Brain Training for the Mayor of Bridgewater and Local Athletes
Mayor Hayes of Bridgewater gets a brain busting challenge with LearningRx Warren Director, Marcia Douglas
[Warren, NJ; May 3, 2012] – Among attendees at the April 14th Bridgewater Little League Opening Day Celebration was Bridgewater’s, Mayor Daniel Hayes, Jr. Competitive in spirit, Mayor Hayes accepted the challenge to “test his brain power” in an exercise commonly used
in LearningRx cognitive skills training called “Attention Arrows”. LearningRx Warren thanks Mayor Hayes for being a good sport and showing off his brain skills.
The attention skill the Mayor exercised while doing the “Attention Arrows” procedure is just one of seven core cognitive skills tested, targeted and trained at LearningRx, a local brain training Center in Warren. While many
students enroll in a LearningRx brain training program for academic improvement, cognitive skills like attention, processing speed, and memory are also vitally important for a person’s athletic performance.
For millions of American kids ball practice is as much a part of growing up as bedtime and homework. An estimated 45 million kids participate in youth sports across this country every year, and often they start early. The benefits can be far-reaching. Aside from the obvious physical advantages, participating in sports can build self-esteem and confidence, leadership skills, and self-discipline. It can also teach the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, time management, perseverance, cooperation and more. Plus, and perhaps most importantly for kids, it can be a whole lot of fun.
Unfortunately, as kids get older, the cost to keep competing can be staggering: high-tech gear and mandatory equipment, fees, travel costs and medical expenses, plus personal training sessions and specialty sports camps that can run upwards of $400 per day. According to the Industry Statistics Sampler for Sports and Recreation Instruction, sports and recreation instruction was a $2.4 billion industry in 2002. Since then, the industry has exploded with most revenue coming from camps and schools that offer athletic training.
This type of instruction is not generally aimed at the average 5-year-old distracted by dandelions during T-ball, but at the high school athlete shooting for a spot on the team or a door into college. And that college dream is a long shot: the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) awards about $1 billion in athletic scholarships each year, but according to the National Center for Educational Statistics, fewer than 1 percent of the kids participating in organized sports today will be good enough to earn any of that.
“A valuable alternative to specialized athletic training is often brain training,” says Dr. Ken Gibson, author of Unlock the Einstein Inside: Applying New Brain Science to Wake Up the Smart in your Child. “The right type of brain
training can absolutely give a child a competitive edge in sports. An intense, personalized, one-on-one brain training program will improve focus, attention, memory, visual and auditory processing skills and even hand-eye coordination.
Obviously that will help them become a better athlete, and it may take them to the next level, but unlike most sports training, brain training will continue to help them even if sports doesn’t get them into college.”
Elite athlete Cerge Sincere didn’t realize the power of brain training until after his playing days at Florida Atlantic University when he became a brain trainer at LearningRx in Boca Raton while trying to further his football career. “Training these kids has forced my brain to become faster and smarter too. I think quicker now. I can remember things way more easily. I truly feel like this has helped me tremendously and I think this could help anyone become smarter and a better athlete.”
Many parents who enroll their kids in a LearningRx program for academic reasons are surprised by the quick athletic improvement. One local mom from Basking Ridge says she saw changes almost immediately when her 12-year-old son started training at LearningRx Warren. “It not only helped him academically, but it also helped him
in sports,” she said. “He’s a better athlete now because of the training.” Indeed, with his improved attention, focus and confidence the student won the local Basking Ridge Little League Home Run Derby last spring and was awarded Most Valuable Player for a basketball tournament this winter.
“Brain training will continue to pay off in many areas of life long after your child’s playing days are over,” says LearningRx Vice President of Research and Development Tanya Mitchell. “Our training simply makes faster, smarter, more efficient brains. That’s something that will give them an advantage for the rest of their life.”
LearningRx specializes in identifying and correcting the underlying cognitive skill deficiencies that keep people from achieving their full potential in school, business or life. Using a comprehensive cognitive skills assessment test and intensive one-on-one training, certified brain trainers quickly and effectively enhance weak cognitive skills such as attention, memory, processing speed and problem solving. At LearningRx Warren, we have successfully
worked with students from ages 4-74 struggling with dyslexia, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, memory loss and other learning struggles. We also work with people of all ages seeking an edge at school or work. Students benefit from improved confidence, self-esteem and overall achievement.
LearningRx is not a tutoring program. Our clinically proven,
research based programs actually “re-wire” the brain.
To learn more about LearningRx, call (908) 22-BRAIN (908-222-7246), stop in the center at 34 Mountain Boulevard, Bldg. C in Warren , or visit www.learningrx.com/warren.
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