New York Patent of the Month – October 2022
Athletic training is a mental challenge as much as a physical one. With this concept in mind, numerous studies have been conducted to test how an athlete’s overall performance is impacted by combining cognitive tasks with physical training. These studies tested a range of cognitive tasks including self-talk and guided breathing to reduce fatigue. Rewire Fitness, Inc. was inspired by this concept. Their patented Neuro-Training athletic training system combines cognitive tasks with physical training.
The system uses a range of cognitive brain training techniques that are meant to activate the area of the brain associated with mental fatigue – the anterior cingulate cortex. These tasks include Stroop Tasks, Psychomotor Vigilance Tasks, Go / No Go tasks, Stop Signal Tasks, and Continuous Performance Tasks. These require continued levels of focus and inhibitory controls to create a metnally fatigued state. When combined with physical exercise, the athlete is effectively training to create adaptations and improved resilience to mental fatigue. This allows the athlete to train the act of “pushing through”.
Their technology is designed to maximize ergonomics with a variety of sports so as not to limit movement or hand-eye coordination. An app is used to control and track data taken from a tactile input device as well as ‘gesture input devices’. The latter device includes sensors that can be placed on hands or in gloves to allow for reliable motion tracking. Rewire monitors physiological data such as heart rate, sleep, and training metrics in addition to cognitive and emotional measures to create a holistic readiness score. Cognitive performance is measured by Reaction Time, Accuracy, and Rate of Perceived Exertion.
By training brain and body together, Rewire’s system promotes long-term benefits including mind/body recovery, stress management, and endurance.
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