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Athletes Benefiting From Neurofeedback Training

Jun 21, 2008
Neurofeedback training is something that is being talked about more and more frequently in locker rooms and sports bars in all parts of the world. Biofeedback therapy is an advanced technique in "brain training" that is being widely adopted by many of the most elite athletes across the globe. These top athletes are constantly striving to find ways to give themselves an edge over their competition and biofeedback neurotherapy is a cutting-edge way to do just that.

It was recently reported in a major sports magazine that members of the Italian football team implemented this advanced brain training technique to help them stay sharp and focused during high-pressure situations they encountered in their recent FIFA World Cup competition. While many methods of biofeedback neurofeedback instruction have been in use since the 1960's, this recent news in the sports world has helped to bring current attention to this approach of improving athletic prowess and performance. Neurofeedback therapy is a form of biofeedback and is a method through which a person comes to understand their brainwave patterns and learns how to modify them.

Neurofeedback training is administered by skilled and practiced biofeedback therapists and begins with having the person play a video game by only using their brainwaves. Through this process, the information that is provided by the brainwaves is monitored via electrodes attached to the person's head and then interpreted by the biofeedback machine.

The interesting thing is that with this training approach, the participant is not using any kind of physical input device, such as a joystick or gaming console. Instead, the biofeedback program is utilizing the output from the person's brain activity to play the game. Many people are at first startled by this concept, but are quickly excited to learn about the degree of control that they are able to apply simply through "thought power."

Neurofeedback training can be used to help people from all walks of life, not just elite athletes, to enhance their personal growth and improve their health and physical condition, simply by learning how to correct their brainwave patterns. Before being involved in a biofeedback program, most people have no understanding of how their thoughts can either limit their self-development or can significantly enhance it.

One of the most compelling reasons why people begin this type of "feedback" training is because it is virtually the opposite of therapies or treatments that rely on the use of medication, either by prescription or those available over-the-counter. This goes hand-in-hand with the recent surge in interest that is being seen in the area of learning about alternative medicines and alternative therapies to improve health and overcome illnesses, without drugs and without surgery.

In addition to enhancing athletic performance, neurofeedback training has a very good track record of being able to provide a variety of health benefits. These health benefits include reducing stress, alleviating chronic migraine headaches, reducing recovery time after injury, and even to lowering blood pressure.

Biofeedback therapists are quick to point out that biofeedback therapy cannot be said to "cure" any specific condition, but rather it helps the person to exert positive control over the subtle functions of their body, which in turn can help the body to heal itself and restore itself to optimal health.
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