IntelliGym Trains The Brain Of An Athlete Like A Fighter Pilot

Elite youth hockey gamers in MN understanding their minds in a hockey camp (Picture by way of intelligym)

Fighter pilots and other people enjoying staff sports have extra in widespread than you could have thought.

The truth is, the cognitive features gamers want on the soccer pitch, the ice rink and the basketball courtroom are similar to these fighter pilots use throughout aerial fight.

Leading edge athletes in these sports are starting to coach their brains the identical approach the US and Israeli Air Forces have for years. They’re utilizing a device referred to as IntelliGym, a software program program that helps hone all points of hockey sense together with anticipation, and spatial consciousness.

Early Success With Hockey

IntelliGym has been embraced by quite a lot of Champions Hockey League golf equipment, in addition to NCAA groups and USA Hockey’s Nationwide Staff Improvement Program. Hundreds of aggressive new gamers now use the system yearly.

“Once we initially developed this system we partnered with USA Hockey. Nevertheless, we now have a very large swath of gamers, ages and ranges utilizing the device, which is nice news as a result of everybody can profit from it,” stated Danny Dankner, Chief Government of Utilized Cognitive Engineering, the corporate that designed the Hockey IntelliGym.

The outcomes and impression on ice converse for themselves. Since integrating the IntelliGym into common coaching USA Hockey’s youth groups have dominated, profitable an astounding 24 gold medals in worldwide competitions, together with 6 IIHF world championships.

However setting apart simply on-ice enhancements, IntelliGym has different advantages, that are essential contemplating that ninety nine% of the gamers utilizing this program won’t ever play skilled hockey. Bodychecking is the most typical explanation for hockey accidents, accounting for 86% of complete on-ice incidents. The majority of injured gamers say that their damage was brought on by being hit unexpectedly – in different phrases, a lack of knowledge.

IntelliGym coaching was discovered to scale back head and neck accidents by over 25%. This was proven in a research run with the USA Nationwide Workforce Improvement Program over the course of 5 years.

Into Soccer

Based mostly on the success on ice, Utilized Cognitive Engineering is now creating a soccer product and various prime European golf equipment have jumped on board.

The improvement of the IntelliGym for soccer has been partially funded by a €2M grant from the EU innovation fund, awarded beneath the disruptive know-how program.

Werder Bremen from the Bundesliga, Ajax Amsterdam and PSV Eindhoven from the Dutch Eredivise and Purple Bull Zalzburg from Austria – lengthy often known as some of the progressive golf equipment in Europe – have lately grow to be the primary to check drive the Football IntelliGym to hone expertise of their youth ranks.

“IntelliGym transfers nicely to soccer. It’s for use in an identical solution to weight-coaching: ideally twice per week, half-hour at a time, and by no means multiple coaching session per day. The distinction in on-pitch efficiency is usually obvious after eight to 10 hours of cumulative mind exercise,” stated Dankner.



Roei Shalev is the CEO of For The Win, a Sports activities-Tech funding enterprise in Israel.  You possibly can attain him at, on Twitter @sportstechinvst and LinkedIn.