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    >   What is Biofeedback and what is Neurofeedback?

    Biofeedback is a term that describes two different concepts of sports science. Initially, it is the methodology used to obtain data related to various aspects of physical function in athletic performance. At the same time, biofeedback is a method of training and coaching.

    As a methodology, biofeedback, using special equipment, makes it possible to monitor different functions controlled by the autonomic central nervous system (eg heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, and other quantitative characteristics of human performance ).

    In addition, Biofeedback, describing the ongoing relationship between physical performance and emotional processes of the subject, acts as a training and education method. Therefore, it can train an athlete to acquire the ability to better manage the relationship between physical and intellectual performance.

     

    Neurofeedback is a type of biofeedback that uses imaging of brain function - electroencephalography (EEG) - in real time, for the purpose of self-management of brain activity.

     

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    >   How do I, as an athlete, practically benefit from Biofeedback?

    Among the most important practical applications of biofeedback in sports is the training in concentration and relaxation techniques. The ability of an athlete to remain focused and calm in stressful conditions of competition is an important tool for the emotional control required during the game. The development of a relaxation and self-concentration strategy for each individual athlete begins with the biofeedback evaluation, from which the physical data on the functioning of the athlete's autonomic central nervous system arises. Data is collected in a way that mimics the real performance of the athlete. Then, with exercises that resemble game conditions (increasing difficulty), the athlete is trained in constantly improving control of his psychophysiological and intellectual function. The information is recorded in measurable data that reflects actual progress from the athlete.

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    >    How often sessions need to be, in order to be effective?

    Through neurofeedback, our brain is trained to self-regulate. The frequency of the sessions is an important parameter for the effectiveness of training. Twice a week is the recommended frequency, but weekly meetings also work effectively. If the goal is to deal with a difficulty as soon as possible, then more frequent meetings are needed for faster results.

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    >    How do sessions take place and how long do they last?

    The first meeting lasts 45 minutes and aims at evaluating the needs of the individual athlete concerned. Based on the evaluation and the specific parameters of the trainee, we are planning a combined coaching and neurofeeding program in such a way that it is more effective for you.

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    >    When do I begin to understand the results?

    Although most athletes see results from the first seesions of the program, the time and frequency required for the maximum result depends on the specific parameters applicable to each athlete.

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    >    How are sessions conducted?

    During the session, the trainee wears a wireless headset, connected to a computer, which records real-time brain function when trying to achieve concentration, relaxation or alertness. The best approach is learning through the “trial and error” technique.

     

    You may be trying to concentrate, or just let your mind be free. With little experience, you will realize what it takes to bring your mind to the right state of calmness, concentration and alertness. When this happens, then you will be continually improving this status, even when you will no longer receive any relevant information.

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    >    Do the results of biofeedback last?

    As a self-training method, its results are lasting, and if desired, the athlete can join, whenever he wants, in specialized programs.

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    >    Is Biofeedback safe? Is there any risk of side effects?

    Yes it is absolutely safe. The headsets (EEG headset) used in training do not send any electricity to the trainee’s body or brain. Instead, the sensors detect the brain activity and send back the information they receive, so that we know when we are making changes to this activity. It is absolutely safe to use this device as often as required. Note that the headsets used are working with batteries (1.5 - 6 volts).

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    >    Can I benefit from biofeedback if I follow any medication?

    Yes. Biofeedback does not interact with any medication.

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  Piraeus, Attica, 18531

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