Guide

Take the time to read this information
as we have provided you with further
detail into every aspect of the
#BeFirst app

This will allow you to utilize the various features
in the right way and in the right amounts to
increase the quality of your sporting performance.

Neuro Performance is the training of the specific skills your nervous system needs to make you an incredible athlete. We do not say this lightly. This is a field that has been well researched and yet widely undervalued. Your brain and nervous system are the ONLY thing that control your skills.

Every skill you ever learn is being learned in the brain. Neuro Performance breaks down athletic skills into their most primitive form, and trains them at that level. This means your neural pathways are clearer and more defined. This can lead to an overall increase in your athletic performance, no matter what sport you play.

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Take a look at what each feature below is designed for and how you should be using it.

We have also created a chart to make using #BeFirst easier. The chart shows you which skills are the most vital for your sport and how often you should be training those skills in the app.

Features

We ask that you remember
the following

Always consult your physician before beginning any new program or regime.

If you feel tired, dizzy, sick, faint, or unwell using any of the app features, stop and rest. You may need to use the app more frequently and in smaller doses until you build up your skills and endurance. You may be surprised how taxing some skills can be and these are usually the ones you need. Those skills may need daily sessions that are very short and you may be better to start with one feature a day.

As with any type of training make sure you are well rested, hydrated and fed prior to using #BeFirst. Training at the brain level requires energy, even if you do not feel like you are doing a lot physically.

If you notice any pain, headaches, blurry vision, motion sickness or vertigo, Stop and rest. Leave that session for the day and try again the next day in a smaller dose.

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Daily react

Daily React is designed to give you a daily challenge to keep you on your toes. Engaging with a reaction challenge every day assists in keeping up the habit with your reaction training. The challenge of the day is always different, ensuring your practise is varied and novel.

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Full Testing

We recommend you complete full testing at least once a week. This will enable you to measure your progress in all skills across the board, leaving no stone unturned.

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Single Testing

Single testing allows you to hone your skills in one particular area. This may be an area you struggle with, one that is highly important for your sport, or an area you have decided to focus on. We recommend you use single testing to check your progress in these areas

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Dynamic React

Multi object tracking and reacting. The ability to track multiple objects and react to them is vital to athletes in team sports. This is designed to train your ability to keep track of many objects like players at once. Your focus is split so you have to keep track of where all the objects are AND you need to react to them on demand. For example, team based athletes need to be able to keep track of all players AND the ball.

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Quick React

Fast reactions to moving stimulus. It is not often in sport that a stimulus you will need to respond to is stationary and in a predictable place. Quick react is designed to train your reactions to a moving stimulus.

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Rapid React

Visual information requires fast processing. Rapid react is designed to train an athlete’s reactions as well as their ability to recall information. Often in sport there isn’t time to pause and make sure you are seeing what you think your seeing. You have to react quickly to information. The dots that flash up could be players on a field, targets you need to hit, or any kind of information that you need to be sure of in a flash. This is very fast processing of visual information which is an important skill for all athletes.

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AV Choice

An audio or visual blend of decision making. Like in sport, your job is to respond to either stimuli as quickly and efficiently as possible. Decision making can make or break a game or a race. This is designed to train your speed and accuracy.

Accelerate

Never before has it been possible to train your reactions in this manner using just your phone. This one is particularly addictive so be aware of the following

Do not do any more than
the recommended repetitions

Do not fully extend
the elbow to lock out

Make sure you have enough
space to move safely without
hurting yourself or anyone else

Hold your phone tightly!

Try to use your peripheral vision
rather than looking directly at the
screen

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Accelerate visual

Designed to have you reacting to visual information either in front of your visual field or your peripheral vision.

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Accelerate Audio

Learn to react to sound. Particularly important for athletes with sound starts to races, and those in team sports whose team mates will call out for passes or other information. Do you often false start? Do you struggle to react quickly to the calls of your team mates?

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Accelerate Audio
and Visual

A mix of both audio and visual stimuli at random. This mimics real life sport decisions for the brain. This skill is vital to your speed as an athlete. The faster you can process either visual or audio information, the faster you can react to it. Better reactions can give you more time to make better decisions and predict the next move of your opponents.

Accelerate allows you to measure your left and right sides. You need to be just as fast on both sides for optimal performance. Remember this is a measurement of how fast your brain is reacting on both sides.

It is in all athletes’ best interests to have equally fast reactions in both. For example, a basketballer ideally can react just as quickly with both hands. Imagine having a left side half as fast as the right? This can slow down your whole game.

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Dynamic Accelerate

Optional within the accelerate feature. This is designed to integrate the lower body into reaction training. Movement begins in an athletic ready stance and then transitions into a “cut” change of direction. This move is common in sports with fast changes of direction and even “fakes” to confuse opponents. Using accelerate for this dynamic move allows you to train and test how fast your brain can react to a stimulus and then get your whole body to change direction. Because being fast is not enough, agility is vital.

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Speed Test

Pure speed and nothing else.

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Supremacy

Track your athletic benchmarks. This allows you to easily track those benchmarks that are most important to you. A handy tool allowing you to keep all your athletic information together in one place.

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Recognition

Peripheral vision training via voice command. This is designed to train your peripheral vision and your ability to process visual information coming from the periphery. Many athletes tend to make the most errors when information is coming from the sides of their vision. Watch yourself improve and see how that translates into your sport. Do you no longer need to turn your head to pass and receive? This saves you milliseconds, and those matter. Reminder – speak VERY clearly and loudly so that the voice recognition in your device can pick up what you are saying.

When most people start using recognition they can only read the number WITHOUT looking at it between 5-10 degrees.

With training you should be able to read the number between 30-40 degrees.

Please make sure you keep your eyes straight ahead and ONLY use your peripheral vision to see the number and call it out.

Fusion

Your eyes need to work together constantly to send visual information to the brain. Many people have a stronger and weaker eye. The weaker eye can have weaker sight and the muscles of that eye can be less efficient in moving the eye correctly and at speed. Everything needs to be perfectly in sync. Each eye sends images to the brain at the same time. Each image must be identical in size and clarity. If you have weakness in one eye the images will differ and your brain will suppress that eye, to avoid you constantly having double vision.

Imagine the amount of energy that takes. Imagine how that can slow you down. Your depth perception is altered. That means it is harder to correctly judge the location of objects in space accurately. Imagine how that could be impacting on your performance right now. Do you favor one side? Do you make more mistakes when visual information is coming from that side? How large is your blind spot? Do you need to waste time and energy turning your head more to make sure your seeing things properly? Do you often misjudge how far away objects and people are?

You may not even be aware of these adjustments that you are constantly making. You make them unconsciously because your brain is wired for survival and vision is vital to survival.

Do not underestimate how hard
eye work is

Do not do any more than
is recommended

Stop when you are fatigued

Stop if you feel ill or your vision is
blurry and you feel uncomfortable
carrying on

Try to use fusion in the evenings
before bed rather than before
important trainings, before travelling,
driving or anything that requires more
concentration. At least until you are
used to the eye training

If you fatigue before the
recommended time, stop there
and build up more slowly and over
a longer period of time

Keep your sessions regular and
shorter if you need to

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Challenge mode

An interactive mode allowing you to challenge friends, teammates or for coaches to send challenges and track their athletes. This brings a bit of fun to Neuro Performance and there is nothing like a little healthy competition. Are you wondering where you stand among fellow athletes? Find out by sending them a challenge. See who has the best skills, find out your weak points in comparison to others then train up on that skill and challenge them again.

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