From studying just under 1,000 student athletes, around half at the elite Division One level, the athletes were able to ignore electrical noise in the brain in order to better process external sounds such as a teammate or coach giving instructions.
The study’s author, Nina Kraus of Northwestern University said: “No one would argue against the fact that sports lead to better physically fitness, but we don’t always think of brain fitness and sports.
“We’re saying that playing sports can tune the brain to better understand one’s sensory environment.”
“A serious commitment to physical activity seems to track with a quieter nervous system,” Kraus said. “And perhaps, if you have a healthier nervous system, you may be able to better handle injury or other health problems.”
College level athletes in the US are usually pretty good. This is a lot more selective that peeps turning out for the college third team in the UK.
How much of this is going to be because people at that level of anything are pretty good at concentrating?