Athletic Neuroscience: Reactive Agility in Sport

Ryan Glatt- HS Symposium 1.0 Speaker

This presentation reviews the current research and principles of reactive agility training and discusses guidelines for implementing these findings into practice, including the use of technology. Agility in athletic performance is an important skill to be tested and developed among athletes. Research on sport neuroscience continues to evolve, yet the applications to real-world training strategies are limited. 

Q&A for Session #6

What are the next steps or future of technology in agility training?

  • Reaction lights but more research is needed to figure out how they can be used and what they're beneficial for.
  • Mobile applications, such as SwitchedOn, are an excellent way to use technology at a low cast and in a scaleable manner.
  • Virtual reality is useful and similar to ecological validity but there are perceptual issues and the exact motor function is difficult to transfer.
  • The higher the tech, the less research, and the higher the cost (nanotechnology, non-invasive brain stimulation, neurofeedback, and others).

Is the SwitchedOn app for teams (groups) or just an individual?

  • It can be used for teams, groups, and individuals. It can be used in a variety of ways. Reach out to SwitchedOn for more information.

Is there a frequency or dosage for agility training? When is it too much?

  • If you already have a framework for dosage, see how much of that existing agility training can be made more sport-specific. (80/20 or 60/40 - the higher number being more sport-specific).
  • 2-3x/week is the general recommendation for neural motor stimulus for any human being.
  • There is also injury risk that needs to be considered.
  • Look at other things you can deprioritize in order to prioritize sport specific agility training.

Why do we still see so many coaches at the high school/middle school level sticking to traditional or old school SAQ training models even though the knowledge on neuroscience is out there?

  • If something is out there, it doesn't mean it has reached people. Neuroscience education is not part of coaching, personal training, or strength and conditioning education.
  • It can be seen as trendy and might take a while before it permeates general population knowledge.