Assessments are critical to understanding how your brain processes changes in inputs, adapts to experience and for measuring progress. Assessments generally are measuring:
- Your range of motion
- How strong you are
- How well you breathe
- How fast you can move or do something quickly
- How long you can do something
- How many times you can do something
- How well you sense
- Your autonomic responses
There are three kinds of assessments in NeuroRunner – Performance, Functional, and Neurological.
- Performance assessments measure your improvement against your goals
- For example:
- Can you run faster or farther?
- Did you lose or maintain weight?
- Do you enjoy your runs more?
- Has your body composition improved?
- For example:
- Functional assessments measure your progress in capabilities that aren’t directly related to your goals, but should contribute.
- For example
- How long can you hold your breath?
- What’s the wear pattern on your shoes?
- Are you stronger?
- Is your reaction time better?
- Do you feel better?
- For example
- Neurological assessments are specifically designed to allow you to know how your brain perceives a specific drill or activity. Is the activity threatening, comforting, or a non-event? Your brain can feel threatened because it has a similar prior experience that didn’t turn out well or because it has no experience and can’t predict an outcome. Your brain responds to almost every change in inputs that it considers important. . For example, you may see a changes in:
- Range of motion
- Pain or fatigue
- Blood pressure
- Heart rate
- Respiratory rate.
How We Do Assessments
- Most NeuroRunner assessments are objective and can be measured and tracked over time.
- Our assessments fall into two flavors, sequential and simultaneous
- Sequential assessments are meant to be done before and after a drill – think pre and post assessment
- Simultaneous assessments are done at the same time as the drill. For example, in a “how long you can you hold your breath” experiment, holding your breath is the drill and how long is the assessment.
- The critical aspect of any assessment is consistency. You want to do the assessment the same way and from the same position to get accurate results. Most of us are competitive in some way. There is a temptation to try to “beat” the assessment by finder better ways to do it. It’s far more important to be consistent and look at the outcome as information to improve your training and performance. Then, if your results are better, you know you are improving.
Each assessment starts with a description of the starting position and a warm-up. These are only done once. The actual test is repeated before after or during a drill.
- Access to assessments are available to NeuroRunner members. A subset are available to try here