Remote Cognitive Training: Mobile is the Future

Every athlete has a smartphone, and leveraging this technology for cognitive training is not just convenient but also incredibly effective.

Remote Cognitive Training: Mobile is the Future

In today’s digital age, mobile technology is ubiquitous. Every athlete has a smartphone, and leveraging this technology for cognitive training is not just convenient but also incredibly effective. In professional sports, every second counts, and waiting for equipment or availability can significantly drain valuable training time. By using a mobile solution, athletes can perform their cognitive training on their devices whenever and wherever it suits them. This approach not only saves time but also integrates seamlessly into their daily routines, making cognitive training a natural part of their overall development.

Imagine a training facility equipped with several iPads. Athletes can simply log in with their Soma ID, complete their cognitive training session, and log out, allowing the next athlete to step in. This method is efficient and ensures that training sessions are maximized. For instance, with five iPads, 15 athletes can complete 20-minute sessions within an hour, making the best use of the available time and resources. This setup eliminates downtime and optimizes the use of both equipment and space, ensuring that every athlete gets the opportunity to train without unnecessary delays.

Soma offers unmatched flexibility in cognitive training. You can create comprehensive team plans, add all athletes to the same plan, and rotate it monthly or quarterly. This allows for consistency and ease of management, especially for larger teams. Alternatively, you can design specialized training plans tailored to each athlete’s needs. This ability to customize training plans ensures that each athlete receives the attention and focus necessary to improve their performance. Furthermore, you can create base template plans for all your athletes and then make small adjustments for individual users, meeting specific requirements seamlessly and efficiently.

Getting Started with Soma

At Soma, we have a comprehensive onboarding process that ensures you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to effectively utilize Soma to its fullest potential. This structured onboarding will guide you through a series of educational checkpoints, ensuring a deep understanding of how to leverage Soma's features for optimal cognitive and physiological training.

Let's go over what is included in the onboarding education provided by Soma below.

Understanding Cognitive and Physiological Data

The onboarding process starts with understanding cognitive and physiological data. You’ll learn how to interpret mean cognitive and physiological data, gaining insights into analyzing minute-by-minute data to monitor progress and trends. This foundational knowledge is crucial for creating effective training plans tailored to each athlete’s unique needs.

Training Modes within Soma Analytics

Next, you’ll discover the variety of training modes available through Soma Analytics. Each mode has a specific purpose and can be applied to various tasks within Soma NPT. Understanding these modes allows you to design training sessions that are both effective and engaging for your athletes.

Designing and Periodizing a Cognitive Training Plan

Designing and periodizing a cognitive training plan is another key component of the onboarding process. You’ll acquire the skills to create structured plans that incorporate cognitive tasks effectively, ensuring your athletes receive comprehensive training that enhances both their mental and physical performance. Periodization involves planning training sessions to ensure progressive overload and recovery periods, optimizing performance gains while minimizing the risk of overtraining. By applying periodization principles to cognitive training, you can systematically increase the complexity and intensity of tasks, helping athletes build mental endurance and resilience over time.

Interpreting Baseline Data

Interpreting baseline data is essential for tailoring training plans effectively. You’ll learn how to interpret cognitive baseline data, which is crucial for setting appropriate starting points for each athlete. This data-driven approach ensures that training plans are personalized and effective.

Tracking Sessional Averages

Tracking sessional averages is another critical aspect of cognitive training. You’ll understand why monitoring sessional data is important and how it can inform adjustments to training plans. This ensures that training remains effective and aligned with each athlete’s progress. For example, by comparing sessional averages over time, you can identify trends and patterns that indicate progress or areas where additional focus is needed. This ongoing monitoring allows for real-time adjustments to training plans, ensuring that athletes continue to be challenged appropriately and make consistent progress.

Understanding Scales Used for Cognitive Tasks

The onboarding process also covers the scales used for cognitive tasks and the rationale behind their application.

Integration Options with Soma NPT

Integration options within Soma NPT provide a seamless training experience. You’ll explore how to integrate various options within the platform, ensuring that training sessions are smooth and efficient. For instance, you can link cognitive training sessions with physical workouts, creating a comprehensive approach that addresses both cognitive and physical aspects of performance. This integration ensures that athletes can transition seamlessly between different types of training, maximizing the overall effectiveness of their routines.

Progressing a Cognitive Training Plan

Progressing a cognitive training plan based on baseline cognitive data analysis is crucial for continuous improvement. You’ll learn how to advance training plans appropriately, ensuring that athletes are always challenged and progressing. For example, as athletes improve their cognitive skills, you can introduce more complex tasks or increase the intensity of existing ones. This progressive approach ensures that training remains engaging and effective, helping athletes reach higher levels of cognitive performance over time.

Identifying Cognitive Fatigue Thresholds

Identifying cognitive fatigue thresholds is another important aspect of the onboarding process. You’ll understand how to find an athlete's cognitive fatigue thresholds, which helps in designing training sessions that avoid overtraining while maximizing performance gains. Recognizing the signs of cognitive fatigue allows you to adjust training intensity and duration, ensuring that athletes remain focused and productive throughout their sessions.

Monitoring Mental Fatigue

Monitoring mental fatigue is essential for applying the appropriate cognitive load. You’ll learn how to monitor mental fatigue effectively, ensuring that training sessions are always within the optimal range for cognitive development. By using tools and metrics provided by Soma, you can track an athlete’s mental state in real-time, making adjustments as needed to maintain optimal cognitive load. This ensures that training remains effective and sustainable, promoting continuous improvement without risking overtraining.

This onboarding process is designed not only to familiarize you with Soma's capabilities but also to enable you to maximize the impact of cognitive training on performance. By the end of this education, you will be proficient in designing, implementing, and adjusting cognitive training plans based on precise data analysis, ensuring athletes can achieve their highest potential.

Getting started with Soma is simple.

Starting with Soma is straightforward and designed to integrate smoothly into your existing training framework. Once you purchase access to Soma Analytics, you have two primary options for utilizing Soma NPT:

Option 1: Pay for Athlete Access via Soma Analytics

Cost: 49 Swiss Francs per user per month.

Scenario: If you manage a team of 10 athletes, you would pay 499 Swiss Francs per month for Soma Analytics to monitor all athletes, plus an additional 490 Swiss Francs per month (49 Swiss Francs x 10 users) for their access to Soma NPT. This totals 989 Swiss Francs per month to fully integrate and manage your team.

Option 2: Athletes Download and Pay via iTunes

Scenario: If you prefer your athletes to manage their own subscription, each athlete can download Soma NPT from iTunes and pay 49 Swiss Francs per month individually. They will then provide you with their Soma ID. You would still pay 499 Swiss Francs per month for Soma Analytics to monitor an unlimited number of users, but the cost of Soma NPT will be covered by the athletes themselves.

Soma Analytics Pricing

Soma Analytics: 499 Swiss Francs/month to monitor an unlimited number of users.

Important Considerations

If your athletes have obtained Soma NPT through iTunes, they must log in using the device with which they initially registered, as the subscription is tied to their iTunes account.

For the flexibility of logging in from any iOS device, consider purchasing Soma IDs through Soma Analytics.

Soma’s “Done For You” Service

Understanding that time is a precious commodity, Soma offers a “Done For You” service designed to get you up and running quickly. This service is perfect for coaches, clubs, teams, and military personnel who already have a Soma Analytics account.

Simply visit our website and drop us a message via our chatbot. We will reach out to you to understand your specific needs and begin creating master templates tailored to your athletes. These templates are then added to your Soma Analytics account. You can modify these baseline templates to suit individual athlete needs or use them as they are. This flexibility allows you to start with Off Season, Pre Season, and In Season templates and adjust them as required.

Our “Done For You” service speeds up the learning curve, allowing you to focus on coaching and developing your athletes without the initial hassle of setting up training programs. Most clubs, teams, and brands prefer starting with these foundational templates and then fine-tuning them to meet their specific demands.

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