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  • Dr. Tom Woodman, DC, BCN

What Sport Performance Enhancement Looks Like Today - Cutting Edge Training Techniques to Elevate Yo

It is frequently said that success in sports is 80% mental and 20% physical. In the last several years, however, a new piece has been added to this equation - neurological training, and it may play an even bigger role than the mental component does.

Neurological coordination, specifically the proper timing between the nervous system and the muscular system (referred to as neuromuscular activation) is the foundation to proper movement. Maximum neuromuscular efficiency is critical in order for maximal sport performance to occur. While a "clumsy and uncoordinated" person would represent one extreme of someone with poor neuromuscular efficiency, the signs and indications become harder to detect as you go in the other direction. For example, take two baseball players that are essentially physically identical, yet one is batting 0.250 while the other is batting 0.200. The primary difference would then be their neuromuscular coordination, with the one with higher average being slightly better than the other. This could include how well they see and track the ball while it's in flight; or how they coordinate their movement patterns to react appropriately; or how efficiently their brains process that information and allow them to stay in the "zone". While both are superior athletes, that difference could mean the difference between making the pros or not; or getting a college scholarship or not; or getting a starting spot on the roster or not. More importantly, however, is that more efficient neuromuscular coordination allows someone to realize much more of his or her potential, which is honestly all that we can hope for our children (or ourselves).

Join us for a Panel Event Thursday evening 2/1/18 at 6:30 at Halo Studios where we will discuss "Cognitive and Neuromuscular Training". This includes cutting edge assessments and training techniques that measures and improves such things as eye tracking movement patterns, muscle coordination patterns, and brainwave activation patterns. This is a unique collaboration of specialties that covers the three most important components of neuromuscular efficiency - seeing it (vision training), acting on it (coordinated movement patterns), and being in the ideal brain state to put it all together (EEG-biofeedback brainwave training). Endorsements of these various training techniques include gold metal Olympians, NBA, NHL and NFL all-stars, professional golfers and more!

Specifically addressed will be scientifically supported training therapies that can help:

  • Enhance accuracy, balance and coordination

  • Increase reactionary time in athletic performance

  • Increase flexibility and range of motion

  • Improve visual acuity

  • Improve symptoms of Concussion/ADHD/Anxieties

  • Understand injury prevention and recovery

Thursday, February 1 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm $15 charge, with all proceeds being donated to the New Canaan Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

Moderator and Panel Expert:

Sung Pak, LMT, is the principal of Bodymechanics and will be the moderator of the panel discussion. Bodymechanics enhances mobility and performance through a combination of massage therapy, strength and conditioning and Suspension Therapy, which can significantly improve balance, flexibility and coordination. This approach can help not only the athlete, but also those with chronic injuries of special needs. Learn more:

Panel Experts:

Dr. Randy Schulman is an Integrative Optometrist and maintains local offices in Norwalk and Stamford. She will be discussing the relationship between visual efficiency and sport performance, and review different eye training programs that improve several different aspects of vision as it relates to sport performance. While improving things such as eye-hand coordination, dynamic visual acuity, tracking, focusing, visual reaction time, and peripheral vision can be particularly useful for visually intensive sports (basketball, baseball, tennis, hockey, etc.), training the visual system can give athletes a competitive edge in virtually every sport. Learn more:

Dr. Tom Woodman is Board Certified Neurofeedback and the Director of BrainCore Neurofeedback Of Norwalk. He will be providing information that discusses the utilization of EEG-Biofeedback, or "neurofeedback" within the context of maximizing sport performance. Neurofeedback, a therapy that trains an individual's brainwave patterns, has been has shown to improve putting accuracy in golf, increase gymnastics scores, and decrease reaction times. This technology allows the brain to be trained in a similar manlike you train muscles, and it is being used extensively within professional sports. Outside of sport applications, neurofeedback can help to improve the symptoms associated with ADHD, anxieties, learning disorders, and post-concussion syndrome, as well as help improve emotional regulation issues in children. Learn more:

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