You win rounds when you run the ring, make clean hits, and defend your opponent’s blows: a combination of balance, reaction time, and pacing. You win KO’s with the right punch: a precisely-timed, balanced, and coordinated attack. No wonder peak boxers are celebrated for their mentality as much as they are for their physicality.

Football

With a high-degree of variability—52 opponents across three different units, dozens of schemes and plays, and every climate America has to offer, not to mention it’s sheer physicality and hostility, football requires elite mental and physical conditioning to succeed. Cognitive sports training benefits both sides of the ball: whether your job is to force the quarterback out of the pocket or catch the deep ball while juking off your coverage.

Regardless if you compete on the line, the route, or the backfield, the top players at your position earned their edge through cognition. Linemen rely on balance, reaction time, and coordination to block and tackle—not to mention response inhibition to avoid false starts and other flags. Kickers need balance, focus, and mental resilience to make the game-winning field goal.

As for skill players? Well executed plays require strong cognitive ability. Quarterbacks need to read defenses, track every player on both teams, make decisions and accurately anticipate and time their handoffs or passes. Backs and receivers—as well as their defenders—must get in sync with the quarterback in real time, while tracking both the ball and their opponent, then balance their bodies, react, and coordinate their catch simultaneously.

Golf

Anyone who’s played understands: golf is a very difficult sport. In a game where you’re competing with yourself, the sudden shifts of the wind, and touchy typography, you must develop the cognitive skills to be up to par. Cognitive sports training helps you make smarter decisions, angle and time your strokes, and balance your swing.

Whole-athlete integration improves your swinging and putting mechanics. Golfers must properly control their body in alignment with their focus to hit the ball with accuracy and velocity. They must also be able to modulate their mind and body for each unique swing.

Consider the mental conditioning it takes to plan each hole, even with a caddy. Spatial reasoning, visual acuity, and decision making all tie in together to inform your club and swing selection. And whether you’re playing a course again or for the first time ever, strong long term memory and pattern recognition benefits your ability to read a hole.

Gymnastics

Few sports require the whole-person skill and athleticism of gymnastics. Cognitive sports training helps you balance, coordinate, and react, while supporting the unique movements necessary for each event. With a strong foundation in skills and a brain-and-body approach, you gain the ability to perform at your peak and stick your landing.

In gymnastics, you compete on difficulty and execution. Therefore, every gymnast trains their brain and body to some degree: learning complex movements through cognitive processing and pattern recognition, then honing their balance and hand-eye coordination skills to perform them.

However, the best gymnasts earn their edge in the integration of the two. With your brain and body in-tune, you gain the ability to create and flawlessly execute winning sequences, combining critical in-movement skills like timing, focus, dynamic vision, and spatial reasoning.

Hockey

Think of how much goes into the ability to even play hockey, let alone compete in it: you’re balancing on skates, fighting over a tiny black puck, and going up against aggressive opposition—all on ice. If you want to take your game to the next level, cognitive sports training will help you develop the coordination, spatial reasoning, and reaction time you’ll need.

A fast-paced contact sport, you must have a degree of mental acuity (timing, awareness, and decision making) and physical ability (balance, reaction time and hand-eye coordination) to compete. But to win? You must excel as a whole athlete: to process in-game action and react faster than your opponent.

While the execution changes by the position, the foundational skills it takes to win at hockey are universal. Athletes who train for brain-body integration have an unmistakable edge: the sharp wit and reflexes to outscore and outdefend traditionally-trained competition.

Lacrosse

Consider the ball-handing, timing, and chess-like playmaking it takes to orchestrate a possession in lacrosse. Speed and endurance will help you in-play, but cognitive sports training builds the reaction time, focus, and hand-eye coordination you need to win more face-offs and to get you behind the cage—and ready to score.

Brain-powered training gives you an on-field advantage at every step of the game. Better balance and faster reaction time wins faceoffs. Dynamic vision, multi-object tracking, and decision making improve your ball-tracking, playmaking, and scoring.

But defense wins you games—and the more cognitively-inclined the athlete, the better prepared they are to defend. Defensemen and goalies channel the same skill set as attackmen, and layer them with response inhibition (ignoring fakes) and reaction time (stealing and blocking) to protect their turf.

MMA

It takes more than raw power and aggression to win in MMA. Every match, you face skilled fighters disciplined in exotic martial arts—many of which you may never even experienced before. So how can you compete? Cognitive sports training builds match-winning skills like anticipation, mental resilience, and decision making.

In MMA, you don’t have a teammate to cover your weaknesses. It’s you or your opponent. When you’re competing against someone who’s trying to take you out as fast as possible, and is prepared—if not eager—to hurt you, every advantage counts.

If you want to dominate, you must have the rapid decision making, split-second cognitive processing, and tough mental resilience to counter, analyze, and endure your opponent. As for your attack, balance and hand-eye coordination improve your ability to grapple, fight hand-to-hand, execute submissions, and deal takedowns.

Soccer

High-achieving soccer players know what it’s like to quiet the chaos of the pitch. A solid foundation in cognitive sports training develops key skills like multi-object tracking, decision-making, and cognitive processing. When you train your mind and body together, the game slows down for you—and opens your eyes to your edge.

Soccer is one of the most difficult sports in the world to win. And when a single goal can mean the difference between a win, loss, or draw, every decision an athlete makes—and every action they take—has a major impact on the outcome. Whether you’re locked in a 1v1, breaking down the pitch, or sealing the match with a shootout, every advantage is critical.

Whole-athlete training increases your advantage. Well-developed multi-object tracking and spatial reasoning improve your playmaking and passing. Your balance and coordination are key to your dribbling, striking, and shooting ability. Strikers and goalies alike need focus, anticipation, and dynamic vision—with victory going to the better skilled.

Skiing

No matter how many times you’ve skied a slope, every run is unique. Even the subtlest shift in weather can expose you to new angles of the mountain and alter the snow’s resistance. Cognitive sports training develops your balance, decision making, and reaction time, making it easier to pivot and adapt in real time.

If you’re an alpine skier, your ability to maneuver downhill, avoid moguls, and spot opportunities can shave serious time from your run. You gain the most results from highly-trained cognitive skills like depth perception, spatial reasoning, and decision making. If you’re a freestyle skier, additionally sharpening your coordination, focus, and reaction time can improve your jumps—and raise your scores.

Regardless of your discipline, cognitive sports performance training helps you reach your potential as a skier. From smart pole planting (hand-eye coordination) to edging and carving (balance), a brain-body approach can make peak on-the-slope performance feel automatic.

Tennis

As a tennis player, you’re well aware of the benefit of gliding into position, angling your racket, and timing your swing to precision. By working out your brain and body together, cognitive sports training hones your ability to understand the dimensions of your court, process your opponent’s moves, and improve your reaction time—then make the right move at the right time.

The player with superior court vision has the edge. What makes for great court vision? Being able to simultaneously track the tennis ball, your opponent, and, if applicable, your partner (multi-object tracking), predict the ball’s exact direction (anticipation), and assert your will on the court (spatial reasoning).

Your game also benefits from strong foundational skills: visual acuity helps with shot recognition, reaction time improves your rallys, volleys, and shots, and your hand-eye coordination influences everything from your serving to your strokes.

Track & Field

Every event in track and field requires the peak performance of your mind and body: you need precise reaction time to jump your hurdles, sharp hand-eye coordination to nail your hand-offs, and a tight combination of balance and focus to shave seconds off your run-time. Cognitive sports training improves your ability to act, react, and adapt at high speeds.

Events are won and lost in degrees. Stronger skills improve event-specific movements, increase results, and minimize obstacles—and compound together to unlock your edge. The athlete with the better focus and coordination is more capable of jumping hurdles and executing relays. Jumpers and throwers compete on balance and body control. Runners with faster reaction times and better balance shave off more time than their opponents.

Track and Field is a sport of variables: you’re exposed to a range of surfaces, lanes, environmental factors, and competitors. A mental edge can virtually erase those variables, giving you the focus and resilience to silence fear and insecurity, as well as the ability to adapt your movements and thrive despite them.

Volleyball

Whether you prefer to play indoors, in the sand, or on the grass, well-developed cognition gives a tangible edge to your volleyball game. Multi-object tracking helps you follow the ball in mid-air while identifying your teammate’s positioning and your plan of attack, while decision making helps you make the right moves to win your rally.

Integrating your brain and body through cognitive performance training helps you become a better athlete and teammate. Skills like spatial reasoning, reaction time, dynamic vision, and decision making improve your playmaking and shotmaking. Balance improves your stability, setting, and serving.

The most skilled volleyball players also train for visual acuity, pattern recognition, and anticipation. By learning how to identify shots, understand their opponent’s tendencies, and predict their moves, cognitively-inclined athletes gain an irreplaceable edge.

Wrestling

Outsmarting your opponent is critical to pinning them down. Cognitive sports training helps you recognize their behavior and patterns, anticipate their moves, and react swiftly, while developing your balance and coordination to keep you off the mat. A brain and body approach to wrestling training sets you apart from your competitors relying on force alone.

There are two ways to assert your dominance in the ring: physical ability and mental superiority. Major actions including holds, locks, pins, and takedowns require great balance, coordination, and reaction time. These skills pair your brain and body to improve your physical performance.

But world-class wrestlers recognize something average wrestlers don’t: your best advantage is in your mind. Mental resilience gives you the fortitude to last every round, withstand pain, and recognize escapes. Finely-tuned short term memory and recognition helps you break down your opponents and identify your opportunities—with strong cognitive processing accelerating that process. And with well-developed decision making, you’re able to make the right moves at the right times—and beat your opponent.

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