Validating the efficacy of neurofeedback for optimising performance
Post Activation Potentiation; increased acceleration. Nervous System Training; improved power from the same muscle mass. So much of our progress in sports science has resulted from training the physical system simply because we’ve had the tools measure it.
But if so much of an athlete’s performance is mental, how are we training them to be better mentally? Mental toughness gets a lot of lip service, but telling someone to “shake it off,” is the mental equivalent of saying “be faster.” It’s easy to say, but without proper training is nearly impossible to achieve.
Those people became friends of mine, and over time I learned we each had similar backgrounds—similar training, education, practice time, socioeconomic backgrounds—by all measurable variables, we were the same.
Yet still, with an instrument in their hands they just had it in a way I could never emulate.
The decades following Kamiya’s findings saw research demonstrating the practice’s effect on treating seizures (2), ADHD (3), stroke victims (4), PTSD (5), and dozens of other mental disorders.
The EEG identifies where individuals’ neurological activity is suffering, and neurofeedback conditions it back to a healthy state.
To understand performance brain training, we first have to step back into Neurology 101.
It also presents the opportunity to empirically train the mental system (analyze existing strengths and weaknesses, identify foci for development, and apply a training plan) just as we do with the body.
With Versus, we’ve taken this data driven approach to enhancing performance and used it to train the brains of some of the world’s premier athletes.
By Leslie Sherlin, Ph D, Co-Founder of Sense Labs, Co-Creator of Versus In athlete development, it’s easy to obsess with the physical.
Run further, jump higher, move faster — we’ve developed thousands of techniques to push the body harder, longer.
But what if we used those same methods to make someone perform even better—to make them something more, to push them into the ranks of the elite?