When quarterback, Kirk Cousins, entered the National Football League in 2012, he was hardly top of his class. The Washington Redskins drafted him with their third draft pick in the fourth round. The Redskins first pick in the first round was quarterback, Robert Griffin III from Baylor. Not only had Griffin been the second player in history to win the Heisman and not appear in the National Championship in 2011, he also represented a modern offensive scheme that the Redskins were attempting to usher in. To say Cousins was a Redskins afterthought may be a bit harsh, but to be sure, he was their new second string QB.
Cousins’ Vikings on the Rise
Fast-forward to 2018. Kirk Cousins signs a massive three-year, guaranteed, $84 million contract with a team that is Super Bowl bound. When the Minnesota Viking signed Cousins this past off-season, it was the highest paid quarterback in NFL history. He has yet to disappoint as and started off the season by passing for 244 yards and two touchdowns in the 24–16 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. So what happened? How did this fourth-round draft pick destined for mediocrity end up among the NFL’s elite QB’s? Advancements in Neurotherapy happened. And Kirk Cousins is using the therapy to hone his craft and sharpen his mind.
An Opportunity Arises
As it were Robert Griffin suffered from a season ending knee injury in the third quarter of the Week 14 game against the Baltimore Ravens. Cousins came into the game with his team down 8 points. During the last play of the game, Cousins threw a touchdown pass to bring the Redskins within 2 points of the Ravens. On the extra point attempt, the Redskins went for two and who else but Kirk Cousins himself runs the ball in to tie up the game and send it into overtime. Redskins ultimately won that match-up by three points in overtime. But despite this stellar opening for Cousins, he did not gain traction as head of the Redskins until about 2015.
Ground Breaking Brain Training with Neurocore
One change to Cousin’s training regimen that occurred during the 2015 off-season was the addition of Neurotherapy. It was at this time that Cousin’s decided he needed to up his game and began working with Michigan based Neurocore to retrain his brain functioning. While Cousin’s was one of the first professional athletes to embrace mental training he surely will not be the last. In fact, the Portland Trailblazer’s have recently built a complete Brain Training center as a part of the training facilities.
Cousins commented to the Washington Post in 2015, “It’s kind of an abstract thing, but I call it brain performance. I see it as the next frontier because you look at weightlifting in the 1950s and ’60s, not every football player was lifting weights; they weren’t sure about the benefit it would give you. Now everybody has a strength coach; everybody lifts weights. And I see brain training kind of being that next thing. I just want to maximize what I’ve got.”
Clinicians at Neurocore Brain Performance Centers are using Neurofeedback and qEEG brain mapping technology to heighten the performance of those seeking to get the cutting edge on the competition. Originally established in 2004 by Timothy Royer, Neurocore’s original mandate was to give non-invasive alternatives to pharmaceuticals drugs for children suffering from attention-deficit disorder. The applications for the neuro therapy now have expanded to treat anxiety, depression, ASD, migraines, sleep and stress disorders. Using Neurofeedback methodology to obtain peak performance in sports is a fairly recent development that is surely to become an integral part of training for tomorrow’s athletes.
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