July 23, 2013 at 12:56 PM
While National Youth Sports Week, which we celebrate this week, stresses the importance of organized athletics, LearningRx Warren is stressing the value of brain training for athletes of all ages. LearningRx is known for impressive gains in academic performance, but brain training can be a valuable training program for athletes as well.
“Our brain training absolutely helps in all areas of life,” says Marcia Douglas, Owner and Executive Director of the Warren area LearningRx brain training center. “We use it to improve focus, attention, memory, visual and auditory processing skills and even hand-eye coordination. Basically, our training builds better, faster more efficient brains, permanently. Of course that will help people become better athletes.”
Forty-five million children participate in organized sports across the nation each year, but according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, less than 1 percent of them will be good enough at any sport to earn a college athletic scholarship. Douglas says that’s another reason brain training is such a valuable investment. “Brain training will continue to pay off in many areas of life long after your child’s playing days are over. Yes, it brings significant improvements on the playing field now, but it also provides skills young athletes can take with them into the classroom or on to college – something that will give them an advantage for the rest of their life.”
Two years after finishing LearningRx brain training, 16-year-old Zach Knutsen says he still recognizes the benefits on a daily basis. “I know I’m a much better wrestler because of LearningRx,” says the high school senior. “I can read situations quicker and easier, and I can work on a move while mentally planning three or four moves ahead. Plus my grades are better, I can finish my homework much faster, and my memory is really impressive – way better than before the brain training.”
LearningRx Vice President of Research and Development Tanya Mitchell says remarkable gains in athletic performance are a common result at LearningRx, even for kids who are in brain training to boost academic ability. “Another nearly universal result of our brain training is an extreme boost in self-confidence,” says Mitchell. “That obviously will help athletes get the mental boost they need to thrive. Any athlete will tell you, confidence is key.”
LearningRx specializes in identifying and correcting the underlying cognitive skill deficiencies that keep people from achieving their full potential in school, business or life. Personal brain trainers use intensive one-on-one game-like exercises to quickly enhance weak cognitive skills such as attention, memory, processing speed, and problem solving. More than 25,000 students have gone through the training. To learn more, visit www.learningrx.com/warren.