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Falcons working to train the brains of players

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In the continuing arms race for unique training methods, the Falcons are going with something that sounds like it came from The Matrix.

The team announced via its official website a partnership with a company called CogniSens Inc., for a product called NeuroTracker.

While it sounds like a mind-control chip (which coaches would doubtless prefer), it’s actually a 3D program which asks players to track a variety of objects at high speed.

“As an organization we are always looking for ways to improve our player’s performance on the field,” Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “By partnering with CongniSens we believe that we will provide our players with an additional tool that they can use as they prepare. By utilizing NeuroTracker technology we feel that our players will get the most out of their classroom and meeting time.”

The goal is to improve focus and attention, and maybe it works.

If nothing else, an NFL team is at least spending some of its money earned from years of television contracts on something to make the brain grow instead of shrink.
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28 Responses to “Falcons working to train the brains of players”
  1. aceakking says: Jun 23, 2014 12:13 PM

    Falcons should instead train their players to win in the postseason.

  2. trollhammer20 says: Jun 23, 2014 12:19 PM

    I have a 3D program that lets me track objects at high speed. It’s called “Titanfall”.

  3. joetoronto says: Jun 23, 2014 12:22 PM

    “Falcons working to train the brains of players”

    Will this be anything like how the leaders of the left are effectively brain washing the school kids to think and be like them?

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Jun 23, 2014 12:24 PM

    That’s good, the technology is there to start using 3D or other types of virtual reality programs to enhance training. It doesn’t seem like very many teams have any cutting edge plans in place to take training to the next level, but that’s because these teams are owned by a lot of old school businessmen that are often slow at adapting to future trends.

  5. titimium says: Jun 23, 2014 12:34 PM

    Sounds like a potentially smart idea. I’d love it if the Jets tried this.

  6. gopblows says: Jun 23, 2014 12:36 PM

    Matty Ice will forever be a CHOKE.

  7. abreathofsanity says: Jun 23, 2014 12:37 PM

    In this grade Matt Ryan lost the spelling bee by one word. Championship.

  8. abreathofsanity says: Jun 23, 2014 12:38 PM

    *third

  9. gammynomnom says: Jun 23, 2014 12:39 PM

    Have you seen Roddy Whites Twitter? Something tells me this isn’t going to work.

  10. iberiasaint says: Jun 23, 2014 12:48 PM

    Message from CongniSens processor to Matty Ice: “Dont Melt in crunch time”.

  11. bucsorbust says: Jun 23, 2014 12:51 PM

    You may want to put those brains on an EEG first. You might have it mixed up with a rump roast from Safeway.

  12. floratiotime says: Jun 23, 2014 12:53 PM

    Brains … zombies would starve in the NFL.

  13. rowdymf says: Jun 23, 2014 12:57 PM

    They might want to spend their resources on players that can actually play football. Bringing in another ex-Patriot flop(Pee-oli) won’t help the cause. Another poor season and none of the “brain-trust” will have to worry about NeuroTracker! Nerds!!!

  14. heathn09 says: Jun 23, 2014 1:02 PM

    Is this similar to brainwashing?

  15. mrlaloosh says: Jun 23, 2014 1:07 PM

    Somehow “falcons” and “brain” just doesn’t compute. I see no connection. Coach Meek Smith being a prime example.

  16. abninf says: Jun 23, 2014 1:24 PM

    They’re concerned with the brain but turn a blind eye to all the dope smokers until they actually get caught.

  17. tindeaux says: Jun 23, 2014 1:39 PM

    SUPERBOWL bounce??? not so much!

  18. clashpoint says: Jun 23, 2014 1:41 PM

    There are jokes here to be made about bird brains, but I’m not making any of them.

  19. salmen76 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:03 PM

    Falcons will be lucky to win 5 games this year. Good offense (minus the ground game) but the D leaves alot to be desired. Teams will pass all over them this year. Saints will win the South and the NFC and the Super Bowl. Geaux Saints!

  20. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 23, 2014 2:16 PM

    Neurotrackers, helmet cams, GPS, yoga…I’m guessing the teams that focus on blocking and tackling are going to be the most successful.

  21. officialgame says: Jun 23, 2014 2:17 PM

    How about a more novel approach like learning the nuances of tacking and blocking. The players already spend to much time with video games.

  22. swagger52 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:45 PM

    Do you mean the performance training of 30,000 hours of Madden wasn’t enough for most of their players?

  23. swagger52 says: Jun 23, 2014 2:46 PM

    Michael Vick had been playing Doom before he was drafted. Unfortunately, the Falcons were unaware.

  24. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 23, 2014 3:03 PM

    That looks like a healthy brain. It’s a nice pink color.

  25. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 23, 2014 3:07 PM

    The message with the item in the picture.

    “Whoever forgot this on the field during Wednesday’s practice can claim it from Doug or Darryl at the equipment office.”.

  26. Bob says: Jun 23, 2014 4:21 PM

    So, it’s come to this.

  27. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jun 23, 2014 4:32 PM

    creepy picture man.

  28. atlfan31833 says: Jun 23, 2014 6:14 PM

    Most want to mock, just like when the Falcons used that test on Clowney before the draft, but what if their results told them not to even try to trade for him due to his “hidden” injury.

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