Psychophysiological assessment and training tools, including biofeedback and neurofeedback, are increasingly integrated with sport psychology services for elite and Olympic level athletes.
London, England (PRWEB) September 30, 2014
The Biofeedback Federation of Europe is pleased to announce that Sport Psychologist, Dr. Lindsay Thornton, will be presenting a workshop on the use of biofeedback and neurofeedback in sports at their upcoming annual meeting taking place March 24-28, 2015 in Rome, Italy.
Training programs for elite and professional athletes have evolved considerably over the years. Previously, athletes had heavy physical, tactical and technical instruction from skilled coaches, and it was often assumed that they would learn the mental side of their sport on their own. Today, training for elite athletes is much more complex and includes both a physical and mental component. According to Dr. Thornton, "Psychophysiological assessment and training tools, including biofeedback and neurofeedback, are increasingly integrated with sport psychology services for elite and Olympic level athletes." One of the benefits of this type of training is that athletes can see how their body reacts to emotions and competitive stress, and can learn how to more effectively regulate these reactions thereby reducing the effect they have on performance.
In her workshop, "Applied Work with Athletes in Olympic Sport," examples of the assessment-to-training plan development will be reviewed with an emphasis on the transfer of self-regulation skills to a high pressure competitive environment. Case studies with Olympic level athletes using QEEG, neurofeedback and biofeedback will be shared. The goal of how to provide and tailor real time feedback to athletes regarding shifts in physiological states and enhance their mastery of state regulation will be demonstrated. The use of other technologies in the assessment and development of wellbeing and performance of athletes will be discussed.
About Dr. Lindsay Thornton
Lindsay Thornton, EdD, is a Senior Sport Psychophysiologist at the United States Olympic Committee. She has her Ed.M and Ed.D from Boston University in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in sport performance. Dr. Thornton trained under Dr. Len Zaichkowsky and Dr. Vietta Wilson for her focus in applied psychophysiology in elite sport. Dr. Thornton’s doctoral work examined the application of biofeedback and neurofeedback training program to create an optimal pre-performance state and improve competitive performance. She received her neurofeedback training from Michael and Lynda Thompson in assessment and application for functional cognitive deficits. She has also received QEEG training from Jay Gunkleman and ERP training from Juri Kropotov. She is licensed as a psychologist, and is board certified in biofeedback and neurofeedback by BCIA. Dr. Thornton has developed, advised and provided training for psychophysiology labs in elite athlete training centers domestically and abroad. She has spoken at various national conferences on the influence of the mind and brain on performance and health, and reciprocally, the neurocognitive influence of exercise on cognition and emotion. She is intrigued by the prospect of identifying psychophysiological markers for elite performance and using technology to enhance recovery and performance.
The BFE Annual Meeting
The BFE Annual Meeting is an interdisciplinary biofeedback conference designed to nurture communication and education between specialists from different disciplines. Experts from neurofeedback, biofeedback, psychology, medicine, physical therapy, education and other disciplines come together to share and learn. Other workshops included in the program are: Drs. Lynda and Michael Thompson - 5-day neurofeedback program; Dr. Steven Baskin - Headache Disorders; Dr. Paul G. Swingle - Depression and the ClinicalQ; Dr. Erik Peper - Biofeedback and Somatic Feedback.
About the Biofeedback Federation of Europe
The Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE) is a community interest company in the UK leading the way to share knowledge in the field of biofeedback. Through its “Learn From the Best” program, it offers a variety of webinars, online classes, courses, software and workshops with applications in healthcare, mental health, optimal performance and sport. Content is developed independently by International Research & Education Project teams. For more information, visit the BFE Online Shop.
Contact: Carol Meyers
BFE Education Manager