Posts in Sport
Peak performance and stress

Stress damages the prospect of peak performance? Or does it?.  As we will see - it depends.  Conventional wisdom suggests that we need some stress to perform but the devil is in the detail. What do we mean by a little stress? It's something that people say but in practical terms its hard to pin down the consequences.  We see some thrive and some struggle when presented with the same situation. Can biofeedback help?

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Biofeedback starter system for athletes

Biofeedback tools and techniques are applied by elite athletes in many sports. Athletes care about performance and these days understand that their success doesn't depend on strength alone.  At the peak of physical strength, the difference can be made by the mental focus of an athlete, especially when performing under high pressure.  Here is our take on a biofeedback starter system

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Recommendations for EMG biofeedback & NeXus 10

Whether the client is an athlete aiming to improve performance or someone struggling with stress EMG biofeedback can be a useful approach.  The principle of EMG training is normally to provide the client with enhanced information about his or muscle tension in a particular area, hoping that with repeated training this will facilitate improved control of the muscle.

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Finding a state of 'flow'

Biofeedback approaches are one way of finding the edge that leads to peak performance. These are techniques that acknowledge and take advantage of the mind-body connection and use this to great effect.  Science is catching on to "embodied cognition" and how the link between mind and body is far from being a master-slave relationship.  Perhaps you don't need this? - maybe high performance comes naturally and easily to you. Oh well - never mind - Quentin Crisp once remarked that “if at first you don't succeed, failure may be your style”

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Peak performance can be learned

Leading athletes and sports people must often confront the unrelenting challenge to perform at their best week after week, combined with the impossible expectations of others. The result is of course high stress which is typically not optional. The key to mastery is not motivation or a self-help book.  It is about SELF though - Self awareness, Self control and Self management.  These three qualities you can gain with the help of biofeedback. 

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Getting to grips with Biofeedback for Sports

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 are offering a new course on the "Practical Application of Biofeedback for Peak Performance" to be held in central London in May.  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.  We think we can help.

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Seeking the winning edge with biofeedback

Biofeedback can help us find the line which separates winning from losing - a line that has often been described as being as fine as a razor’s edge.  You and I know that peak performance is about both mind and body. We strive for hundreds of hours for that one moment. We have have sacrificed and polished our technique but it's not enough.  Biofeedback and physiological monitoring can provide vital insight into our mind-body state. It can give us the leverage to truly discover peak performance and learn to make this our natural state. Sound good? I thought so...

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Stress and competition

Undoubtably there are athletes seeking peak performance that have all the technical skills to be world-class but they are underperforming. Something holds them back as competition looms. Multichannel physiological monitoring with a NeXus system can help us spot how high performers respond to pressure - and what holds them back. We can identify possible strategies for biofeedback training or some other cognitive-behavioural strategy to achieve a performance breakthrough.

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Biofeedback for athletes - embed the learning

Biofeedback can assist athletes to reach optimal performance states. This is the third article in this series about the process.  During the learning stages the athlete practices achieving high performance states with the help of multiple physiological sensors and feedback from the monitoring computer.  After committing to the practice the athlete enters the third stage of learning in which the skill being practiced has developed to the degree that he or she need not consciously think about how to perform the skill.

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Helping athletes with biofeedback

Biofeedback is a great tool for athletes but it's not a silver bullet.  It uses equipment to help the athlete learn to seek and hold high performance states at will. It's a learning process that takes time.  We discussed the Cognitive Stage of biofeedback learning In yesterday's article.  Now we discuss a second stage of learning - the Associative Stage in which the athlete begins to learn to associate internal awareness with external feedback.

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Putting biofeedback to work for athletes

The self-regulation skills needed by the elite athlete can be learned and enhanced with biofeedback training.  But how do you learn to transfer skills learned in practice into the sporting arena. We look at three stages of learning and what can be gained. This article explains how a cognitive stage of learning works and why it is necessary.

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Relax to release your talent

Most of us carry subtle tensions - and do so for so many years that we no longer know what real relaxation feels like.  One of the worst things about tension is that it leaks energy from us and prevents us reaching our potential for achievement with mind or body.  This is true for all of us but is a critical matter needing attention for elite athletes looking for peak performance. Biofeedback and psychophysiological monitoring can help.

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The NeXus Trigger Interface

The NeXus trigger interface is a product we often suggest to our University and research clients as it is often important to have an accurate way of synchronising environmental events (sound, light or digital event) with data being captured with a NeXus 4, 10 or NeXus 32 system unit. 

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NeXus system basics

The three different NeXus systems have different technical specifications. Depending on your needs and whether you are a clinician or a scientific researcher, there is always a suitable NeXus solution. These are all advanced, multimodal devices optimised for biofeedback, neurofeedback and physiological data capture. Here cover some basics of the systems and the type of inputs they handle.

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