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Many sports athletes strive hard to get into the 'state of flow' because it’s the state where constant creativity and optimal performance take place.
This is the mental zone, where the world around slows, skills become automated to allow fine adjustments and elite performance flows.
So how can we recreate this ‘state of flow’?
1. Train the brain to 'drop into' the 'performance zone'.
2. Neural-plasticity through a neuro-rich skill training program.
3. Neural flow up-regulation of neurotransmitters.
1. Train the brain
Neuro-sports uses science and technology to assess brain patterns (electroencephalograph or EEG) to develop techniques to improve skill acquisition and delivery in those critical moments of competition.
Previous technologies were lab based and cumbersome. Now, using new technologies, these research techniques can be used in Virtual Reality and most importantly, in the field of play. Mobile wearable tech, with real time bluetooth linkage to handset or phone, provides a simple interactive platform for the coach and athlete to open up objective and biometric methods of skill acquisition and refinement.
How can Neuro-Sports train different brain wave patterns to achieve flow or enter the zone?
First we need to understand the science.
Learning New Skills
In sports performance, we start out with beta brain waves to learn and process new skills. Then we quickly move into alpha and eventually theta patterns when the so called muscle memory occurs.
Performing under pressure. 'Being in the Zone'
The flow state / ‘in the zone’ is achieved through our brains functioning at a specific brain pattern / frequency.
This is called the Alpha-Theta Brain Wave Border, where you are in the middle of your conscious and subconscious mind. It is as if the world has slowed, almost as in the movie 'Matrix'. Thus, perception of slowed time allows athletes to perform efficient movement and precise reactions to a complex environment or skill.
Neuro-Sports offers multiple strategies, including:
Modulation of existing training or new performance enhanced training, whilst wearing monitoring devices, in the same way as you might monitor heart rate, speed or power. Using Neural Feedback training regimes can be optimised to the individual athlete to prepare athletes for the pressure moments.
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2. Neural plasticity
Neuro-sports believes that 'muscle memory', as described by many, is more a process of neural plasticity and ambient brain wave processing (cognition).
To support neuroplasticity, we need to support NGF and BDNF, Neural Factors and Brain Derived Neural Factors.
Supplements and a modified diet support both NGF and BDNF and are crucial in neural plasticity and hence, skill acquisition and brain function.
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3. Nerve Flow
To support the brain and nerves, we have to support the neurotransmitters implicated in attaining the Zone State.
Dopamine – When you first enter into flow, dopamine floods your brain. It increases attention, information flow, and pattern recognition. It is essentially a skill booster.
Neurotransmitters – This speeds up heart rate, muscle tension, and respiration. It triggers a glucose response so we have more energy; increasing arousal, attention, neural efficiency, and emotional control thus producing a high.
Endorphins – Rooting from the word “endogenous,” meaning naturally internal to the body, endorphins relieve pain and induce pleasure. They function similarly to opioids. However, the feeling attained from endorphins is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine.
Anandamide – Stemming from the Sanskrit word for “bliss,” Anandamide is an endogenous cannabinoid and feels similar to the psychoactive effect found in marijuana. Anandamide is released in exercise-induced flow states and elevates mood, relieves pain, dilates blood vessels, and aids in respiration. It has also been proven to amplify lateral thinking – the ability to link disparate ideas together.
Serotonin – At the end of a flow state, serotonin fills the brain producing an “after-glow” effect. This leaves you with a post-exercise feeling of bliss and is only felt once the flow state has already come and gone.
In a nutshell, these 5 chemicals make up the brain science of flow states.