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Setting the Balance: Using Biofeedback and Neurofeedback with Gymnasts

Lindsay Shaw, Leonard Zaichkowsky, and Vietta Wilson

The present paper evaluated the efficacy of a biofeedback/neurofeedback training program to create an optimal preperformance state to improve gymnasts’ balance beam performance in competition. Training to increase heart rate variability (HRV) and sensorimotor rhythm while inhibiting theta was provided to 11 Division I gymnasts in 10 15-min sessions. Results of this uncontrolled study indicated that competition scores and scores from an independently judged video assessment improved throughout the training, beta decreased from preto postassessment, and there were no changes in HRV, sensorimotor rhythm, or theta. The withdrawal of training resulted in a decline of competition scores.

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An Integrated Biofeedback and Psychological Skills Training Program for Canada’s Olympic Short-Track Speedskating Team

Marla K. Beauchamp, Richard H. Harvey, and Pierre H. Beauchamp

The present article outlines the development and implementation of a multifaceted psychological skills training program for the Canadian National Short Track Speedskating team over a 3-year period leading up to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. A program approach was used emphasizing a seven-phase model in an effort to enhance sport performance (Thomas, 1990) in which psychological skills training was integrated with biofeedback training to optimize self-regulation for performance on demand and under pressure. The biofeedback training protocols were adapted from general guidelines described by Wilson, Peper, and Moss (2006) who built on the work of DeMichelis (2007) and the “Mind Room” program approach for enhancing athletic performance. The goal of the program was to prepare the athletes for their best performance under the pressure of the Olympic Games. While causation cannot be implied due to the lack of a control group, the team demonstrated success on both team and individual levels.

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Sport Biofeedback: Exploring Implications and Limitations of Its Use

Kendra Nelson Ferguson and Craig Hall

Mental performance consultants (MPCs) have obtained objective validation of their expertise in helping athletes develop and use self-regulation strategies (e.g., imagery, self-talk, goal setting, biofeedback) intended for optimal performance in sport ( Association for Applied Sport Psychology, 2019

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Developing Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence in Adolescent Soccer: A Community Outreach Pilot Program

Sabrina Gomez Souffront, Enzo R.N. Everett, and Jason Kostrna

biofeedback. Reflection activities that focus on perceiving and identifying emotions, speaking openly about emotions, and recognizing emotional signals can help athletes develop emotional intelligence ( Santoya Montes et al., 2018 ). Athletes can strengthen their emotional intelligence, particularly in

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Examining the Effects of an Interspersed Biofeedback Training Intervention on Physiological Indices

Kendra Nelson Ferguson, Craig Hall, and Alison Divine

essential that high-performance athletes have the self-regulation strategies to manage both the positive (e.g., success) and negative (e.g., pressure, anxiety) effects of sport. Biofeedback is a technique that provides psychophysiological assessments in real time to provide an athlete with the necessary

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Presleep Heart-Rate Variability Biofeedback Improves Mood and Sleep Quality in Chinese Winter Olympic Bobsleigh Athletes

QinLong Li, Charles J. Steward, Tom Cullen, Kaixuan Che, and Yue Zhou

priority for this group of athletes. HRV biofeedback is a therapeutic tool that uses breathing maneuvers to match breathing with heart rate patterns 9 in order to help restore autonomic nervous system balance through increasing parasympathetic nervous system activity. 10 The use of HRV biofeedback has

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Older Adults Overcome Reduced Triceps Surae Structural Stiffness to Preserve Ankle Joint Quasi-Stiffness During Walking

Rebecca L. Krupenevich, William H. Clark, Gregory S. Sawicki, and Jason R. Franz

governed not only by structural properties, but also by actively mediated changes in muscle length–tension behavior that may also be fundamentally altered due to age. Accordingly, in experiment 2, we leveraged isolated contractions and a novel electromyographic biofeedback paradigm to prescribe matched

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Utility of Gait Biofeedback Training to Improve Walking Biomechanics in Patients With Chronic Ankle Instability: A Critically Appraised Topic

Rachel Koldenhoven, Jeffrey D. Simpson, Lauren Forsyth, Luke Donovan, and Danielle M. Torp

factors for other chronic lower-extremity pathologies, such as patellofemoral pain, include visual biofeedback via videos and mirrors where clinicians verbally instruct patients on how to correct unwanted movement patterns. 19 Although effective for pathologies of the knee, this strategy may be difficult

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Effects of Visual Biofeedback on Symmetrical Movements During Bridge Exercise With Sling

Soo-Yong Kim, Jae-Seop Oh, and Min-Hyeok Kang

sling system during the bridge exercise. Visual biofeedback is a useful method for checking the symmetry of left and right pressures because it provides real-time information regarding pressure at the contact site during exercise. McGough et al 13 reported that asymmetrical weight bearing is

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Gait Retraining With Visual Biofeedback Reduces Rearfoot Pressure and Foot Pronation in Recreational Runners

Warlindo Carneiro da Silva Neto, Alexandre Dias Lopes, and Ana Paula Ribeiro

loading reduction, even when the runners were distracted. Another study reported an 18% to 20% reduction in plantar load rate after gait retraining, and this reduction was maintained at the 1-month follow-up (feedback-free state). 28 Other biofeedback gait retraining programs using real-time visual