Everything you need to know and nothing that you don't.

Brain training, cognitive load, periodisation, integration. The amount of knowledge required can feel overwhelming to even the most seasoned professional. This course is made up of all the information you need to be successful at implementing BET. We keep the facts in and leave out the fluff. 

Step by Step

A systematic process built by those who understand the needs of coaches and athletes.

  • Learn the fundamentals at play in Brain Endurance Training and understand why this is such a crucial part of human performance.

  • Develop your programming skills and easily apply and integrate BET programs with your athletes.

  • Understand the research behind BET and have the ability to explain its importance to colleagues, management and athletes.

  • Up-skill as a modern coach and be fully versed in Soma Analytics and Soma NPT - the technology used for BET

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Manipulating the limits of Human Performance

    • Manipulating the limits of Human Performance | Welcome

  • 2

    Soma NPT | Walk-through

    • Soma NPT | Introduction

    • Soma NPT | Get Started

    • Soma NPT | FAQ

    • Walk-through Survey

  • 3

    Understanding the Drills

    • Understanding the Drills | Introduction

    • Understanding the Drills | Visual Reaction Test

    • Visual Reaction Test | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Audio Reaction Test

    • Audio Reaction Test | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Visual Choice Test

    • Visual Choice Test | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Audio Choice Test

    • Audio Choice Test | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Go No Go Visual Test

    • Go No Go Visual Test | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Go No Go Audio Test

    • Go No Go Audio Test | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Switched Attention Test

    • Switched Attention Test | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Stroop Test

    • Stroop Test | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | AV Choice

    • AV Choice | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Multi Object Training

    • Multi Object Training | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Eye Hand Co Ordination

    • Eye Hand Co Ordination | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Detailed Vision Zone

    • Detailed Vision Zone | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Audio Motor Go No Go

    • Audio Motor Go No Go | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Visual Motor Go No Go

    • Visual Motor Go No Go | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Fusion

    • Fusion | Quiz

    • Fusion | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | AV Motor Go No Go

    • AV Motor Go No Go | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Tactile Motor Go No Go

    • Tactile Motor Go No Go | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Dynamic Vision Trainer

    • Dynamic Vision Trainer | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Tachistoscope

    • Tachistoscope | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Inverted Stroop

    • Inverted Stroop | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Visual Stop Signal

    • Visual Stop Signal | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Spatial Span

    • Spatial Span | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Switched Stop Audio

    • Switched Stop Audio | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Audio Stop Signal

    • Audio Stop Signal | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Switched Stop Visual

    • Switched Stop Visual | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Box Breathing

    • Box Breathing | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Visual Inhibition

    • Visual Inhibition | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Congruent Stroop

    • Congruent Stroop | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Anticipation

    • Anticipation | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Psychomotor Vigilance Test

    • Psychomotor Vigilance Test | What is a lapse in the psychomotor vigilance test?

    • Psychomotor Vigilance Test | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Visual Search

    • Visual Search | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Dynamic Fusion

    • Dynamic Fusion | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Sustained Attention

    • Sustained Attention | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Visual Choice Go No Go

    • Visual Choice Go No Go | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Time Perception

    • Time Perception | Audio Summary

    • Time Perception | Quiz

    • Understanding the Drills | Numerical Inhibition

    • Numerical Inhibition | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | AV Choice Go No Go

    • AV Choice Go No Go | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Audio Choice Go No Go

    • Audio Choice Go No Go | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Task Switching

    • Task Switching | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Incongruent Flanker

    • Incongruent Flanker | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | RPE

    • RPE | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | VAS-F

    • VAS-F | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Manipulating Load

    • Manipulating Load | Audio Summary

    • Understanding the Drills | Methods of progression

    • Methods of progression | Audio Summary

    • Methods of progression | Quiz

    • Understanding the Drills | Drill Difficulty Scale

    • Understanding the Drills | Drill Difficulty Scale Quiz

    • Understanding the Drills | Data

    • Understanding the Drills | Data Quiz

    • Understanding the Drills | Drill Selection

    • Understanding the Drills | Mental Demands

    • Understanding the drills | Mental Demands Drill Categories

    • Understanding the Drills | FAQs

    • Understanding the Drills | Survey

  • 4

    Key Performance Indicators

    • Key Performance Indicators | Introduction to Neurally Based KPI's

    • Introduction to Neurally Based KPI's | Audio Summary

    • Introduction to Neurally Based KPI's | Quiz

    • Key Performance Indicators | Getting started with Neurally Based KPI's for sport.

    • Getting started with Neurally Based KPI's for sport | Audio Summary

    • Getting started with neurally based KPI's for sport | Quiz

    • Key Performance Indicators | Mental Demands

    • Key Performance Indicators | Mental Demands Quiz

    • Key Performance Indicators | KPI’s for Individual Sports

    • Key Performance Indicators | Position Specific KPI’s

    • KPI's for Individual Sports & Position Specific | Audio Summary

    • Key Performance Indicators | KPI’s for Team Sports

    • KPI's for Team Sports | Audio Summary

    • Key Performance Indicators | Setting Mesocycle KPI’s

    • Key Performance Indicators | Setting seasonal KPI’s

    • Key Performance Indicators | KPI’s Off Season

    • Key Performance Indicators | KPI’s Pre Season

    • Key Performance Indicators | KPI’s In Season

    • Key Performance Indicators | Summary

    • Key Performance Indicators | Audio Summary

    • Key Performance Indicators | Survey

    • Key Performance Indicators | FAQs

    • Key Performance Indicators | KPI Monitoring Sheets

  • 5

    Baseline Testing

    • Baseline Testing | Introduction

    • Baseline Testing Introduction | Audio Summary

    • Baseline Testing | What is a Baseline?

    • What is a Baseline | Audio Summary

    • What is a Baseline? | Quiz

    • Baseline Testing | Important points

    • Baseline Testing | How to build a Baseline for an Individual Athlete

    • How to build a Baseline for an Individual Athlete | Audio Summary

    • Baseline Testing | How to build a Baseline for Team Sports

    • How to build a Baseline for Team Sports | Audio Summary

    • Baseline Testing | Positional Baselines

    • Positional Baselines | Audio Summary

    • Baseline Testing | Analysing the Baseline Data

    • Baseline Testing | Assessing Baseline Fatigue

    • Assessing Baseline Fatigue | Audio Summary

    • Assessing Baseline Fatigue | Quiz

    • Baseline Testing | Progressing after the Baseline

    • Baseline Testing | Off Season

    • Baseline Testing | Pre Season

    • Baseline Testing | In Season

    • Baseline Testing | Summary

    • Baseline Testing | Baseline Duration Quiz

    • Baseline Testing | Survey

    • Baseline Testing | FAQs

    • Baseline Testing | Response Inhibition | 30m Baseline

    • Baseline Testing | Response Inhibition | 45m Baseline

    • Baseline Testing | Response Inhibition | 60m Baseline

    • Baseline Testing | Sustained Attention | 30m Baseline

    • Baseline Testing | Sustained Attention | 45m Baseline

    • Baseline Testing | Sustained Attention | 60m Baseline

    • Baseline Testing | Decision Making | 30m Baseline

    • Baseline Testing | Decision Making | 45m Baseline

    • Baseline Testing | Decision Making | 60m Baseline

  • 6

    Selecting the Best Approach

    • Selecting the Best Approach Positional KPIs | Positional Baseline

    • Selecting the Best Approach Individual KPIs | Individual Baseline

    • Selecting the Best Approach | What is the difference?

    • Selecting the Best Approach | Audio Summary

    • Selecting the Best Approach | Quiz

    • Selecting the Best Approach | Survey

  • 7

    Loading Guidelines

    • Loading Guidelines | Introduction

    • Loading Guidelines | Off Season

    • Loading Guidelines | Pre Season

    • Loading Guidelines | In Season

    • Loading Guidelines | Recovery

    • Loading Guidelines | Summary

    • Loading Guidelines | Audio Summary

    • Loading Guidelines | Survey

    • Loading Guidelines | FAQs

    • Loading Guidelines | PDF

    • Loading Guidelines | Quiz

  • 8

    Integration into the sporting environment

    • Integration into the sporting environment | Introduction

    • Integration into the sporting environment | Why to place BET Pre Session

    • Why to place BET Pre Session | Audio Summary

    • Integration into the sporting environment | Why to place BET In Session

    • Why to place BET In Session | Audio Summary

    • Integration into the sporting environment | Why to place BET Post Session

    • Why to place BET Post Session | Audio Summary

    • Integration into the sporting environment | Why to place BET Pre,During,Post Session

    • Why to place BET Pre, During, Post Session | Audio Summary

    • Integration into the sporting environment | Assessing mental fatigue

    • Integration into the sporting environment | Summary

    • Integration into the sporting environment | Quiz

    • Integration into the sporting environment | Survey

    • Integration into the sporting environment | FAQs

  • 9

    Brain Endurance Training Road Map

    • Brain Endurance Training Road Map

    • Brain Endurance Training | 3 Step Planning

    • Brain Endurance Training Road Map PDF

    • Brain Endurance Training Road Map | Survey

  • 10

    Fundamentals

    • Fundamentals | Getting a full picture of performance

    • Fundamentals | What does Soma NPT measure

    • Fundamentals | Reaction Time or Speed?

    • Fundamentals | How do you calculate Speed?

    • Fundamentals | What is more accurate Speed or Reaction Time and why?

    • Fundamentals | What is RPE? Why does it matter?

    • Fundamentals | What is Variation? Why does it matter?

    • Fundamentals | What is RCS & Why is RCS important?

    • Fundamentals | Monitoring Mental Fatigue

    • Fundamentals | What is a lapse?

    • Fundamentals | What are the benefits of placing Brain Endurance Training (BET) Pre Session

    • Fundamentals | What are the benefits of placing Brain Endurance Training (BET) In Session

    • Fundamentals | What are the benefits of placing Brain Endurance Training (BET) Pre during & Post Session

    • Fundamentals | What are the benefits of placing Brain Endurance Training (BET) Post Session

    • Fundamentals | Session Duration

    • Fundamentals | Quiz

    • Fundamentals | Survey

    • Fundamentals | FAQs

    • Fundamentals | The Effects of Mental Fatigue on Performance

    • Fundamentals | The Benefits of Brain Endurance Training (BET)

  • 11

    Soma Analytics

    • Soma Analytics | Introduction

    • Soma Analytics | Walk-through

    • Soma Analytics | Reaction Time

    • Soma Analytics | Speed

    • Soma Analytics | Accuracy

    • Soma Analytics | Variation

    • Soma Analytics | Rate of Correct Score (RCS)

    • Soma Analytics | RPE

    • Soma Analytics | VAS-F

    • Soma Analytics | Adding a User

    • Soma Analytics | Purchasing Soma IDs

    • Soma Analytics | Search for a user

    • Soma Analytics | Soma ID Archive

    • Soma Analytics | Analytical Reports

    • Soma Analytics | Calculating Baseline Data

    • Soma Analytics | Baseline Comparison

    • Soma Analytics | Plan Builder

    • Soma Analytics | Calendar

    • Soma Analytics | Trends

    • Soma Analytics | Slider Bar

    • Soma Analytics | Notes

    • Soma Analytics | Soma Profiling

    • Soma Analytics | Automated Analytical Reports

    • Soma Analytics | Invoices

    • Soma Analytics | Mastering the basics

    • Soma Analytics | Survey

    • Soma Analytics | Test Part 1

    • Soma Analytics | Test Part 2

    • Soma Analytics | FAQs

  • 12

    How to structure a Brain Endurance Training Plan

    • How to structure a Brain Endurance Plan | Understanding Periodization

    • How to structure a Brain Endurance Training Plan | How to structure a Mesocycle

    • How to structure Brain Endurance Training | How to structure a Microcycle

    • How to structure a Brain Endurance Training Plan | How to progress a Microcycle

    • How to structure a Brain Endurance Plan | Cognitive Stress

    • How to structure a Brain Endurance Training Plan | Quiz

    • How to structure a Brain Endurance Training Plan | Survey

    • How to structure a Brain Endurance Training Plan | FAQs

    • How to structure a Brain Endurance Training Plan | Response Inhibition 30m | 45m | 60m Plan

    • How to structure a Brain Endurance Training Plan | Sustained Attention 30m | 45m | 60m Plan

    • How to structure a Brain Endurance Training Plan | Decision Making 30m | 45m | 60m Plan

    • How to structure a Brain Endurance Training Plan | Hybrid 30m | 45m | 60m Plan

  • 13

    Brain Endurance Training | Progressive Overload

    • Brain Endurance Training | Progressive Overload

    • Progressive Overload | Quiz

    • Progressive Overload | Survey

  • 14

    Brain Endurance Training | Undulating Periodization

    • Brain Endurance Training | Undulating Periodization

    • Undulating Periodization | Quiz

    • Undulating Periodization | Survey

  • 15

    Soma Research

    • Soma Research | Introduction

    • Soma Research | Test

  • 16

    Soma Baseline Assignment

    • Soma Baseline Assignment | Building a Baseline Test

  • 17

    Soma Plan Builder Assignment

    • Soma Plan Builder Assignment | Test

  • 18

    Brain Endurance Training Case Studies

    • Brain Endurance Training Case Studies | Final Assignment

    • Brain Endurance Training Case Studies | Final Assignment | Data Analysis

    • Brain Endurance Training Case Studies | Final Assignment | Progressions

  • 19

    The Psychobiological Model

    • The Psychobiological model | Dr Staiano

    • The Psychobiological Model | Does the drill need to replicate the game exactly?

    • The Psychobiological Model | How do you know BET is working?

    • The Psychobiological Model Research | What does BET actually do for my sport and is it only working for endurance athletes?

    • The Psychobiological Model | Aren’t they just getting better at the test/drill?

    • The Psychobiological Model | How does the test/drill transfer?

    • The Psychobiological Model | Can an Athlete just do 1 min sets ONLY?

    • The Psychobiological Model | Why is all the research around mental fatigue with long duration?

    • The Psychobiological Model | Why is perception of effort such a big deal?

    • The Psychobiological Model | How is Soma NPT validated ?

    • The Psychobiological Model | What actually generates the sense of effort?

    • The Psychobiological Model | The link between physical & mental fatigue

    • The Psychobiological Model Research | The limit to exercise tolerance in humans: Mind over muscle?

    • The Psychobiological Model Research | Mental fatigue impairs physical performance in humans

    • The Psychobiological Model Research | Impact of 4-week Brain Endurance Training (BET) on Cognitive and Physical Performance in Professional Football Players

    • The Psychobiological Model Research | The cardinal exercise stopper: Muscle fatigue, muscle pain or perception of effort?

    • The Psychobiological Model Research | Kayaking performance is altered in mentally fatigued young elite athletes

    • The Psychobiological Model Research | Neural Correlates of Perception of Effort: A Brain Imaging Study

  • 20

    Mental Fatigue Research

    • Mental Fatigue Research

  • 21

    Brain Endurance Training PDF Handouts

    • Brain Endurance Training PDF Handouts | How Mental Fatigue can affect athletic performance

    • Brain Endurance Training PDF Handouts | BET vs Control Research

    • Brain Endurance Training PDF Handouts | When your competition starts to break you don't

    • Brain Endurance Training PDF Handouts | The Benefits of Brain Endurance Training (BET)

    • Brain Endurance Training PDF Handouts | The Effect of Mental Fatigue on Performance

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FAQ

  • What is Brain Endurance Training (BET)

    Brain Endurance Training is the use of cognitive load, in the form of technology-based drills, to train and create adaptations in the brain. Brain Endurance Training does exactly what its name suggests. It gives athletes more mental capacity to handle more physical load for longer periods of time. This is not a 'trick' to the brain. It is not a question of being tough either. This is a systematic and methodical training approach that requires commitment, knowledge and a good deal of execution. You can not 'play' with drills and call it BET. BET is hard work. Like hard strength work, you need LOAD (on the brain) to achieve the adaptations you want.

  • Do you offer a free trial?

    We do not have a free trial of Soma NPT or a freemium model for the app. There are a few reasons for this. The application of BET and therefore SOMA NPT's use, requires some foundational knowledge. It makes no sense to open up the platform to allow people to play with the tech, you wouldn't know where to start and what to do. This would not be beneficial to your understanding and application of BET and it could even be frustrating. In order to give you some foundational knowledge around BET we provide the Free Course to get you started. This enables you to make an informed decision about BET and if it is the right time for you to implement it into your training regime. We have undertaken a substantial amount of studies with Soma NPT and we know it works. There is a huge number of mental fatigue research that supports mental fatigue training in athletes. There is not really a need for you to 'test' it out and 'see if it works' we know it does. We want you to succeed. Giving free trials often leads to a lack of compliance long term. If something is free we respect it less, we procrastinate more. Your success with BET depends on your commitment to learning and the actual hard work around implementation. People who pay for that privilege are more likely to see it through and get the results they want. We put time and energy into each customer. We answer individual emails and provide ongoing support. We want to know our time is going into those who are committed to doing the work.

  • What is Soma NPT?

    The APP which is the Training Tool iPhone & iPad The cognitive tasks within Soma NPT are used to induce mental fatigue (which are the core of BET program) they were chosen based on their effect on specific areas of the brain and how they target specific cognitive functions. Soma NPT has built all of its cognitive tasks following the guidelines of these validated tasks.

  • What is Soma Analytics?

    Soma Analytics is the web-based back-end where the training data from the app is held, can be analysed, analytical reports are generated and BET programs can be created.

  • How is Soma NPT validated ?

    In the last decade, several scientific publications have proven how mental fatigue affects sport performance. The cognitive tasks they used to induce mental fatigue (which are the core of BET program) were chosen based on their effect on specific areas of the brain and how they target specific cognitive functions. These tasks were delivered using computer –based devices. SOMA NPT has built all of its cognitive tasks following the guidelines of these validated tasks. Moreover, we have built an extensive data set (soon published) that proves how all SOMA NPT tasks produce the same effects as of those computer based tasks and can be used in BET programs. Since the beginning of 2018 we have aimed to make SOMA NPT a science based application and thus we are striving to produce scientific research output that proves the quality and efficacy of this product.

  • What does BET actually do for my sport and is it only working for endurance athletes?

    BET is a training designed to increase resilience to fatigue. As the name states it helps your brain to endure more when the negative effects of tiredness and mental fatigue start kicking in. In this perspective, this training is not designed to target a specific motor ability, which then you transfer in your specific sport. Instead, it is a utility is to boost your mental toughness and neurocognitive ability to sustain more effort during any sport performance. As matter of fact, one of the main features of this type of training is that your perception of effort while performing a sport at a given load/speed/power is reduced. A natural consequence of a reduced effort is that you will last longer (smaller decrease in performance due to fatigue) in any type of mental or physical exercise.

  • How does the test/drill transfer?

    The transfer of BET is a generic ability of your brain to sustain a high level of fatigue and still perform at an appropriate level. Science has demonstrated how physical and mental fatigue share common areas of the brain that activate. In other words, either you are tired because you have done a long run or you feel fatigued because a long day in front of your computer or a sleep deprived night, the sense of fatigue you will feel it is always generated by the same area of the brain. So you can train your brain to be more resistant to fatigue through targeted cognitive drills and your physical performance will benefit from it.

  • How does BET make an Athlete better in their Sport?

    BET is a cognitive training specifically designed to increase your resilience toward the sense of fatigue. It works on the principle that the sense of fatigue develops in certain areas of the brain that can be targeted by specific cognitive tasks and can induce an adaptation in the brain which will make the athlete more resistant. Sense of fatigue is a key component in sport because it critically alters performance by increasing the perception of effort in completing a specific action (both physical and mental).