The Neuroscience has been revealed as an aid to the athlete. It modulates his brain activity to obtain a higher performance. The goal is to improve health and encourage increased athletic performance. In this way we can achieve: control of anxiety, concentration, self-confidence, ability, imagination, focus, attention, motivation.
This type of training is widely spread among athletes, teams and institutions. Some of those who have publicly acknowledged using Neurofeedback to supplement their preparation are:
Tennis: Roger Federer, Mary Pierce | Hockey team Vancouver Canucks | Italian Soccer Team, AC Milan | Volleyball: Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings | Swimming: Eric Shanteau, Jessica Hardy | Golf: Phil Mickelson | American Football: Chicago Bears, New York Giants | Ski: Alexandre Bilodeau and Jennifer Heil | Professional shooter: Abhinav Bindra | NASA pilots
Coaches and athletes often attribute success or failure in a competition to the intensity of the general activation of the athlete. Achieving maximum performance does not only depend on the physical state: the emotional state, maximum attention and concentration as well as the neurophysiological state are also essential factors in order to maximize results.
Sleeping well is directly proportional to the performance that we are going to have. That is, the better we sleep, the more we will perform whatever our field of work. If we take into account that life expectancy can be placed in 80 years, we would spend 30 years sleeping, hence the importance of a restful sleep for our daily lives.
Dr. Paula Giménez Rodríguez, director of the HLA Vistahermosa Clinic Sleep Unit (Alicante) adds that «there has been a relationship between short-term sleep and the presence of daytime fatigue, psychomotor involvement, accidents, deterioration of physical and psychological health and low academic or work performance».
Therefore, a good night’s sleep will bring us countless benefits such as:
The prevention of injuries, the processing of the technique after continued practice, the strengthening of the immune system, increased comcentration, improved coordination …
Thanks to the Neurofeedback technique correctly applied by any of our therapists, important improvements can be obtained, such as the stabilization of sleep cycles, a restful and deeper sleep, the decrease or disappearance of restless legs syndrome, nightmares and nocturnal terrors.
This technique regulates your Central Nervous System through a learning process in which the brain obtains a more adequate activity. During the training sessions we managed to lower the activation threshold, favoring the conciliation and efficiency of sleep. The application of the technique is supervised at all times by one of our Psychologists or Neuro-Psychologists and does not require any medication. For this reason it can be of great help to gradually eliminate the use of hypnosedatives or anxiolytics.
We can say that one of the most difficult aspects for an athlete is the ability to work without being influenced by the emotional triggers. With Neurofeedback we can work to solve situations that will generate moments of stress and anxiety.
The anxiety in sport is a very delicate subject, it is due to the enormous impact that the negative emotional states are going to inflict on our performance. Many of the sport failures are due to not having control over this loop.
Anxiety is nothing more than a natural response of our organism. This response causes our body to release adrenaline and tense muscles. The symptoms of that anxiety and our response to them will make the difference between victory and defeat.
In Neurovitalia we work with Neurofeedback to help you face and gradually tolerate anxious situations. Through this technique the person manages to overcome the emotional blocks produced by anxiety, acquiring a greater capacity for management and control of the factors causing stress as well as the disappearance of physiological signs of distress and discomfort. In this way, the person can acquire control of the problem as it progresses with the sessions and, in addition, stop being so vulnerable to the spiral of anxiety.
It is characterized by the individual manages to focus all its energy on the completion of the task, its involvement in the development of the same and the success that this brings.
When we achieve the aforementioned mental state, we will influence the movement patterns getting a better integration of conscious and subconscious reflex functions and improving coordination. Many athletes describe it as the absence of effort in their performance while they are reaching their best marks.
For an elite athlete, achieving the «Flow» is something subconscious that has been achieved after many years of training. With Neurofeedback technique, undoubtedly, the individual will reach that state of ‘Flow’ much sooner.
In recent years, researchers have found evidence that lifting more repetitions of a lighter weight can increase muscle mass with the same number of repetitions of greater weight. Even so, those who train with greater weight still see greater gains in strength than those who lift lighter loads.
But if the force differs even when the muscle mass does not, what explains this disparity?
Nathaniel Jenkins and his colleagues may have discovered some answers by measuring how the brain and motor neurons (cells that send electrical signals to the muscle) adapt to high versus low weight training. His study suggests that high-load training improves conditions of the nervous system to transmit electrical signals from the brain to the muscles, increasing the strength that these muscles can produce to a greater extent than low-load training.
The muscles contract when they receive electrical signals. These ones are originated in the motor cortex which is rich in brain neurons. These signals descend from the cortex to the spinal tract, accelerating through the spine and jumping to other motor neurons that then excite the muscle fibers. Jenkins found evidence that the nervous system activates more of these motor neurons, or excites them more often, when they are subjected to high-load training. That increased excitement could explain the greater strength gains despite comparable growth in muscle mass.
A recent study by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has given new meaning to the concept of brain power by suggesting that physical strength could derive from both the exercise of the nervous system and the muscles that it controls.
Thanks to Neurofeedback therapy you can focus more on daily training being more effective and efficient in each and every one of these trainings and their respective competitions.
Brain injury can occur in a single incident or in less serious but repetitive incidents, such as it could occur with a Rugby player at the end of his professional career after 10 years.
Due to a 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 existing connections. Thanks to neuroplasticity, neurofeedback can teach the brain to function normally once again, even if many years have passed since the initial injury.