Cognitive challenges stem from a person’s level of cognitive function, which is the mental process of understanding knowledge through thoughts, experiences and senses. Cognitive challenges, like forgetfulness, inability to focus, and fogginess are commonly linked to normal aging. If a person can keep their brain working at a high level, it will decrease the probability of developing these cognitive challenges. The key is to limit the factors of life that damage cognitive function, like physical (trauma), chemical, and emotional stress, and increase the brain’s function through specific brain exercises or therapy.
Sports performance is based on an athlete’s ability to use his/her senses to take in the game around them, interpret what is going on, and execute the appropriate actions to perform highly and place themselves in the best position to win. Control of these functions lies within the brain. The better the brain is working, the better it can take in sensation from the environment, process that sensation accurately, and respond to that sensation with a muscle action. When performing at an elite level, milliseconds matter. All athletes should consider a functional brain analysis to ensure optimum performance.