Sport Psychology 2.0: Merging psychology, neuroscience, and technology

Scott Goldman, University of Arizona, USA

Theme: Elite performance

Program ID: SYM-17

Presentation: October 4, 2013 8:15 am - 9:30 am

Room: Rosedown


Due to the advances in brain evaluation techniques the “black box” has been cracked open! Not only can the first generation core skills can be optimized but we can more clearly understand the brain based training and its impact on the whole training process. This new level of understand of the inner workings of the brain can assist athletes to perform more consistently at new heights quicker! Measuring the functional state of the Brain and central nervous system provides information about the quality of communication in the brain, resistance to training stress, and levels of activity/rest. The brain is the major factor affecting day-in, day-out performance; everything else are just the outputs. In the application of second generation applied sport psychology we measure this and provide training tools to help understand peak performance and make it more consistent. Mastery in sports requires three critical factors: practice, benchmarking current abilities, and consistent feedback. Without benchmarking and consistent feedback, performance is often erratic. Athletes may appear to simply “go through the motions” at practice and be unsure of how they will perform in competition. Second generation Sport Psychology provides a high level understanding using the latest advances in neuroscience, sport psychology, and exercise science. Consistent performance requires more than just “thinking positively,” but rather assisting athletes to control the controllables by not only being told, but rather experiencing, seeing, and making real neurological changes in the brain in real-time.

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