It’s tough to make it in the NFL as a quarterback. Not only do you have to have top-notch physical skills, but your brain needs to be up to the challenge as well. Kirk Cousins, the quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, knows this well, which is why he has teamed up with Neurocore, a Michigan-based organization that trains athletes’ brains to execute at their highest levels to maximize performance. Learn more about Neurocore at Crunchbase.
Cousins first began working with Neurocore in his senior season at Michigan State University, and his efforts led to him being drafted by the Washington Redskins in 2012. He only saw occasional action as a backup behind Robert Griffin III, who was also selected that year, but that changed in 2015 when Cousins was named the Redskins starter, and the NFL was quick to notice his vastly improved performance on the field. It came with no coincidence that 2015 was also the year that Cousins decided to devote more energy to his brain training with Neurocore.
At the beginning of these sessions, Neurocore noted that Cousins’s brain was relying too much on adrenaline, which also affected his respiratory and cardiovascular systems. When too much adrenaline is running through an athlete’s body, it’s difficult to even begin peak performance, much less maintain it. Neurocore’s founder, Tim Royer, and Neurocore’s pro division devised a program that would help Cousins control his mind’s reactions and settle him down during game-time conditions.
Cousins did much of this training at his home. Attaching an EEG cap to his home computer, which in turn displayed his brain speed, Cousins would begin a movie of his choosing. However, the video would only play if his brainwaves were at a particular level. As his training progressed, Cousins went from being able to watch just twenty seconds out of a minute of film time to up to forty seconds. Being able to calm his brain activity along with developing better sleep and breathing patterns led to Cousins’s significant improvement on the field. After success as the Redskins’ starter, he signed a deal before the 2018 season with the Vikings that made him the highest-paid player in the NFL’s history and continues his success.
Neurocore is helping many athletes achieve their highest performance levels with its groundbreaking brain training performance centers. Read more about Neurocore at Patch.com.