Neuro Rehabilitation Services
5. Cognitive- perceptual Training
This present article discusses an approach to training high-level athletes’ perceptual-cognitive skills. The intention herein is to (a) introduce concepts in regard to what may be required by athletes to optimally process sports-related visual scenes at the perceptual-cognitive level; (b) present an experimental method of how it may be possible to train this capacity in athletes while discussing the necessary features for a successful perceptual-cognitive training outcome; and (c) propose that this capacity may be trainable even among the highest-level athletes. An important suggestion is that a simple difference between sitting and standing testing conditions may strongly influence speed thresholds with this task, which is analogous to game movement dynamics in sports, indicating shared resources between such high-level perceptual-cognitive demands and mechanisms involved in posture control. A discussion follows emphasizing how a perceptual-cognitive training approach may be useful as an integral component of athletic training. The article concludes with possible future directions.
Neuro Developmetal Therapy
Neuro-Developmental Treatment is a hands-on treatment approach used by physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. The approach was developed to enhance the function of adults and children who have difficulties in controlling movement resulting from neurological challenges such as stroke and head injury.
NDT Trained therapists have completed advanced training in NDT to enable them to assess and treat the neuro-motor problems experienced by these individuals, helping them to become as functional and independent as possible. The NDT-trained therapist works collaboratively with the individual, his or her family and caregivers, physicians, and other members of the rehab team to develop and implement a comprehensive treatment program for each person based on scientific principles and current research. Training in the NDT approach is provided by NDTA certified Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathologist Instructors. Each NDTA Approved Course is directed and managed by an NDTA Certified Coordinator Instructor.
The Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association (NDTA) furthers the development of this unique approach by supporting and providing continuing education, providing educational services to the community, supporting clinical research and promoting client and family advocacy.