Championship games will soon be upon us.
To prep for the exciting, and stressful, time, adding a cognitive training program to your player development model will help fill some voids in player’s deficiencies.
In the words of USA Hockey ADM Manager for Female Hockey, “so much of our sport replies on Hockey IQ and recognition skills. The players who have hockey awareness and hockey sense set themselves apart from the others.”
Improving hockey IQ, also referred to as hockey sense, might seem like an elusive skill to build. It refers to the ability to predict game flow, set-up plays, find space, and overall have the ability to understand the ice. A strong cognitive game not only improves performance, but it’s also a valuable skill for safety thanks to increased understanding of the ice. But how does a player improve this element of their game?
This is where The Hockey Intelligym comes in.
The scientifically-backed program uses tech originally designed to train the brains of fighter pilots for combat. The result? Athletes see improved awareness, anticipation, decision-making ability, concentration, and execution, in turn improving their performance and reducing their chances of injury. Thousands of players of all levels have used it to get a leg up on the competition.
The software program focuses on improving hockey I.Q. through 30-minute computer training sessions of a gamified program, ideally used 2 times a week during the season. Hockey IntelliGym is currently used by over 25,000 hockey players aged 10 to 25. If a player trains twice a week, results show up on ice after about 6 to 8 weeks. It’s also the official cognitive trainer of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.
“The IntelliGym is a platform that players of all ages can use to develop those crucial mental skills and it’s another tool our players can use to become better hockey players behind the ears,” says West.
So as you skate towards the championships, it could be the ideal time to sign on with IntelliGym to raise your game to the next level. For more information and to sign up visit www.usahockeyintelligym.com.