Sports Performance / Peak Performance
When thinking about Neurofeedback most would assume that it is most suitable for those who have neurological issues or some form of a mental disability. Although Neurofeedback has its roots in being a reliable treatment modality for ADHD and Epilepsy, neurofeedback has the ability to improve the high performing brain. Whether you are a high school athlete, collegiate athlete, professional athlete, CEO of a company, or an individual that's looking to get a competitive edge.
At EBP, Using qEEG Brain mapping, we are able to identify low or high brainwave activity which may cause issues related to the inability to focus, mental fatigue, and/or inability to properly manage stress. If the individual is not able to regulate these issues, it can negatively impact the performance. With a treatment regimen according to your specific goals and the way your individual brain performs, Neurofeedback has the ability to:
Increase mental energy.
Improve Impulse control
Increase mental flexibility
Attention and Focus
Sports Performance places heavy demands on the brain to focus while ignoring distracting stimuli. Different sports place different demands on the brain overall, the ability to be attentive and focused would directly impact an individual's performance in a healthy manner. Neurotherapy improves a person's ability to stay on task while maintaining a high level of brain function.
Improves Emotional Control
One of the most difficult aspects of being an athlete is the ability to perform without being influenced by emotional triggers. Anxiety over a big upcoming game or the pressure to perform to high standards can negatively influence how an athlete performs. Neurofeedback stabilizes mood and emotional perception, including the perception and ability to cope with stress. This decreases anxiety overall, making moments of high demand easier to emotionally manage. Neurofeedback helps decrease distractibility caused by these emotions so an athlete can perform optimally.
Increase Cognitive Functioning
As a person ages, the brain naturally begins to decline in certain areas, such as memory. Just as a person must exercise the body to keep in prime physical shape, fitness for the brain is also necessary to keep the brain functioning at its best. Neurofeedback acts as this exercise for the brain to maintain its highest ability. As an athlete age, performance quality does not weaken as it naturally would, as the brain stays in peak condition.
Restores Brain Function After Sports Concussion or Traumatic Brain Injury.
Athletes suffer from traumatic brain injury due to the nature of sports. Brain injury can occur in one single incident or in less severe yet repetitive incidences, such as when a soccer player hits the ball with their head repeatedly after years of playing. Due to brain injury, difficulties arise in areas such as attention, emotional control, balance control, impulse control, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and even seizures. Neuroplasticity is the brain's natural ability to reorganize itself by creating new neural networks and correcting already existing connections. Thanks to neuroplasticity, neurofeedback is able to teach the brain to function normally once again, even if it has been many years since the initial injury.
Improve Sleep Quality
A person's sleep directly influences how a person performs any task during the day, whether it be intellectual or physical performance. Athletes need recuperative, restorative sleep to maintain brain health. Sleep also assists in the healing process, helping to keep the athlete in the best physical health possible. Neurofeedback has been proven to improve the quality and depth of sleep, which directly benefits an athlete's performance.
"Concentration is a fine antidote to anxiety"
-Jack Nicklaus (Golf Great)
Neurofeedback Research, Peak Performance
Vernon, D., Dempster, T., Bazanova, O., Rutterford, N., Pasqualini, M., Andersen, S. (2009). Alpha neurofeedback training for performance enhancement: Reviewing the methodology. Journal of Neurotherapy 13(4), Pages 214 – 227.
Albert, A. O., Andrasik, F., Moore, J. L., & Dunn, B. R. (1998). Theta/beta training for attention, concentration and memory improvement in the geriatric population. Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback, 23(2), 109. Abstract.