As Doug Beaudoin says, “Use it or lose it.” For an ex-starting safety for the New England Patriots, I bet he originally only applied that to his athletic abilities. I was thrilled to hear that the NFL Alumni Association is now encouraging its members to also apply that mentality to their cognitive abilities.
CogniFit published a press release last week about its new partnership with the NFLA to promote brain fitness software. Recent studies have shown that the combination of physical and mental fitness can help sharpen your brain, and the NFLA has taken that to heart. With all of the brain injuries related to football, it is especially important to focus on brain development and maintenance, so this was a much needed turn of events. Better late than never, right?
I think this move is great, but shouldn’t there also be an effort to sharpen — or at least actively maintain — the cognitive abilities of the current NFL players? My hope is that this initiative will soon become normal procedure, especially amongst professional athletes.