Dr. Penny Werthner and Marc Saab, MEng to Teach Workshop on Mental Training with Biofeedback at the BFE Annual Meeting in Rome, Italy

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Dr. Penny Werthner, Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary and Marc Saab, MEng, Director of Peak Performance at Thought Technology Ltd., will share their expertise in the field of peak performance training with an international audience at the upcoming Biofeedback Federation of Europe's Annual Meeting. The meeting will take place in Rome, Italy, March 24-28, 2015 at the Universita Pontificia Salesiana.

Dr. Werthner will share her extensive experience in helping Canadian athletes mentally prepare for the intense realm of Olympic competition.

The Biofeedback Federation of Europe is pleased to announce that Dr. Penny Werthner and Marc Saab will be presenting a workshop on the use of peak performance physiology training in sports at their upcoming annual meeting taking place March 24-28, 2015 in Rome, Italy. Dr. Werthner will share her extensive experience in helping Canadian athletes mentally prepare for the intense realm of Olympic competition. Marc Saab lends his in-depth knowledge garnered while developing custom peak performance solutions for professional and Olympic teams with Thought Technology Ltd. a leader in the technology that is becoming increasingly important in sport performance.

In the workshop, "Practical Applications of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback in Sports" participants will learn techniques that are based on quantification of the autonomic nervous system for use in a self-regulation paradigm. This offers the athlete the awareness of how their individual stress response can manifest itself physiologically, as the production of adrenaline and cortisol introduce short and long term changes in the muscles and organs of the body. With that awareness in place, the athlete can begin self-regulation training to build performance based strategies for conscious control of the underlying mechanisms.

About Dr. Penny Werthner
She is a former Olympic athlete in Athletics and has worked with coaches and athletes over the span of nine summer and winter Olympic Games, from the 1988 winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada to the more recent 2012 summer Olympic Games in London, UK and 2014 winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. She has worked with athletes and their coaches in sports such as white water and flat water canoe kayak, diving, speed skating, athletics and para athletics, cycling, women’s ice hockey, and women’s soccer. She teaches sport psychology skills and leadership skills to national coaches through the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program.

About Marc Saab, MEng
Marc Saab is the Director of Peak Performance for Montreal based Thought Technology Ltd.. Thought Technology has worked with athletes and top executive performers in self-regulation for over 35 years, becoming a leader in the technology that is becoming increasingly important in sport performance. In 2006, Marc collaborated with the Director of Sports Psychology of Italy’s AC Milan, Dr Bruno DeMichelis, to create the Mind Room, a specialized centre within Milan Lab for peak performance biofeedback and neurofeedback. Since then, professional and Olympic teams all over the world have implemented similar technology and methodology to better prepare for performance. Marc holds a Masters of Biomedical Engineering from McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute. His published research includes automatic early detection of epileptic seizures and other neurophysiological events in scalp and depth electroencephalography, and several articles discussing neurophysiology and peak performance. He lives in Montreal, Canada with his wife, daughter and their two dogs.

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

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