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As we spend a lot of our days coming up with new and creative ways to work on our game it’s important to remember to mix it up. It’s fun to work on stickhandling and shooting with the puck on our stick however the mental side of the game is often overlooked. It’s good to keep a balance on improving our overall skillset.
For over 12 years, IntelliGym has been the leading software platform used by 1000’s of athletes all over the world to stay in peak mental shape – “Training the Hockey Brain”. Whether with world-class teams, local hockey training academies or in the comfort of a player’s own home – the IntelliGym platform was built to be a companion training tool that works on skills outside of on-ice practice, physical workouts, or team strategy meetings.
Improving “decision making skills” in game situations is a key feature of IntelliGym. The laptop-focused training brings the player through a variety of challenging exercises to maximize situations that along with repetitive learning, trains the athletes brain to be better prepared when they return to the ice. Scientifically verified software develops skills like game transitioning, focus, on-ice positioning, peripheral vision, movement anticipation, and ultimately, decision making under pressure.
The convenience of the Hockey IntelliGym is that the player can train at their own pace, remotely on any laptop or PC and the athlete is actually encouraged to follow guidelines of only 2 sessions a week so they don’t experience mental fatigue.
The IntelliGym software tracks progress and performance that can be shared with anyone at home or virtually to coaches. Training statistics from multiple players on a team can also be shared on a leaderboard to help drive motivation and competition.
Athletes frequently refer to the IntelliGym as “sports home schooling”. Train in the kitchen, on the couch, at your desk…anywhere you use your laptop. Work on brain skills and continue to improve week-by-week. Set goals for each 30-minute training session. Track progress and share with teammates.
The average Hockey IntelliGym athlete starts seeing results within 6 weeks. Continued hockey sense training will increase cognitive skills even more with many athletes experiencing improvements by 30% with some approaching 40% improvements over time.
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The Hockey IntelliGym is a breakthrough cognitive training technology that hones hockey sense and has been scientifically proven to improve player safety. IntelliGym has been used by thousands of players - from OHL teams to USA Hockey to OMHA Minor Midget champions - to improve individual players' points total, heighten spatial awareness, and foster better anticipation of the play. Research from the University of Delaware suggests training with IntelliGym is a great way to reduce concussions and other on ice injuries. The software, which can be used on any computer, can be purchased here.
"What I'm noticing with IntelliGym is that it compliments my use of area games or situational pressure drills in practice. My players are recognizing and executing their options faster than they have in the past. This improvement has translated to games. They are moving to open areas to support their teammate with the puck."