Enhancing cognitive flexibility of the Austrian Olympic sailing team

Olympic sailing makes high demands on the cognitive ability to adapt to continuously changing meteorological situations. The athletes have to read the wind and – as a consequence to changing situations – adjust their boat set-up as well as their tactical decisions as fast as possible.

In this project, we generated a sailing-specific assessment of the cognitive fundaments of cognitive flexibility and invented physical and mental exercises to train the basic fundaments of cognitive flexibility. The project is in line with sailors’ improvement of the preparation for the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020.

University of Vienna (PI)
Supported by the Austrian Sailing Federation (2018-2020)