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Witty SEM Reactive and Cognitive Training System

Witty SEM is a cognitive reactive training system made up of individual photocells boasting a 6 x 5 LED matrix. These cells are capable of projecting any number, letter or directional arrow in an array of colours allowing the user to pre-define or randomise testing protocols to incorporate reaction, agility and cognitive strategy.

Further to this the Witty SEM system now incorporates several Brain training modules allowing the user to enhance key cognitive processes such as brain speed, pattern identification and decision making capabilities.

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The Witty SEM Reactive System allows users to create their own tests in the Witty Manager software with a pre-configured start sequence and a repetition time. Some example tests include:

Start Stop Test

Providing a countdown and a green light every 20 seconds.

T Test and Decision Related Tasks

The system allows you to provide a delayed indication of the direction to follow after breaking the first beam. The athlete cuts the start beam, after a delay (selectable) the Witty SEM provides a random indication of the direction to follow. (right-left-forwardsbackwards).

Agility Test with Timing Gates

Witty SEM and also the Witty photocell can be combined together to create an agility gate. Multiple agility gates can be combined to define preset or random courses.This allows you to provide light targets with Witty SEMs and also accurately measure the cut by using the Witty Photocells.

Agility-Reactivity Test (no gates)

A Witty SEM can be used in a standalone mode. In order to create an agility gate using an internal proximity sensor. In addition the Multiple agility gates can be combined to define preset or random courses. Different detection distances are preset.

Agility Wall

The Witty SEM system can be used in conjunction with a frame to create a Reaction Wall as shown in the image.

The Witty SEM system includes:

Lights, tripods, charger and backpack.

The prices include the Witty Timer- if you already have a Witty Timer and only require the SEM gates please call for pricing.

Cognition in motion is the latest offering from Microgate, the company behind the Optojump and Witty family. Working in partnership with brain HQ (Posit science) Microgate have developed a training system that allows athletes to not only train physically on agility and reactivity, but also mentally, enhancing key cognitive parameters such as: awareness, brain speed, memory and intelligence.

Coming together to combine their knowledge of sports training with researchers in neuroscience, psychology, medical doctors and others, Microgate have been able to integrate brain training into their Witty SEM system. This allows athletes to train on their mental capabilities enhancing skills such as decision making, situational awareness and processing speed.

How does it work?
In almost every sport, athletes are faced with 100’s of decisions and decision making processes every minute. The right or wrong decision can be the difference between winning or losing. Synonymously, athletes at elite levels are also required to process patterns such as situational awareness, positioning and make informed decisions on what’s going to happen next in play.

Brain HQ (Posit Science) have developed 5 self-administered tests that allow athletes to work on brain speed, awareness, memory and intelligence. Microgate have been able to incorporate these tests into the Witty SEM system allowing athletes to train on these cognitive parameters during physical training. This is where the term ‘Cognition in motion’ comes from.

The 5 self-administered tests are as follows;

Useful field of view measures (UFOV) – measures the amount of information that can be accurately captured at a glance (at the center of gaze and periphery).

Multiple Object Tracking (MOT) – measures how many things a user can track simultaneously.

An immediate memory test (IMT) – tracks how many small pieces of information a user can recall in immediate memory.

Tonic Alertness Phased Alertness Test (TAPAT) – measures inhibitory response and impulse control of the user.

Executive Function Test (EFT) – this measures decision-making under time pressure in a shifting environment.

Depending on the settings, in this configuration Witty SEM displays a countdown followed by a green “start” signal. You can set up the system to define whether or not the timer will record the “green light trip” as a start pulse. In some cases the athlete’s start can be calculated from the time he/she transits in front of a photocell or when the foot shifts from a specific position; in this case the indicator can be configured to display the green “start” signal without transmitting a start pulse.

The countdown management facility is invaluable in all tests requiring a programmed recovery period, such as a classic shuttle test;

Example: shuttle test with Witty SEM and 2 photocells, 10 m sprint with 20 seconds recovery. The athlete starts with the green start signal and breaks the beam of the first photocell, which transmits the start pulse to the timer; after ten metres the athlete breaks the finish beam (second photocell) and the system starts the 20 second countdown for the programmed recovery period; the indicator shows the final 10 seconds of the countdown and then displays the next green start signal. The number of repetitions can be set beforehand by the coach.

The same function is invaluable to stagger starts by a pre-set time when working with several athletes on the same track.

Example: Multistart test with Witty SEM and 1 photocell, 30 m straight sprint with a 10 second interval between each new athlete start. As soon as the indicator shows the green light the timer is triggered and the athlete starts the sprint; in the meantime the indicator starts the 10 second countdown for the next start.