Downhill Mountain Biking & Visual Performance Testing – Cairns & Australian U19 Mountain Bike Squad

Downhill Mountain Biking & Visual Performance Testing – Cairns & Australian U19 Mountain Bike Squad


Anchor: A Cairns sports psychologist is giving
Australia’s Commonwealth Games Team a brain boost ahead of this year’s event. Robert Gronbeck
says his 3D perception trainer will give the Aussie’s the edge in Glasgow.
Mackenzie Lyon: These athletes aren’t settling in at the cinema for the latest 3D blockbuster.
This is their warm up before the real show starts on the big stage.
Jodie Willett: We’re sort of trying to investigate whether this is technology that’s relevant
for mountain biking and that we can use to improve the performances of our athletes in
an international level. Mackenzie Lyon: Robert Gronbeck got the ball
rolling in Australia with the Neurotracker He says these bouncing spheres put eyes and
minds to the test. Robert Gronbeck: Four objects are presented
with four distraction objects, the athletes are required to follow the four target objects
while ignoring the distraction objects. Mackenzie Lyon: Easier said than done.
Jodie Willett: Very challenging. It’s certainly not something that I am naturally good at.
Mackenzie Lyon: The technology will mean our Commonwealth Games mountain bike squad will
see the opposition and obstacles coming. Robert Gronbeck: We believe that there may
be a relationship between their downhill speeds and their visual tracking speeds.
Jodie Willett: So, what we’re hoping to find is the athletes that we would rank as good
technical descenders whether they actually perform better.
Mackenzie Lyon: For some athletes, perception skills have improved by 300%.
Robert Gronbeck: So, we push them harder and harder and they get better and better at it.
Mackenzie Lyon: Mackenzie Lyon, 7news.