NeuroAthleta

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What is NeuroAthleta? The number 1 GOAL of NeuroAthleta is to assess athletes to improve performance. It is a helping hand that works at the psychological level to maximize the gains made at the physical training. This can include work on goal-setting, motivation, confidence, managing stress or learning to visualize. It is also the analysis of lifestyle, RHR and HRV to determine how your system is working, and assess how to improve its functioning. NeuroAthleta is a “tailored suit” of exercises for those individuals or teams willing to go a little further in their practices.  

The PHILOSOPHY behind NeuroAthleta comes from combining my background in both Neuroscience (Bachelors degree) and Sports Psychology (Masters degree and currently a PhD student investigating HRV and lifestyle). [You can read more about my education on LinkedIn]. 

While being different disciplines, I believe Neuroscience and Psychology work synergistically. While psychology studies the how we function through behaviors, thoughts and feelings, Neuroscience focuses on the why we function through the study of the nervous system, and it is precisely from having different points of view of human function, that each discipline is able to bring a distinctive key tool to the work done with athletes on their way to improve performance. 

Services

Mental Skills

The key tools for top performance

Life skills

The skills to deal effectively with daily demands

Identity & personality

The foundation layer for all other work with athletes

HRV

Assessment of your HRV & advice to understand and improve it

FAQ



Questions and answers

NeuroAthleta is for those individuals or teams willing to work on their strengths and weaknesses at the psychological level to promote improvement of their physical performance. It is aimed at those individuals or teams willing to go a little deeper -to the mind and body roots- of their practices. This can apply to any person practicing a sport, from beginners to serious practitioners to professionals. 

In addition, even though NeuroAthleta is focused on the athlete, it can also be useful for coaches that want to optimize their style of teaching, from their way of communication to learning how to accelerate performance development in their athletes. 

Are you currently practicing a sport and feel like there is something preventing you from achieving your full potential, for example anxiety, poor communication or lack of planning? Are you injured and/or have lost motivation? Or maybe you want to start doing a sport but don’t know how to incorporate it into your life. If you feel like any of the items mentioned in the Services section above could help you in any way, reach out. I will tell you if NeuroAthleta is right for you.

In sports psychology, mental training is used to help athletes develop mental toughness, which is an indispensable ingredient for top performance. Athletes that are mentally tough are more likely to show behaviors like consistent training, composed performance actions, responsibility and accountability, adaptive development, team support (Anthony, 2017), self-efficacy, optimism and attention and emotion regulation (Gucciardi et al., 2014), than their less mentally tough counterparts. Mentally tough athletes have the ‘personal capacity to deliver high performance on a regular basis despite having varying degrees of situational demands‘ (Gucciardi and Hanton, 2016). There’s plenty of research supporting the benefits of mental training for performance, as well as personal testimonials of professional and non-professional athletes and teams. To name a few athletes: Nathan Chen, Lindsey Vonns, Steffen Deibler, Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan, Nick Faldo and Rohan Dennis. 

Great! The first step is to get in touch (contact details below). We will first have a chat during which will explain why you are reaching out, and I will determine if NeuroAthleta can help you. Then, the following 1-2 sessions will involve an assessment to get to know you more, after which I would present you with a plan of how we would move forward. From then on, we would have 1 sessions the first 2-3 weeks, and space them out later, but the frequency and length of the sessions will be different depending on each individual case. 

This will vary depending on each case, and depending on whether the sessions are with an individual or a team. However, during the sessions there is a lot of self-evaluation and understanding of exercises; and outside of the sessions your work will be to put into practice the habits or exercises we worked on during the consultation.

HRV stands for Heart Rate Variability, and it’s the fluctuating distance between consecutive heart beats. It’s an indication of the state of your nervous system and it can help understand and guide your training. You can read more about my work on HRV at: 

www.neuroathleta.com/hrv

If you are based in Barcelona or surroundings, it could be either: online or face-to-face in an office. If you live further, the appointment would be online. Reach out and we can talk about what suits you. 

You can get in touch via Email, Twitter, or filling the contact form below. Details are at the bottom on the page.

Questions? Thoughts? Want to book an appointment?

GET IN TOUCH

neuroathleta@gmail.com

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