Posts Tagged ‘interview’

A Competitive Mind

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

When we took our first steps as babies, our parents were overjoyed, a milestone in our development, a natural evolution and progression an innate instinct that has driven our species to the top of the evolutionary chain.

We probably spent months rocking back and forth on our knees, entertaining our parents with every spill and fall as they waited in anticipation for us to move to the next rung on the ladder.

Little did we know at the time, we were creating a life long strategy for learning, a system that will dictate the effectiveness of many of the things we do and achieve in our lives.

Experts estimate we make several hundred attempts at standing, long before we finally succeed for the first time. Every time we stumble, fall or correct ourselves our brains are taking notes, assessing, reassessing and making instrumental adjustments. With these notes our brains fine-tune our behaviour and before long, standing is child’s play!

As adults, you would probably expect the learning process to be far more refined, maybe even more efficient as our brains develop, experience and apply adult logic. But has it?

Actually we follow pretty much the same basic strategy of attempt, assess, reattempt and reassess as we did as babies. We make mistakes and our brain readjusts for the next attempt, learning as we go each time correcting the previous mistakes and documenting its progress step by step.

Messages are sent to our brains where they are accessed, processed, and an action is dispatched, reassessed, reprocessed and re-dispatched.

After some time our brain become satisfied with it’s ability to cope with the requested action and delegates the role, it sends the patterned task to the cerebellum, which creates a neurological point of reference, a blueprint a reference for the next time we perform that or a similar action.

The cerebellum is a smaller area at the base of the brain, often referred to as the ‘little brain.’ It handles many of our subconscious behaviours, the reactions that have been created and perfected by our learning process.

This is all well and good but exceptionally time consuming and actually not at all efficient as it presupposes we will make countless mistakes before being successful.

Of course, this may take just fractions of a second in reality, but in a game where races are won and lost on those fractions, it makes sense to improve our odds by refining the process.
This is achievable because our bodies behave like computer operating systems, it communicate with others and internally using a specific individual language, a dialogue that is evolved through the assess and reassess protocol.

When we understand our own individual neurological language it allows us to effectively communicate our messages internally and externally with more precision, it also allows us to better understand and manage our responses by cutting out much of the hit and miss mentality.

And in the world of sport where split-second communication between mind and body is so crucial, a hybrid science was constructed utilising the best of performance psychology and NLP which teaches us how to develop these skills, honing them to be effective and efficient.

Talking our own specific language, as with the computers operating system allows us to train an effective learning strategy, one without having to go through the arduous, time consuming traditional learning process. It also allows us to be specific and focused in our approach whilst imprinting the blueprint directly into the cerebellum.

This new leap forward in advanced learning has a new ally in its corner ‘Hemisphere training’ a relatively new science in neurological stimulation. It takes learning to the next level by specifically stimulating the brains receptors, priming them to learn, absorb and react far more efficiently.

Teaching the brain to be hyper alert, like our own elite internal fighter pilot, priming before imprinting the specific actions into your thought process – giving your mind perfect, efficient options each and every time.

This can eliminate months of traditional training and costly mistakes from the repetitive training process, it also reduces the likelihood of both physical and mental fatigue and injury all a common complaint amongst high performance athlete.

This cutting edge science is the next evolutionary step in creating the perfect athlete.

Have you (neurologically) Immunised your Athlete?

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

In a study compiled by the UCL Institute of Child Health and the UK’s Great Ormond St Hospital it states that: In 2002 89% of all UK children were immunised against the Measles, Mumps and Rubella viruses. This left only 11% of unprotected children exposed to the virus.

These impressive statistics are helping to drive Health practitioners and parents across many countries to immunise their children, as there is clear evidence it is smart, effective and responsible parenting.

So what is immunisation and what has it got to do with sport?

Immunisation is an orchestrated exposure that allows the body to learn just how best to manage and deal with the real thing.
It’s effectively training the body to cope under attack and strategises its defence.

Once exposed the Human body creates a blue print of how the intruder is constructed and how it is best defeated, before storing this vital information as a chemical recipe within the bodies cellular system ready for any potential invader.

So clearly immunising our bodies from potential threats is a responsible and effective form of risk management. And is something that could and indeed should be applied to many areas of our lives from a welfare and development perspective.

Yet we are increasingly exposing our athletes to potentially short and long-term psychological detriment from such invaders as physical and psychological fatigue, depression, poor self-esteem, unachieved potential, to name just a few and all without any form of effective ‘immunisation.’

If exposing our bodies to a controlled and specifically designed synthesised virus protects us from its potentially harmful origins by building our immune system data base – then surely why wouldn’t you utilise this same proven science to immunise your athlete’s mind?

By neurologically walking the athlete through their preparation, competition, training and emotional build-up we can help them build a healthy neurological immunity date base to protect against their potential negative effects.

This is achieved by allowing the athlete’s mind to take ownership of its journey through the athlete’s effective and fertile imagination – utilising visualisation training harnessed with hemisphere stimulation.

We are all aware that ‘practice makes perfect’ so why not ensure your athlete practices how they would deal with competition specifics, technical moves, skills, stresses, emotional situations, fatigue even pain.

All within a safe, nurturing and educational environment that creates a lasting and powerful blueprint for the athlete to fall back on in times of heightened physical and emotional stress.

Through deeply layered and carefully constructed visualisation we covertly layer available options into the subconscious, leaving efficient desirable strategies available to the athlete.

This along with specifically targeted hemisphere stimulation impregnates this into their neurology building effective neural pathways.
By specifically crafting the visualisation you can control and directly dissociate the athlete from the harshness of some issues yet effectively allow them to create a connection to the desirable outcomes on their own terms.

We know increased emotion depletes the body of oxygen and inhibits the free-flow of muscle action.

The athlete can then make their own associations on their own level and in their own time – creating long-term sustainability dissipating the emotional attachments.

This allows the athlete to explore the different strategies open to them without feeling manipulated and or pressured into an ill-fitting outcome. By allowing them a certain amount of creative and imaginative freedom an athlete will gain ownership to their journey.

This ownership will embed the strategies deep within their neurology ready for any potential exposures in the future just as immunisation does to the body.