Neurofeedback for Peak Performance
It’s the last chance for the team to win; the score is all tied up. It comes down to this final free throw shot after a late foul. My heart is pounding and I am sweating profusely. Now if I can only focus and concentrate on this winning goal while I drown out the sounds of the crowd in an uproar and block out the looks of desperation on my teammates’ faces needing me to secure the win. Normally my free throw average has been high, but I have been having trouble focusing lately in these high pressure situations. What more could I have done to prepare for this?
Since the late 1960’s research found that it is possible to recondition and retrain brainwave patterns. (Hammond, 2011). Neurofeedback, which is a type of biofeedback, can be utilized to assist individuals who may be looking to strengthen various performance qualities. Neurofeedback has been described as exercise for the brain and works similar to operant conditioning: conditioning in which the desired behavior is followed by a rewarding or reinforcing stimulus. The neurofeedback equipment reads the brainwave activity and gives the individual instantaneous auditory and visual feedback to help him become aware of the brainwave patterns and work to retrain the patterns. This can produce a variety of effects such as improved sleep, emotional control or better focus or organization. For instance, an athlete whose performance may suffer under highly stressful game situations may benefit from brain training to increase his ability to focus and improve his ability to react with an appropriate emotional response, allowing him to use his skills more efficiently.
Another example of how neurofeedback may benefit performance could be to an employee who has been struggling to meet deadlines due to procrastination in starting tasks or projects. One who struggles to organize his thoughts or gets distracted easily may be able to retrain his brainwave patterns to improve organization and attention to assist in completing tasks. Intellectual efficiency strengthened through neurofeedback has been referred to as ‘brain brightening’ in the neurofeedback field.
Research has documented success from neurofeedback training. “In a randomized, blind controlled study, neurofeedback significantly enhanced musical performance and a similarly designed study documented significant improvements in ballroom dance performance. Such results have also been reported with golf, archery, improving fast reaction time and visuospatial abilities, improving singing performance, acting performance, and improvement in radar-monitoring tasks” (Hammond, 2011).
Neurofeedback training is available at Wholeness Healing Center as part of our peak performance program geared toward overall improvement in functioning.
To learn more about this service or training package, please contact us at 308-382-5297. More information is found on our web site at httos://wholenesshealing.com/holistic-services/neurobiofeedback .
Hammond, D. C. (2011). What is neurofeedback: an update. Journal of Neurotherapy, 15:305-336.Tags: Brain training, neurofeedback, Peak Performance
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- Jody Johnson, LICSW, LIMHP, began working at Wholeness Healing Center as a therapist in 2007. Jody graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with her Masters in Social Work. She received her bachelor degree in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
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