Peak Achievement Trainer® Review by Dr. Noel Blundell
“As a sport psychologist who spends much of my time with elite professional athletes I am forever searching for an edge to assist my clientele. The notions expressed by Dr. Jon Cowan relative to his Peak Achievement Trainer (PAT) appeared attractive and in concert with my professional philosophies. Having been in private practice for 25 years in the international sporting arena, it is imperative that my clientele fully capitalize on their potential, otherwise my practice would very soon be decimated. So it was with keen interest that I spoke with Dr. Jon Cowan and ultimately purchased a Peak Achievement Trainer. I posed several questions:
  1. Would it meet the advertised claims in the real world of elite sport?
  2.  Would the PAT results reflect accurately the demands of the varying sporting environments?
  3. Would the PAT be accepted by elite international athletes in a range of sports as a valid measure of key aspects of their psychological performance?
  4. Could the PAT be used productively as an evaluative and educational tool?
Initial exploratory work has been undertaken with a number of elite athletes. These include a multiple world squash champion; world champions in 2 different sailing classes; other world championship sailing competitors; top 10 world ranked slalom canoeists; arguably Australia’s greatest V8 Supercar (comparable to NASCAR in the USA) champion; an international equestrian; elite touring professional golfers; and elite professional tennis players, as well as elite international junior tennis players and golfers.
It must be stressed that the work was exploratory and ongoing. However, a number of outcome trends were clearly evident.
First, it was found that fluctuations in the athlete’s focus and arousal/alertness were clearly reflective of the varying demands of the environment in which they were competing.
This was particularly evident in the potentially more dangerous sports of V8 Supercar racing, slalom canoeing and yachting (moth) class, where alertness and arousal consistently fluctuated according to changes in the environmental demands. Moreover, the athletes confirmed that measures obtained relative to fluctuations in focus and alertness and use of a micro break were an accurate representation of their perceptions of what occurred in the heat of competition.
Even though the majority of the sports involving the athletes were very open sports which required attention to move flexibly and smoothly from scanning the environment to narrow focus, and vice versa, it was found that the world champion performers had superior capacities to narrow their focus of attention. Moreover, they seemed to achieve this task with relative ease, were able to sustain their focus longer, and with the expenditure of less mental energy.
This was particularly evident in the world champion squash player when competing against male top 50 world ranked professionals. Her quality of focus seemed to unlock a chain reaction in patterns of play and anticipation that went beyond the measured parameters. It assisted her in picking up the flight of her opponent’s shots early which, in turn, enabled her to quickly position herself effectively in the court, providing her with a range of shot options. This, in turn, enabled her to hit shots to positions on the court that limited the range of shot options that were available to her opponent. Because of the limitations placed on her opponent, it seemed that her focus was easily sustained. She was able to establish a pattern of play that enabled her to dictate against quality opposition. This process proved an excellent coaching educational tool for both the attending coaches and other international players, elite professionals and world class junior players.

The integration of the dynamics of on court play with fluctuations/sustainability of focus and alertness proved a powerful tool. The PAT also proved a particularly valuable and accurate measure of changes in arousal level when several athletes were tested applying intervention stress management strategies (e.g. centering).”

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