London Based Biofeedback Federation Uses Canadian Technology to Promote Peak Performance in Golf in Canada

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Participants at the Syncrude Boreal Open this weekend in Fort McMurray, Alberta know how important it is to focus. Using Canadian technology can be a powerful way to improve performance and make it as simple as learning how to breath.

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Getting the shoulders and neck muscles to fully relax before a golfer begins a critical shot is the toughest obstacle to overcome in this sport.

Golf and Breathing
Tom Watson, the great golfer, is credited as having said “When I learned how to breathe, I learned how to win”. Many coaches and professionals agree with Tom and recommend that whenever you get nervous during an important part of the game. From a the first T-shot to the final putt, good breathing practice makes you more relaxed and calmer. A growing number of professionals are using peak performance physiology training as a key component in stress reduction and wellness. The use of proper breathing techniques is one key to success and practice can take your performance to a higher level of skill.

Why Golf Professionals are Using Peak Performance Physiology
Wes Sime, Ph.D. is a health psychologist and sport psychologist at First Step Wellness in Lincoln, Nebraska. He is the originator of the ProGolf concept and has worked with golfers at all levels including the PGA Tour. Dr. Sime uses peak performance measures to "enhance focus and concentration" under pressure. “Getting the shoulders and neck muscles to fully relax before a golfer begins a critical shot is the toughest obstacle to overcome in this sport. Quieting the brain and trusting the body to carry out the shot is helped immensely by learning based on these scientific performance measures. The next best aid is refining the respiratory cycle for optimal synchrony and coherence. Using breathing techniques learned and practiced with EZ-Air Plus breath pacing software provides a big advantage.”

EZ-Air Plus is a software program that allows the user to place a thin bargraph or linegraph anywhere on his or her computer screen to help pace inhalation and exhalation. It can run continuously on screen (with or without sound) or can be scheduled to run at specified intervals throughout the day.

The importance of Peak Performance Physiology Training for Golf in Canada
When asked to comment, Mark Schwartz, a spokesperson for the federation, said, Thought Technology Ltd. from Montreal, Canada is one of the top sponsors of the federation. The company helped us to develop the EZ-Air software that is a simple and can be downloaded free of charge for a 30-day trial period. Correct breathing is an important first step in peak performance training. Thought Technology’s monitoring equipment provides real-time measurements for breathing and other, more sophisticated physiological measures like heart rate variability and brain waves to help golfers control anxiety, focus and concentrate better and recover faster. We all know that the new, younger golfers are all extraordinarily fit and talented. Peak performance physiology training helps them reach that optimal state, get in the zone and maximize success. Access to learning has never been easier; it is now possible for every club house and golf academy in the Canada to learn about peak performance training in real time. The goal of the federation is to nurture and encourage community health and performance through golf thanks to our “Learn from the Best" program. An event like the Syncrude Boreal Open in Fort McMurray, really helps raise awareness of the need for the type of training provided by experts like Dr. Sime. His methods are at the heart of the federation’s ProGolf software suite built specifically for the Canadian “Infiniti” system developed by Thought Technology in Montreal. We are looking forward to a big response following the event in Fort McMurray, not just from the professional clubs, but also from the many clubs, academies and communities across the country”.

The BFE ProGolf Team
The BFE ProGolf team aims to educate and train sports professionals and coaches in the use of Biofeedback related to golf. They offer online education as well as many affiliation programs for those interested in taking their game further. The ProGolf team also aims at providing health professionals, with for their clients that are interested in golf for better health or simply for more fun. For more information please contact BFE ProGolf at greengolfing(at)gmail(dot)com.

About the BFE-LFB (Learn From the Best) Program
The BFE-LFB program provides continuing education for professionals around the world using content developed independently by International Research & Education Project (IREP) teams. For more information, visit the BFE Online Shop. Financial support comes from the Biofeedback Federation (BFE), a non-profit Community Interest Corporation located in England. The next BFE Annual Conference, their sixteenth, is scheduled to take place September 11-15, 2012 in Rzeszów, Poland.

Contact:
Carol Meyers
BFE Education Manager
education(at)bfe(dot)org

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