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Is it necessary to train under the supervision of a doctor or other specialist?

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Is it necessary to train under the supervision of a doctor or other specialist?

Key Points:

  • Recreational activities have always been done for fun either socially or independently.
  • Most computer-based software programs are intended for you to use on your own computer when it suits you. Think exercise and fitness, not medicine.
  • A few programs used for people with medical conditions may be supervised or reviewed by the treating neuropsychologist, physician, or other healthcare personnel.


In most cases, no. Brain fitness is about a healthy lifestyle, not a medical intervention. Fitness is about healthy individuals and the prevention of potential problems. If a person has a serious condition, he or she should always consult a physician.

The field of brain fitness evolved from neuropsychology, which is usually practiced in hospitals or doctors’ offices with highly trained specialists administering and interpreting complex tests. But most of the software programs today are designed to be user-friendly and used in the comfort and privacy of your own home without any outside supervision.

Many programs have a built in coach or teacher to help explain what you are doing in each exercise, why you are doing it, and how you are doing. Others may have a coach or advisor that you can call for support. SharpBrains provides access to forums moderated by our Head Coach and other coaches. These coaches are available to answer your questions in a timely manner.

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