Being a professional athlete is no easy feat, and it certainly takes more than just natural talent to excel in the sports world — although talent does help. What the public sees on the field, on the court, or in the rink is a small fraction of what it means to be a professional athlete.
Attaining professional athlete status not only requires extensive physical training to improve strength and endurance, but it is also necessary to maintain mental and emotional well-being. Most successful athletes focus on training and conditioning several hours a day, sometimes up to six days a week.
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One can only imagine the determination and drive a professional athlete must possess to continue pushing forward. But drive is just what former Cherry Creek High receiver Joe Parker has. According to his interview with 9News Denver, Parker takes the time to invest in his overall well-being by doing a number of things, and visiting our NeuraPerformance Brain Center is one of them.
NeuraPerformance Brain Center
At NeuraPerformance Brain Center, we offer four core technologies to bring clients a custom program to promote brain health and improve brain performance. For athletes, this means physical and mental performance can drastically increase as long as the brain continues forward in a momentum of growth. NeuraPerformance technologies, therefore, offer the most advanced sports science technologies to empower athletes to push to the next level, much like Joe Parker.
With NeuraPerformance, athletes can participate in three services meant to increase sports performance: GyroStim, Baseline Concussion Testing, and Dynavision D2™.
Gyrostim is a brain training exercise that strengthens three fundamental cognitive processes: perceive, process, and react. The GyroStim combines motion, laser targets, and memory exercises to provide the most well-rounded training to drive athletes to their peak performance.
The GyroStim is mounted on a multi-axis rotating chair that spins on the pitch axis and yaw axis. The goal? Hit as many targets as possible using a laser pointer while in motion. As your ability increases, each level will also increase, bringing you a novel challenge unlike the former. The results of which are translatable to the field, giving you a leg up on your competition.
Baseline Concussion Testing
The sad reality of being a professional athlete is that concussions are not a rare occurrence. If you have suffered from a head injury, the consequences of avoiding treatment can mean the loss of your athletic career. At NeuraPerformance, we provide concussion treatment that includes testing problem solving, reaction time, the ability to concentrate, and memory skills.
Referred to as D2, this service focuses on neuro and vestibular rehabilitation training. D2 connects cognitive and physical processing to enhance coordination and help you make better and faster decisions.
The Dynavision D2™ consists of 64 light switches that the athlete will push when lit up. Athletes simply stand in front of the board and hit the color they are instructed to hit. This technology will track data to monitor performance and identify areas that need improvement.