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Athletic peak performance training via neurofeedback

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A pdf detailing how you can achieve peak performance in your athletic and physical life, increasing your mental strength and stabilizing your EQ to address pre-performance anxiety. All via simple home software and hardware and through the science of Neurofeedback. Contact Dr. Theva Nithy for further details, [email protected]
  • Peak Performance Training: mental conditioning, sport & athletic excellence
  • sport & athletic peak performance trainingflexibility grace style technique strength speed
  • Sequence of topics today 1. Peak Performance Training 2. Peak Performance Zone 3. Neurofeedback 4. The brain deconstructed 5. Brainwaves 6. Conclusion
  • peak performance training
  • Traditional Performance Psychology Tools: Relaxation, Goal Setting, Visualization, Self-Talk Lecture. Listen. La-La Land Back to court/field Can mental strength really be achieved? Questions we could be asking: Can we design new training protocols for the athletes brain? Can we bypass old, weak brain performance states; and install new, powerful brain circuits? Can we entrain elements of a peak performance state, to live & train in the zone; then perform on the court & field?
  • What does Mental Peak Performance Training mean in the context of athleticism? Training the attention network to sustain focused attention Training focus and alertness to meet heavy physical demand Training to keep focus up while keeping arousal/stress down Finding the best focus/arousal/attention balance for individuals Identifying individual brain likes that are optimal for specific sports Performing these likes consciously despite environmental stressors, noise and distractions. Learning to recognise your peak performance zone PPT via Mental Toughness Commitment, Confidence, Composure, Consistency & Concentration
  • Brain & Mind Self Awareness Check List (T = True, F = False) 1. I am usually eager to perform. 2. I am free of anger, anxiety and stress when I face new challenges at work. 3. My pre-performance stress is not a problem. 4. My moods are not affected by my competitiveness and need to excel. 5. I get enough sleep. 6. My sport and life are in balance. 7. My ability to concentrate over extended periods is generally good. 8. I am happy improving my sport performance one day at a time. (Each True answer scores 1 point. Scores of 6 or lower indicates you are probably not able to enter your PP zone) 7
  • peak performance zone
  • Winning Success occurs when an individuals performance is high enough, within the individuals performance range zone. Being at the top of your range should be the goal in training for peak performance. Winning is a side effect of peak performance within your zone. Increasing the top of your range zone happens over time as you continue peak performance training
  • The Peak Performance Zone The Zone involves a mental state, which includes motivation, attention, focus, centeredness, energized relaxation, and awareness. These are trained and balanced through neurofeedback Additional necessary factors include physical and mental health, appropriate rest, nutrition, relaxation, and freedom from distress Neurofeedback helps you to recognise when you are in the Zone Once the Zone is experienced you wont forget it. Knowledge of it assists in organising yourself towards getting back into it Think of the Zone as a balanced mid-point of extremes. On one extreme is very low activation such as during sleepy-relaxation with low motivation, which leads to minimal performance. On the other extreme is extreme arousal, such as during excessive drive and stress, which impairs performance. Finding your balance point leads to the Zone The Zone is an activated, prepared, fully focused state of relaxed, energised, motivated consciousness, in which all other interfering issues disappear.
  • neurofeedback
  • Background: Neurofeedback and what it does Two Components: methodology of operant conditioning which changes ones emotional and mind states and improves performance, and the ability to get into the zone equipment that monitors and measures the electrical activity of the brain and trains the brain to be readily available to lifes requirements
  • Why Neurofeedback Works (Operant Conditioning) Brain can change with assistance directed by rewards: light, movement, and sound Brain assists in finding best/better approach using the newly built brain pathways Brain will remain in new state as it feels better Brain is continually used, maintaining new skill
  • Hey, this is like I am disk-cleaning & defragmenting my brain
  • THENNeurofeedback up to 5 years ago NOW
  • the brain deconstructed
  • Why the technology worksthe brain is accurately mapped!
  • THE potential CEO of the BRAIN The Frontal Lobe makes choices & decisions focuses & maintains attention on-task controls emotions & impulses maintains purpose Are you connected to you brain? Are you THE CEO of it?
  • Real Time Brainwave Acquisition Real Time Brainwave Acquisition Signal Cleaning and Processing (Artifacts) Signal Cleaning and Processing (Artifacts) Specific target extraction (Software/ Hardware) Specific target extraction (Software/ Hardware) Brainwave Decoding based on Training Protocol Frequencies Brainwave Decoding based on Training Protocol Frequencies Real Time Feedback (45 ms) (+ve & -ve (Entraining & Reinforcement of Hebb Synapse) Real Time Feedback (45 ms) (+ve & -ve (Entraining & Reinforcement of Hebb Synapse) The Neurofeedback process
  • brainwaves
  • BEFORE, Brain Output - Unstable Alpha Stressed and Unfocused Beta Erratic Attention and Stressed High Beta Excited, Irritable & Stressed High Beta Patient and powerful support for High Order Thinking Alpha Relaxed and Focused Creativity Beta Calm, Active problem solving AFTER, Brain Output Stable Before & After Peak Performance Training
  • Activities that correspond to various brainwave states (should you choose not to train with neurofeedback): Delta: get some deep, uninterrupted sleep Theta: sustain the period before falling asleep Alpha: deep breathing (Yoga), connect to your body (Yoga again) SMR: play an individual sport such as squash, badminton Low Beta: read a non-fiction book (Economist) attentively (speed- read eye-movements), juggle High Beta: hike in the darknote your response to sudden unknown sounds! Make yourself panic, obsess, get furious Gamma: do puzzles, play mazes, memory games
  • conclusion
  • What are the athletic-life implications for Brain Peak Performance Training? Optimal performance in training develops through attention to coaching & self-discipline, which should lead to a lot of enjoyable hard work The training process & growth gradually leads to the growth of your athletic personality Only your know how satisfied you are with your athletic development. Athletic dissatisfaction, can lead to greater self- awareness if addressed, or if ignored lead to impaired performance Knowing about, and believing in yourself in relationship to your sport is very important. Self-acceptance supports satisfaction with powerful athletic performance in your zone
  • Organisations using Neurofeedback for Physical Peak Performance Training US Special Forces and Navy Seals training United States Olympic Training Center Singapore Olympic Sports Council Football clubs AC Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea Wingate Institute of Sports & Physical Education, Israel Australian Special Forces All Formula 1 teams West Point Military Academy NASA astronaut training center
  • Expected outcomes: athletes have the warrior mind-set, mental toughness Able to consciously enter peak performance zones Have total confidence, focus & concentration on skills execution in-performance Our expertise & offerings: training athletes enter personal peak performance zones helping athletes control performance anxiety and stress achieving right attitude, winning before the game is played
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