Cognisess Hosts Elite Athletes from Bath Rugby and Bath City FC

Adam Mann, Bath City forward, and Kahn Fotuali’i, Bath Rugby scrum half take part in Cognisess’ ‘Discover your Talent’ campaign.

The campaign is aimed at supporting people of all ages and backgrounds discover their talent and potential and ultimately find the right job, career or sport to play. This is not by using outdated or biased methods like academic results, IQ tests or CVs, but with neuroscience-based games and AI.

The software platform comprehensively analyses a person’s abilities including cognitive, emotional, behaviour, career values, personality and core skills. This holistic view provides a better insight into someone’s true talent and potential.

By playing games and activities and using some of the latest brain wave technology, the athletes created performance benchmarks which anyone can be compared to. Cognisess Sport are event sponsors of this year’s Bath Sports Awards and will be showcasing their technology at the event on Nov 20th.

As part of the campaign, Adam and Kahn played 3 short cognitive games measuring task switching abilities, risk taking and response inhibition. Both athletes were fitted with a neurofeedback device (or EEG headset) as they completed the activities.

Neurofeedback is used alongside Cognisess’ software games and measures a person’s brain waves,  giving coaches greater insight into what’s happening when someone completes a task. Used by athletes across all sports, the data provides optimised performance data and supports ongoing training and development.

Whilst Adam and Kahn played the assessments the Cognisess team tracked the brain’s performance measuring ‘psychological flow state’ – essentially this is how ‘in the zone’ someone is when doing something.

All sporting professionals get nervous and something known as the yips can impact performance. This is typically if an athlete thinks too much about the technique, instead of focusing on the activity.

Measuring psychological flow state allows a player the best chance in achieving their optimal performance. This powerful tool can be strategically used to discover a sport person’s potential.

Athletes – both amateur and professional use Cognisess Sport to:

  • Map aspects of performance – including cognition, emotion, personality and skills.
  • Map their emotional wellbeing – does mood inform performance? Cognisess worked with the next generation of elite racing drivers and discovered the link between self-esteem, speed and car performance.
  • Map team fit – this allows the coach to observe whether a player would fit into a team before signing.  

Cognisess are giving guests of the Bath Sports Awards and Bath Business Awards an opportunity to play the games on the night. Guests will be able to compare their scores to Adam and Kahn’s and other sporting heroes taking part.

The top 3 places on the leaderboard will win a prize. Cognisess is excited to be showcasing the technology to a wider audience as part of the ‘Discover Your Talent’ campaign.

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Cognisess High Performance brings in the medals this Autumn

Over the past 12 months Cognisess Sport has focused on several high profile projects under the guidance of High Performance Coach, Jon Pitts. Jon has implemented cutting-edge, human performance analysis and coaching using insight provided by the Cognisess Pro platform across two very different sporting worlds: 3 day eventing and the Women’s Cricket Super league.

Firstly, as a High Performance Coach, Jon was invited to help the Swedish Eventing team develop a performance culture in response to an underperforming 10th place at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Jon commented: “Cognisess Pro has given us valuable insight into how to train our riders to manage the intense pressure and assess the risks associated with the sport. This has helped them with making good, positive decisions and executing their skills with more confidence.”

The result of applying this insight and coaching was a team bronze medal at the recent European Championships, finishing just behind Great Britain and Germany and with much positive attention from the Swedish media.

With a unique and interdisciplinary approach working across all sports, Jon was also able to bring new angles to the use of Cognisess assessments and insights within team sports. Working with Western Storm, the Kia Super Women’s Cricket League franchise, Jon has used Cognisess Pro to assess and create a benchmarked standard as to ‘what good performance really looks like’ and use that to focus mental skills training and raise standards within the development squad.

“The impact is two-fold” said Jon: “in a short format T20 competition you need as much information about key players and how to make them peak in their performance, and it also allows us to identify those key cognitive skills that the stars of the future will need”

At the beginning of September this work came to fruition, as Western Storm were crowned champions of the Kia Super League by beating the Southern Vipers in the final.

Jon confirmed: “Cognisess Pro supports better decision-making and helps hone skills which are crucial when competing in the fine margins within a high performance environment. It is this precision analysis and insight which ultimately makes the difference when operating at the elite level of any sport or high-performance challenge,

Cognisess CEO, Chris Butt commented: “by working at the very rarefied, pinnacle of elite performance in sport, we really get a critical understanding about people and behaviours which we use to shape the Cognisess approach to performance at work and life skills in general”.

For more information on High Performance Consulting contact: support@cognisess.com