PEAK PHYSICAL PERFORMANCE
In addition to helping with problems associated with brain dis-regulation, Neurofeeback can be used to "tune-up" well functioning brains. This use of Neurofeedback is helping athletes of all forms and disciplines gain the competitive edge over their opponents, allowing athletes to reach optimal mental and physical states necessary to be successful on the field or in the gym. Olympic athletes, professional golfers, football teams through to power-lifters and personal trainers have all benefited from Neurofeedback training.
It is a highly complementary addition to your training regime and many of the benefits often include:
For many, Neurofeedback can improve the depth and quality of sleep. Can you imagine any individuals more important than elite athletes for whom sleep is the most important? Trainers have found that deep, restorative sleep often directly correlates to more efficient repair, recovery and performance.
Neurofeedback has been shown to increase neural plasticity, which helps the central nervous system better cope with stress. Few events in life involve stakes higher than professional or Olympic sports. Even the most gifted athletes succumb to Olympic-sized pressures and choke under the gaze of billions of spectators. Case in point: skater Michelle Kwan. She was supposedly a lock for a gold medal in the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, but fell apart under the spotlight and allowed a complete unknown (Sarah Hughes) to literally walk away with gold. Increasing your resilience to stressful situations when it matters most could benefit you when you need it most.
Neurofeedback is used by many as a tool to aid in meditation, focus and helping them stay in "the zone" easier and faster. This ability to remain focused is essential for athletes. But with all the distractions of a major event, it is an Olympic struggle to stay in the moment and not allow one’s concentration to flitter away. As goes focus, so goes one’s performance. A mere millisecond of mental drift can undermine years of training and careful preparation.
Neurofeedback can help undermine one-way, negative thinking. Athletes are subject to slumps in sports, not because of what’s lacking in their bodies, but because of what is affecting their mindset. If their performance persistently declines, it is easy for athletes to get in a mindset of, “I’ll never be good again” or “I’ll never break this bad streak”. Streaks and slumps are the enemies of peak athletic performers, but they are inevitable. You can’t be “on” every single day. Neurofeedback can help you dispense with a bad day or performance without internalizing or obsessing over it and help you return to that baseline of confidence and focus.
Neurofeedback can help with anti-ageing and brain fitness. Physical condition is only one aspect of competition. The brain has to be sharp; resilient, flexible. Ready for lightning-quick changes coming at them from opponents. Athletes have found ways of preserving their bodies longer so they may participate in many more competitions, but just like their body, the older athlete’s brain is ageing. Neurofeedback can help reserve that cognitive edge for much longer.
Neurofeedback has been used in many sports and fitness settings including:
- The Pro golf circuit
- Formula 1 teams
- NASA astronaut training centre
- United States Olympic Training Center
- English Institute of Sport (Olympic Training Center)
- Canadian National Olympic Sports Centers
- Norwegian Olympic Training Center
- Taiwanese Olympic Team
- Singapore Olympic Sports Council
- US Special Forces and Navy Seals training
- United States Army's Centers for Enhanced Performance
- Wingate Institute of Sports & Physical Education, Israel
- Human Performance Institute, Australian Special Forces
- West Point Military Academy