Neurofeedback Trains Your Brain
Neurofeedback & Sport Psychology
Neurofeedback provides us with opportunities for both enhancing intellectual and
sports performance without the use of performance enhancing drugs. There are several
areas in which neurofeedback holds particular promise in sports, including enhancement
of concentration and attention, reduction of anxiety, improving control over emotions, for overcoming effects from mild head injuries and concussions, and for improving physical balance.
Different sports place different demands on the brain. Increasingly sophisticated
research has begun delineating brainwave patterns associated with various types of peak
performance. In such cases this provides us with important data that may guide the use of
neurofeedback training to promote peak performance.
An Evidence-Based Addiction Treatment
Research on biofeedback dates to the early 20th century, but neurofeedback was popularized in the 1960s and 1970s. By the early 1990s, it was being tested in trials as a way to help patients with PTSD. In 1993, Bill Scott and Eugene Peniston conducted a landmark study of veterans with PTSD and alcoholism and found that by treating them with neurofeedback, the patients were increasingly able to distance themselves from their trauma. In fact, all of the 24 patients’ PTSD symptoms significantly diminished, and 79 percent of the vets remained abstinent for the next 12 to 24 months.
Scott went on to publish the first large randomized controlled trial in the field of EEG biofeedback in 2005. In a study examining the effects of neurofeedback on a mixed substance abusing population (more than one substance), 77 percent remained abstinent 12 months after treatment compared to 44 percent of the control group — a near two-fold increase.