New Sport Programme Launched For Top Players
New Sport Programme Launched For Top Players Following Success Of Western Force Rugby Pilot
Programme identifies and improves physiological weaknesses in player's game after researches discovered co-ordination improvements in people being treated for dyslexia.
Dore Sport's Program Manager, Anthony Mondello, is in New Zealand for a series of meetings with top sports teams to brief them on the success of a pilot programme trialed with the Super 14 Western Force in Perth.
Former All Black coach, John Mitchell has just committed to another season with Dore Sport after the results achieved by eight players this year.
Mitchell noted improvements in all of the players' abilities and skills.
"The most amazing transformation was Digby Ione's. At the start of the season he sat on the bench during big games because he couldn't play well under pressure. After completing Dore Sport, Digby became Mitchell's first pick every week" said Mondello.
Ione went on to debut for the Wallabies in 2007.
Dore Sport worked with the coaching team to identify an initial group of players that were likely to benefit from the course.
"We were looking for guys who had loads of talent, speed and strength but just weren't achieving their potential - players who regularly failed to perform under pressure, couldn't remember plays, went missing during games, lost focus or control, had persistent injury or were inconsistent - played a blinder one week and were really bad the next".
"Physical problems like that are symptomatic of weaknesses in the cerebellum, which is the part of the brain that controls co-ordination, memory retention, balance, fine motor skills as well as eye-tracking, peripheral and spatial ability".
Dore Sport emerged and developed out of the Dore Program - an exercise based treatment for learning difficulties.
Clients seeking treatment for dyslexia, ADD, ADHD and dyspraxia found their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills improved as well as their ability to learn.
Two British sportsmen credit Dore Sport with developing the skills that resulted in selection for England.
Talented Wasps Flanker, Tom Rees became the World Cup Team's first choice for Flanker after doing Dore Sport in 2006. His clinical assessment showed he had poor spatial ability, which explained why he was regularly injured.
And Cricket Wicketkeeper Paul Nixon got called up for England and played at the World Cup after completing Dore Sport.
For more background:
English rugby flanker, Tom Rees interviewed in the UK Telegraph
British Guardian story on Paul Nixon