Neurofeedback for Athletic Performance

Muscular Man With Dumbbells On Black Background

More and more olympic athletes have turned to neurofeedback to give them the edge they need. With sports that sometimes come down to fractions of a second, more strength may not get them in the winner’s circle. Nor will adding more hours to an already exhaustive training schedule. Often the difference is that extra mental edge.

Runner athlete running at seaside. woman fitness silhouette sunrBut how does this apply to you? After all, you’re most likely not an olympic athlete. Can neurofeedback still help you?

The answer, of course, is yes. In fact, it’d probably help you MORE than an olympic athlete. Because let’s be honest, you have more room for improvement! 🙂

It doesn’t matter what sport you play. Golf, tennis, running, or basketball. And if you want to call poker, spelling bees and dominoes “sports” (they ARE on ESPN, right) neurofeedback with NeurOptimal can mostly certainly help get you to the next level!

Boost Your Mental Game

Slider, the Indians' mascotHere in Cleveland, we love our sports teams. We especially remember the baseball teams of the 1990s. One of the heroes of that era was the catcher, Sandy Alomar.

Sandy played for Cleveland for 11 years, and was good every year. But 1997?!?! Take a look at these stats:

Stat Other Years 1997
Batting Avg. .271 .324
Slugging Pct. .365 .545
Doubles 14 37
Home runs 6 21

What on earth was going on? We suspect a couple of things:

1. Research on brain plasticity shows that with training, we can improve our brain’s processing speed. We wonder whether this happened spontaneously (without intentional training) for Sandy, so that those 98 MPH fastballs seemed to take just a bit longer to get to the plate.

2. The great psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is noted for his research on “flow”: the state of effortless high performance occasionally achieved by athletes and others. When you’re in flow, your brain’s resources are almost completely devoted to the task at hand…none are squandered on distractions, worry, self-doubt.

Fast mental processing and flow would certainly help explain Sandy’s amazing season.

Can neurofeedback help you with processing speed and flow? Yes—these are the very things that NeurOptimal neurofeedback does best! Soccer team AC Milan, the 2006 Italian World Cup team, professional golfers and basketball players have all used neurofeedback and credit it with improved performance.

Improve Your Athletic Performance Now

If you suspect (or hope) your athletic performance could improve with neurofeedback, give us a call at 216.410.6335 or email us on our contact page. Let’s talk about your goals and how we might be able to help you.

If you’re looking to help your entire team, renting or purchasing a system may be a great, cost-effective option.

It doesn’t take long before people start noticing results with neurofeedback. Within days or weeks, you could be setting personal records that eluded you before, and be well on your way to performing your best!