Getting to grips with Biofeedback for Sports

Biofeedback is an approach that has grown firm roots in sports and athletics training but getting a clear picture of how to get started and actually use it is not easy.  High performers and teams that use biofeedback tend not to disclose their methods to public gaze for fear of giving away information that could benefit their competition.  Books on the subject also tend to be thin on the ground, expensive to buy and disappointing in terms of what they disclose.

We are offering a new course on the "Practical Application of Biofeedback for Peak Performance" to be held in central London in May followed by a second course on "Neurofeedback & Brain Training for Sport" in June.

These courses aim to blend practical hands-on experience with enough of the fundamentals of instrumentation, signal processing and protocol design that participants will feel comfortable to take the plunge and apply biofeedback strategies at the highest level.

The idea of physiological self-regulation is ancient - at least in Eastern literature - but as technology has improved and our knowledge of physiology and neurology has deepened, Biofeedback approaches have gain widespread acceptance in the medical community. Biofeedback approaches have evolved through thousands of scientific studies over the last few decades and have shown themselves to be effective and low risk in application.

Biofeedback is fundamentally about teaching a person improved voluntary control over their own physiological functioning. For that reason it didn't take long for someone to work out that such training had relevance to non-medical applications too. By the 1980's, biofeedback protocols were being applied in athletic training in search of higher performance.

What sometimes makes it difficult to get started in biofeeback is the fact that you must acquire knowledge from several different disciplines - including physiology, psychophysiology, instrumentation, signal processing and learning theory.

We will aim to give you these essence of the knowledge you need to get started in three interrelated areas.

  • Stress management for athletes
  • Rehabilitation of sports injuries
  • - and especially - Training to enhance performance