What Is Peak Performance Training?
Elite students, professionals, and athletes usually have similar levels of education, training, and conditioning as their peers, yet they are able to achieve better results. So what separates the elite from the average? It’s often due to differences in level of concentration, endurance, efficiency, and composure under pressure. Peak Performance Neurofeedback Training provides the tools to strengthen healthy brainwave patterns in order to help transform average performance into elite performance. The ultimate goal is to train the brain to become more efficient, which leads to improved accuracy on tasks, resistance to stress, and overall resiliency.
How Does Peak Performance Training Work?
Peak Performance Neurofeedback Training is often used to describe training protocols used to help optimize performance for those who are looking to maximize their brain’s functioning. For this type of brainwave training, it is common to target areas of the brain related to emotional regulation as a means of helping individuals deal with stressors, such as those that may occur in the workplace, classroom, or at an athletic event. In addition, brain waves related to focus and working memory are often addressed. Individuals are ultimately taught to regulate their brainwaves in order to achieve a “flow state,” which helps individuals block out all other distractions in order to become immersed in the task at hand. As such, Peak Performance Training can be very beneficial for athletes, professionals, employees, and students.
Who is a good Candidate for Peak Performance Training?
Peak Performance Neurofeedback Training does not involve one generalized protocol. A clinical and EEG assessment must be conducted in order to determine the most effective type of brainwave training. In addition, the client is able to decide which areas they would like to focus on. These areas depend on the needs of the client and may include the desire to:
- Reduce performance anxiety (e.g. exams, presentations, client interactions, etc.).
- Improve focus and concentration.
- Become resilient to stressors in the the workplace or educational setting.
- Reach a “flow state” in order to block out distractions during periods of increased focus required in projects, tasks, and athletic events.
Currently, there are a number of organizations that have been documented* to utilize Peak-Performance Neurofeedback, such as:
- NASA Astronaut Training Centre.
- Formula 1 Racing teams.
- Professional Football Clubs such as AC Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
- Olympic Training Centers (American and Norwegian).
- Canadian National Olympic Sports Centers.
- Taiwanese Olympic Team.
- Singapore Olympic Sports Council.
- US Special Forces and Navy Seals Training.
- United States Army's Centers for Enhanced Performance.
- Wingate Institute of Sports & Physical Education, Israel.
- Human Performance Institute, Australian Special Forces.
- West Point Military Academy.
*List adapted from http://www.brainworksneurotherapy.com/neurofeedback-peak-performance
Please note that services are not covered under OHIP, but may be covered by insurance or extended health care benefits.