Coach Randal Doaty
Hyper-Neuro-Stimulation Syndrome (HNSS) sounds like a frightening disease or an otherwise disabling condition. HNSS is actually just a term that I personally coined for a phenomenon that I have been observing over the past 18 years in my study of the mental aspects of basketball. Unless you coached basketball players a few decades ago, you may not have ever noticed the subtle but evident change. The minds of today’s athletes are in a rapid state of evolution.
Based on my own studies and observations, the minds of today’s athletes have been altered as a result of their constant exposure to high levels of psychological stimulation through the use of video games, texting, virtual reality and constantly listening to high energy music. The brain is constantly hotwired. Today’s youth have become unsuspecting lab experiment volunteers into the effects of hyper-stimulation on their minds.
If you think these effects have bypassed the sports world, you would be wrong. The ability of an athlete to control their focus and their attitude has been significantly altered. They struggle to remain in the here and now. Their moods shift more quickly, randomly and with less self-control. Any coach who is committed to high performance athletes can attest to the evidence of a shift in mental volatility in their top athletes over the past few decades.
One of the keys to Focus & Attitude Coaching is attempting to understand the root causes of HNSS and utilizing the steps that can be taken to control this condition in their athletes. Whether you are a coach or a teacher ( if there is a difference ) you need to be able to gain some level of control over focus and attitude if you hope to get a group of people to perform collectively either athletically or academically. To do so, you will need to embrace the notion of HNSS philosophies and tools.