Neurofeedback peak performance brain training, such as Brainnasium, cut its international teeth when the public discovered that Olympian after Olympian used this training to improve focus and overall performance. In a word: they were able to get “In The Zone”. The world took notice in 2006 when the Italian National Soccer team kicked up their performance by using Neurofeedback and took home the World Cup!
Picture this: It all comes down to this moment. You’ve pushed your body to its physical limits for four long years. You’ve assembled gigabytes of performance data and analyzed it over and over. You’ve lived like a monk, keeping a boring routine of practice, sleep, practice, sleep. You don’t have time for real relationships except for those that involve your chosen apparatus and your coach. Vanilla lattes? Ice cream sundaes? “Forgettaboutit”; they could potentially throw off your training and performance.
Then the moment arrives. The most important twenty-five seconds of your life. The world is watching. Butterfly wings are whipping up a tornado in your stomach. You start performing the routine you’ve practiced for 4 straight years leading up to this moment and then disaster strikes. For one fleeting second you lose focus and make a mistake, costing you a shot at glory or even getting on the medal stand.
Much has been made of Olympic Beach Volleyball champion Kerri Walsh-Jennings incorporating Neurofeedback into her training routine in the 2012 Olympics. But elite athlete’s use of Neurofeedback in the Olympics and other high-profile sporting events is nothing new. The “home team” used Neurofeedback extensively in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Alexandre Bilodeau, the Canadian men’s mogul champion, credited his gold medal to Neurofeedback. He used it effectively to relax between runs. But Neurofeedback’s use as a tool for peak athletic performance isn’t just limited to the Olympics. The NHL’s Vancouver Canucks, after a 20 year post-season draught, skated their way to a 2011 Stanley Cup championship. What did they do differently? Neurofeedback training.
In fact, brain training seems to be the worst kept secret in professional and Olympic sports. Star athletes from the NBA, NFL, LPGA – and even pro rugby players – have turned to Neurofeedback for that mental advantage that can catapult them above and beyond the competition. And this makes sense, given what is known about Neurofeedback peak performance train.
For many, Neurofeedback can improve the depth and quality of sleep. Can you imagine individuals for whom sleep is more important than elite athletes? Trainers have found that deep, restorative sleep often directly correlates to performance.
Neurofeedback may 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.
Neurofeedback can aid focus, and focus 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 negative thinking. Athletes are subject to slumps in sports, not because of what’s lacking in their bodies, but because of what has gotten into their brains. 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 performance, but they are inevitable. You can’t be “on” every single day. Neurofeedback can help one to dispense with a bad day or performance without internalizing or obsessing over it.
The Cognitive Edge
Neurofeedback can help with anti-aging and “brain fitness.” Apart from mental slips, the greatest enemy of the athlete is time – because, with time comes age. Physical condition is only one aspect of competition. The brain has to be sharp, resilient, and flexible. It needs to be ready for lightning-quick changes coming from opponents. Athletes have found ways of preserving their bodies longer so they participate in many more Olympics. But just like their body, the older athlete’s brain is aging. Neurofeedback can help reserve that cognitive edge over time.
Now you don’t have to be an elite athlete to experience Brainnasium, the world-class, peak performance, Neurofeedback. It’s relaxation that can change your life. Contact your local Brainnasium provider and experience the benefits for yourself!