Quantum Consciousness & Cognition in Sport
What is the importance of Cognition within Sport?
How does Cognitive training help in today's athletic arena?
First the basics - what is cognition?
Definition: cog·ni·tion / Noun
1. The mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.
2. A result of this; a perception, sensation, or intuition.
Cognition is a term:
It refers to the mental processes involved in gaining knowledge and comprehension, including thinking, knowing, remembering, judging and problem-solving. These are higher-level functions of the brain and encompass language, imagination, perception and planning.
Cognition is the scientific term for mental processes. It refers to the perception, acquisition, and memorisation of information of humans. More precisely, it refers to the thinking, knowing, remembering, judging and problem-solving abilities of humans. Cognition is studied in various disciplines such as psychology, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science. Usage of the term varies in different disciplines; for example in psychology and cognitive science, it usually refers to an information processing view of an individual's psychological functions. It is also used in a branch of social psychology called social cognition to explain attitudes, attribution and group dynamics.
What is the connection between cognition and sport:
The ability to make decisions whilst in the midst of high performance sporting competition (or the rate of Absorption of Information, at the same time as, Explosive Speed, Strength, and under Endurance Pressure). The Connection must be strong enough to maintain the reliability of the Athlete to work mentally and physically. Balance, Proprioception and cognition are all aspects of the brain's ability to perform at this high level whilst sitting on the shoulder of Speed, Power and Endurance.
Why is cognition so important in sport:
Athletes must be able to make split-second decisions under the pressures of activity or competition. Quite often this vital skill is left to chance, relying on the skill of the sportsman or athlete. Cognition in sport is so important because if you cannot READ the game, ANTICIPATE what will happen and REACT to stimulus, then an Athlete's effectiveness is drastically reduced.
Quantum Consciousness is the simultaneous manipulation of the brain’s power in sporting performance. This involves utilising its visual acuity, the behavioural ability to resolve image details, and emotional dexterity (skill) to improve training in elite athletes.
Quantum refers to the minimum amount of any physical entity involved in an interaction. Quantum Consciousness is where the brain takes the minimal amount of energy from the given aspect of the interaction to formulate the plan in micro time to produce the right outcome in mental, visual and physical activity at the perfect time. This takes specific training to achieve.
If we look at brain cognition in its familiar role of multi-tasking, we can see different objects in the visual field. These could be players, the ball, areas of the pitch, referees etc.
We can easily see how awareness and consciousness is a practical aspect of the cognitive process by bringing into MIND, what, where, how and when we need to function in the athletic arena. This all comes under the umbrella of external (to the body, that is) conscious awareness and cognitive abilities.
Now we want to look at the Internal Awareness, Consciousness and Cognitive Processing of the athlete. We need to consider the parts of the brain that give us access to movement, stability or balance during athletic participation.
The Cerebral Cortex is responsible for gross motor control of the muscle fibres for movement or stabilisation (running, jumping and agility).
The Cerebellum is responsible for fine motor control of the muscle fibres, which are used for skill-based accurate movements. For example, ball control and balance (standing on one leg whilst the other leg strikes the ball).
If I wanted to look at moving the whole body (approximately 70kg for me), this would be dealt with from the cerebral cortex by gross motor control units. On the other hand, body movements to kick a 16oz football are most likely to be done by the cerebellum, which governs fine motor control. From here we now need to look at cognitive processing.
Cognition in Sport In Action by Mick Clegg
As most athletes want to learn what is necessary to do well cognitively in their sport, without going on a brain training course, I decided to open a few little windows for them in the athletic conditioning brain box division.
To start with, here is a random example.....
Edwin van der Sar has the ball and Cristiano Ronaldo sees the possibilities. He checks his position, starts to move infield, watches Edwin throw to Rio Ferdinand to which Rio sees Cristiano check and swerve, then he is heading to the wing. Rio clips the ball over the City defence for Cristiano to take control at high speed, play the ball in front of him whilst observing two defenders bearing down on him.
Does he beat the two players or cross the ball to Wayne Rooney who is hurtling through from deep midfield at pace?
Should he chip the keeper - who now has come a little too far off his line - and score?
Can you imagine how much brain work is going on all at the same time? In an instance, if we could harness Cristiano's ability and use it ourselves what could it give us?
I am going to show you how and why I know it's possible.
Goodbye for now. MC
Olympic lifting requires the athlete to lift the bar as high as possible so to allow him to jump under the bar and hold it in either a front squat position for the clean or full overhead squat on the snatch. There is a millisecond phase where the feet leave the floor to either jump horizontally forward (split jerk) or sideways for cleans and snatches.
These horizontal jumps, forward or sideways, are the key to horizontal movements in sprints to the side or forward. Maximum force being used to leave the ground then push horizontally is the perfect primary explosive speed work for an athlete. That is why the Olympic lifts are key in exercise development for rapid movements horizontally.