“The Mind Room” in Italian Soccer Training: Use of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback for Optimum Performance.
By: Wilson, E., Vietta & Peper, Erik & Moss, Donald. (2006)
Members of the Italian Soccer team that recently won the World Cup utilized a number of biofeedback and neurofeedback techniques labeled the “Mind Room.” The integration of biofeedback and neurofeedback into the common practices of sport psychology can be used to assess and teach the athletes to maintain appropriate breathing, relaxed muscles, coherent heart rhythms and dominant alpha brain states. Details on the Mind Room protocol are closely guarded, but the present authors details four components well documented in sports psychophysiology. In order to score game winning penalty kicks, the athletes need to remain calm, alert, and focused on the goal while pandemonium is occurring all around them.
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