Elite ath­letes get the Cogs turn­ing

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Lead­ing tal­ents at the city’s big­gest sports clubs have been tak­ing part in a unique series of tests with Cog­nisess. The com­pany, one of the spon­sors of this year’s Bath Sports Awards, met with Bath Rugby scrum-half Kahn Fo­tu­ali’i and Bath City for­ward Adam Mann, as part of their Dis­cover your Tal­ent cam­paign. It is aimed at sup­port­ing peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds to dis­cover their tal­ent and po­ten­tial, and ul­ti­mately find the right job, ca­reer or sport to play, us­ing neu­ro­science-based games and ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence. 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 an in­di­vid­ual’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. Mann and Fo­tu­ali’i played three 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 is hap­pen­ing when some­one com­pletes a task. Used by ath­letes across all sports, the data pro­vides op­ti­mised per­for­mance in­for­ma­tion and sup­ports on­go­ing train­ing and de­vel­op­ment. While the duo played the as­sess­ments, the Cog­nisess team tracked the brains’ per­for­mance mea­sur­ing psy­cho­log­i­cal flow state – es­sen­tially how ‘in the zone’ some­one is when tack­ling a task. 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. Cog­nisess will be show­cas­ing its tech­nol­ogy at the Bath Sports Awards on Tues­day, Novem­ber 20, when the best and bright­est sport­ing tal­ent in the city will de­scend on the As­sem­bly Rooms for a glam­orous cer­e­mony. Tick­ets are still avail­able to at­tend the Sports Awards, which in­clude a drinks re­cep­tion and three-course meal, all from 6.30pm. For more in­for­ma­tion and to book your tick­ets for the night, visit www.bath­sport­sawards.co.uk.

Bath City front­man Adam Mann took part in the Dis­cover your Tal­ent cam­paign, run by Bath Sports Awards spon­sors Cog­nisess

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