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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

What can racing driver brain waves tell us?

Young racing driverAs part of our collaboration with Arden and the Young Racing Driver Academy, we’ve been analysing the brain waves of young elite drivers. We’ve already gathered some fascinating insights.

In the moving graph below we can see the four different brain waves – alpha, beta, gamma and delta – mapped along with speed and turn pressure. The graph shows us brain activity (y axis) over time (x axis), with speed and turn pressure overlaid.

The trace below is from a driver racing on a new track for the first time. Watch to see how the brain waves change over time as speed and turn pressure rise and fall as the driver goes around the track.

So what does this all mean?

Before you check out the video, here’s the neuroscience behind it:

  • Green = Delta brain waves

Delta waves show the underlying, unconscious activity of the brain. They are prominent while sleeping and meditating, and their activity is often triggered by feelings of compassion and strong emotion.

  • Blue = Alpha brain waves

Alpha waves demonstrate concentration for everyday tasks. They show heightened attention.

  • Orange = Beta brain waves

Beta waves show focussed attention on a particular task. They’re specific to focussing on one action, rather than paying attention to many tasks.

  • Yellow = Gamma brain waves

Gamma waves are linked to multitasking. They show different parts of the brain are working together, with activity switching quickly between different areas.

  • White = Speed

In this context, speed represents how fast the driver is going around the race track.

  • Grey = Turn pressure

Turn pressure is the pressure from the steering dampener. The higher the pressure, the harder the turn on the track.

Can you spot the patterns?

The activity of all brain waves often dips shortly before a gradual increase in speed. This would be explained by a brief period of rest following increased brain activity for a turn in the track. Watch the different brain wave patterns and see what predictions you can come up with.

These subtle patterns are just the beginning of our research. With increasing amounts of data, our Deep Learn™ machine learning engine will soon be able to make connections that allow us to predict driver behaviour and potential. For more information on our research with Arden, read Brain telemetry: Predicting the performance of elite drivers. And find out about the official launch of the study here: Cognisess at the Wearable Technology Show 2017.