Sports and the Performing Arts
   
   

Mechanics, strength and fitness are important but don't guarantee great performance. It's excellent timing, focus and coordination that often make the difference between just an average and a powerhouse performer in sports and the performing arts.

Interactive Metronome® is an effective strategy for assessing and improving all-important timing, focus and coordination.

For generations, the use of a metronome has honed the skills of musicians and dancers, focusing their minds and bodies in the skill of controlled timing to the betterment of their art. Recent studies have expanded the positive effect of musical exposure for young children, seeing results in better cognitive functioning in all fields.

Developed a decade ago, IM is being used by hundreds of health care professionals throughout the US to help the disabled to plan and carry out coordinated actions. Now it is available to athletes, musicians and dancers so that you can fine-tune your performance, reaching greater heights of success and satisfaction.

Recently published research* on Interactive Metronome® provides proof of what many people have already seen. IM is a powerful tool for improving performance on both a physical and a mental level.

While listening to a metronome through headphones, your ability to keep time with the beat is measured by computer as you do fourteen different hand and foot exercises. The average amount of time you are off the beat (in milliseconds) is recorded for each exercise. A typical athlete will begin their IM training in the average range, working their way up to the 80th or 90th percentile which demonstrates an elite level of physical coordination and mental focus. This improved IM score corresponds directly to the strengthening of the mind-muscle connection, enhancing attention during competitive stress and eliminating distractions to maintain an elite level of focus and concentration. Athletes of all levels of abilities have reported the same powerful results.

   
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How does your IM timing score compare?
Take the free timing assessment from Train Your Brain and find out.

 

Initial IM Score in
milliseconds (ms.)

Range for adults
200+ Severe Deficiencies
200-100 Poor
100-80 Below Average
80-40 Average
40-30 Above Average
Under 30 Superior
       


 

*Terry M. Libkuman, Hajime Otani and Neil Steger, Training in Timing Improves Accuracy in Golf, The Journal of General Psychology, 2002, 129(1), 77-96