Persistent Performance Under Pressure
How would it feel if these moments could occur more often? If you were able to concentrate better on your task, have a strong and flexible focus, and feel bright and more confident.
High-level sports performers know how important it is to be able to stay calm and collected, yet alert and decisive while under pressure. This is sometimes known as being in the zone.
- Get past the last loss or a big loss.
- Get over that time you feel like you let your team down.
- Get past an injury that bothers you more when you think about it.
- Improve with focus and concentration.
- Move beyond spontaneous anger during games.
- Improve focus and concentration
(Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an advanced psychotherapy model that combines psychology with physiology in a way that allows a person to identify and “clear” past traumatic events. These events can be as seemingly insignificant as an old sports injury.
Why is EMDR the tool you need for performance enhancement?
EMDR has been successfully used with a variety of physical and emotional blocks including:
• Performance anxiety
• Panic and anxiety disorders
• Issues with food and weight
• Chemical dependency
• Relationship issues
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Depression and many other issues
Neurofeedback can help you reach your maximum performance level by giving you direct feedback on your state of mind – we can literally train the brain to consistently enter ‘the zone’ and keep it there for a sustained period of time. We can also ‘tune-up’ the regulation of your brain to focus on specific psychological and physical improvement targets, such as being less anxious on the green or hitting more free throws through improved hand-to-eye coordination.
“Cup-winning soccer teams have done it. A starting quarterback in the NFL has tried it out. And so has Jordan Kreuter, an 18-year old golfer in North Carolina. The thing they have in common: They’ve all turned to Neurofeedback, a technique that promises to help athletes re-program their brains so they can reach a zone of relaxed concentration during clutch situations. Long used to treat medical conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, epilepsy, and dementia, it is beginning to emerge as a tool for pro and amateur athletes alike with Neurofeedback machines even starting to show up at some local public golf courses.
This technique is bringing some science to the mental side of athletics, a field also known as sports psychology, which has often been derided by many players and trainers as hokum. In Neurofeedback, athletes strap on electrodes that measure brainwaves. They then try to learn how to control spikes in those brainwaves, which may signify distractions going on inside their heads, such as obsessing about a past performance.”
Source: Getting Your Head In the Game. From the World Cup to youth
tennis, a training fad emerges; the science of finding the zone.
By RUSSELL ADAMS* on JULY 29 – 30, 2006.