The Athletic Brain – How Neuroscience Is Revolutionising Sport

Football is a game of anticipation and high-speed decision making. The best players in the world stand out because they are able to read the game faster and make better decisions under pressure. No one is born with this talent. Even players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have trained their brains through thousands of hours of practice, sharpening their mental skills to the point where they can literally score goals with their eyes shut, as Ronaldo demonstrated in a fascinating experiment. Pioneering coaches have opened their eyes to the brain’s untapped potential. They are implementing new training tools, technologies and techniques based on neuroscience and psychology that have the potential to change the game. Mick Clegg’s epiphany arrived in the middle of the night. He had been working…

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