What is Peak Performance Training?
Just as an athlete works endlessly to train their body to a state of optimal physical performance, their mind must also be trained to a similar capacity. Peak physical performance does not necessarily translate to peak mental performance. The goal of this type of training is to condition your brain to its highest capability in order to match your physical conditioning, thereby enhancing your overall competitive edge.
Mental and intellectual abilities, including focus, concentration, precision, and even balance can be enhanced through the use of Neurofeedback techniques. Repetitive mental conditioning and Neurofeedback exercises teach the brain to influence and change your brain waves through operant conditioning. Just as you use resistance training to gain physical muscle, and strength and cardiovascular training to strengthen your heart, specific types of Neurofeedback training can also train your mental and emotional responses for the competitive environment. In addition to mental benefits, Neurofeedback also has the ability to alleviate the effects of muscle tension, migraines, head trauma and concussions that can result from physical activities.
Using Neurofeedback to achieve Peak Performance is not a one time process. Just as weekly training sessions are required to achieve success, so too are regular Neurofeedback sessions until your desired level of performance is achieved. Later “tune up” sessions may provide additional benefits to maintain the level of mental gains achieved in initial training.
Peak Performance Training can help anyone, from CEO’s to Military personnel to professional and amateur athletes. Anyone who dedicates the time to both physical and mental training can see improvements in their overall performance.
Sports & Activities that Benefit from Peak Performance Training
Balance, Focus, Precision, Metal Agility, and Concentration may be improved for:
- Crew (Rowing)
- Field Hockey
- Ice Skating
- Marathon Running
- Martial Arts (Karate, Jiu Jitsu, Judo, Taekwondo, Akido, etc.)
- Pistol / Rifle Marksmanship
- Rock Climbing
- Track & Field
- Water Polo
Additional benefits for physical contact sports include reduction in muscle tension, and headache/concussion management to help mitigate injuries received during training and competitions.
Locations for Peak Performance Training
- The Alpha Theta Center Office
- All Peak Performance Training sessions
- Initial brain map preceding mobile services
2 . Mobile Services (additional fees may apply)
- Initial brain mapping must be conducted at Alpha Theta Center office
- Approval for mobile services is dependent upon client environmental conditions. Once an initial brain map has been completed, ongoing Neurofeedback training services can be completed at your home or training locations.
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