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The brain project

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  • 1. The Brain Project Josh Cooper
  • 2. Cerebellum - balance is a huge factor when it comes to the game of football. Itssomething each player must have, otherwise, on the football field you and yourteam mates will fall all over the place. Thiscould cause many problems.
  • 3. Medulla - as a quarterback all yourfocus and attention must go into thegame, you must study the defense,look for open players, and be able toanticipate whats coming. You cannotalso have to control your heartmanually.
  • 4. Pons - the pons is also VERY important to a QB, a good QB must be able toknow whats going on around him, so he can react and make the right call.
  • 5. Reticular Formation - The RF is very important because it determines how quicklyyou become alert. For example, for running backs the quicker they feel someonebeginning to make a tackle on them, then the sooner they can try and break free.
  • 6. Thalamus - for a receiver it is important for them to signal to the QB that they areopen, either waving their hands in the air or yelling. This helps the QB determinethe best possible scenario. OR to tell his team mates what the defense might bebringing, and signals an audible, changing the play.
  • 7. Hypothalamus - What drives a football team in the fourth quarter with under 2 minutes to play and down by 5 points to play hard and fight for that game-winning touchdown? What denys them to give up? Motivation. The Head Coach has the same job as the hypothalamus, its job is to regulate motivation.
  • 8. Amygdala - Troy Polamalu is a vicious Safety, a hard-hitting ruthless player who enjoys inflicting pain. He brings fears to players on the opposing team, the amygdala allows for them to experience this fear.
  • 9. Hippocampus - All team matesmust have a strong memory,when your coach calls a playyou must know what your roleis in that play, thehippocampus allows you toremember that role.
  • 10. Corpus Callosum - This is like the coaches on a football team. The two sides of thebrain for example, would be the offense and the defense teams, they areseparate but with those coaches they merge as one team and come together onthe football field.
  • 11. Occipital Lobe: Visual cortex - the ability to see is obviously one of theMOST crucial abilities in order to play football. You cannot play without it, fact. Itis used by all players, either by defensive backs and safetys whom watch thequarterbacks eyes to see where they plan on throwing the ball so they can deflector even intercept the pass. Or the head coach who watches for the play anddecides whether to call the timeout or not. Or simply being able to see the ball inorder to catch it.
  • 12. Temporal Lobe: Auditory cortex - A perfect example of how your auditory cortex works, iswhen a QB calls an audible, the players who much change their routes and suchmust be able to interpret what their QB is telling them. Hes not just going to tellthem their route straight forward, he tells them in code.
  • 13. Parietal Lobe: Sensory Cortex - The best way to compare this to football is the tackle. Youfeel the pain, wihout this cortex you wouldn’t know if during a tackle you gotinjured. Playing with an injury could lead to severe damages. Feeling your injuriestells your body when its time to leave the game, if you had a concussion and youmake this call, you could be saving your life.
  • 14. Motor Cortex - This controls areas of the body that require precise control, suchas fingers, and mouth, and feet as well. All of these things are extremelyimportant, a running back uses his hands to hold on to the ball while runningthrough defenders, his feet require constant thinking because one foot step couldcost him a touchdown run. Sensory Cortex - This stimulates the action to which the player reacts. If a runningback for example feels a defender begin to wrap around him, he will drive his legs and break free of the tackle. Using these senses that his brain receives, he processes and takes action.