You often hear about athlete’s trying to “get in the zone” before they perform their event. This can be hard whenever the brain is anxious or an athlete has “pre-game jitters.” An anxious brain can lead to mistakes as well as can hinder the athlete’s ability to make decisions. What if there was a way to make athletes more efficient?
Neurofeedback offers more for athletics than just the ability to heal the brain after a concussion. Research is emerging that neurofeedback holds the potential for athletes to reach optimum performance in certain types of sports. Athletes can improve both their mental focus, attentional control, and relaxation during a competition by using neurofeedback therapy. It has been a proven non-invasive and drug free way to identify abnormal brain patterns and correct them using audio and visual feedback. Several studies have been conducted and have reaped results such as athlete’s better sleep quality and a better grip on mental capacity. Neurofeedback therapy has the ability to give a mental edge for athletes in sports that require a high level of brain function. Olympians and several professional athletes, such as Washington Redskin’s quarterback Kirk Cousins, have already started utilizing this type of therapy.