What are athletes made of?
It all boils down to that one moment.
The moment where all your hard work, training and devotion has led you to.
The moment to make that one decision or shot that will define the direction of your future.
The moment when pressure, stress, anxiety and fear of failure are your biggest obstacles.
And then the moment passes…
What makes some athletes take on that moment and come out glorious while others fail? What happens within that one fleeting nanosecond? Is it so hard to imaging that within that moment, they could lose their focus and make a mistake? A mistake or miscalculation that will mean the difference between a great win and a let down loss?
Today many elite pro-athletes are realizing that they need to train their brain just as hard as they train their body in order to improve their endurance and accuracy. These athletes are using neurofeedback training to supplement their extreme physical training so as to optimize their performance. After all your ‘head’ is supposed to be in the game, so why wouldn’t you train it?
So how does does it work?
An athletes ability to perform, regardless of the situation, is dependent upon their ability to shift readily between certain attentional states while regulating certain arousal states at the same time. Sometimes, a state of sustained focus and concentration is required, while at others, a state of mental and physical flexibility is necessary so that the athlete can be calm yet able to react quickly to the appropriate stimuli.
Biofeedback and neurofeedback are what many star athletes from the NBA, NFL, NHL and even pro rugby and pro soccer players have turned to, for increasing their performance during competitions. Neurofeedback holds great potential for maximizing athletic abilities in addition to many other benefits. It aims to mobilize endogenous system functions within the brain and body in order to activate a faster response, to operate efficiently, and to perform optimally under even the most stressful circumstances.