Updated: Jan 28
Do you ever wonder how athletes stay on top of their game? Most people think of a deep commitment and a rigorous physical training schedule at first. Would it surprise you to learn that brain training with Neuroptimal® Neurofeedback is a secret weapon that many athletes use to step up their performance?
NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback is an advanced neuro-technology that offers training to the brain, enabling it to function at its best. It's mathematically designed to communicate directly with your central nervous system and has been called “the most effective bio-hack on this planet."
Optimal brain function should be one of the main concerns for all athletes. The better a person's brain functions, the better the person functions overall!
Here are 5 ways brain training with NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback can help the athlete in you.
1. Attention and Focus
Athletic performance can place heavy demands on the brain to focus while simultaneously ignoring distracting stimuli. While different athletics place different demands on the brain overall, NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback improves a person's ability to stay on task while also maintaining a high level of brain function.
2. Improves Sleep
A person's sleep directly impacts how they perform any task during the day, whether physical or intellectual. Athletes need consistent, recuperative, and restorative sleep to maintain brain health. NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback brain training can be incredibly calming to the mind. A fantastic natural outcome happens when the brain waves are more organized and balanced, a deeper and more restorative sleep.
3. Improves Emotional Control
One of the most challenging aspects of being an athlete is to perform without being influenced by emotional triggers, such as anxiety over making it up that last climb. Brain training with NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback builds resilience that can help develop mood and emotional stability, allowing them to cope more effectively with stress. This resiliency helps decrease distractibility caused by these emotions so an athlete can perform at their optimal.
4. Helps Restores Brain Function after a Traumatic Brain Injury
Many athletes suffer from traumatic brain injury due to the nature of sports. When someone takes a hard hit to the head, the brain may experience changes in chemical and energy use to compensate for the injury. These changes can result in difficulties with attention, emotional control, balance control, impulse control, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and in some cases, seizures. This is where the brain's neuroplasticity comes into play. Neuroplasticity is the brain's natural ability to reorganize itself by creating new neural networks while correcting existing connections. Thanks to neuroplasticity, NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback can teach the brain to function optimally once again, even if it has been many years since the initial injury.
5. Slows Cognitive Decline
As a person ages, the brain naturally declines in certain areas, such as memory and decision making. Just as one must exercise the body to keep in prime physical shape, training for the brain is also necessary to keep the brain functioning at its best. NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback acts as an exercise for the brain to maintain its highest performance. There is simply no denying that when an athlete's brain and body work in sync, they perform at their personal best.
Regardless of the sport or level of experience, every athlete stands to benefit from regular brain training sessions with NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback.
Hear from Govert Viergever, Dutch National Team Olympic rower, how NeurOptimal® has helped him with his Olympic training.
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