Improved ability to track multiple targets:
The ability to track multiple elements (e.g. players, puck or ball) is a skill that is highly used by athletes in team sports. The program requires athletes to track 3 or 4 out 8 elements, in a large 3D visual field. Each athlete’s individual baseline is established and the difficulty is accurately manipulated to improve this skill.
Increased focused attention:
Attention is a process of selectively concentrating on discrete aspects of information. The task requires athletes to engage in sustained attention over the duration of the training session, selectively attend to 3 or 4 preselected elements, divide attention between multiple loci and inhibit non-pertinent information. Research has shown that 3D multiple object tracking (MOT) training results in improvements in sustained, selective and divided attention.
Improved cognitive processing speed:
MOT training may expand an athlete’s ability to perceive and process relevant movement patterns (e.g., players, ball, puck etc) across a wider visual field. This is the foundation of tactical awareness and intelligent decision making. 3D-MOT training has been shown to improve decision-making accuracy in soccer players by 15%.
Increased peripheral awareness:
An individual’s central field of focus in only 3◦. Because most in-game action occurs in the periphery, the program uses a large visual field, which requires the athlete to engage in sustained peripheral attention. Changes in task difficulty could potentially result in increased peripheral awareness during game play.