Going inside the mind and body of a future NBA star, Red Bull's High Performance Program pushes athletes, including NBA prospect Dante Exum, to their limits so they can formulate a plan for how to improve and get to the top of their sport.
Is mental infirmity an inevitable consequence of getting old? Or could we enjoy a more clear-headed old age?
In California it's common to see advertisements promoting brain training or brain workouts which claim to help reverse the effects of ageing.
Beach-volleyball star Kerri Walsh-Jennings and her teammate Misty May-Treanor have dominated the sport for more than a decade, capturing gold medals at the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics. So it's unusual for the duo to be heading to London as the third-seeded team, rather than No. 1. "We're a bit of the underdog," says Ms. Walsh-Jennings. "It's a whole other mind-set."
I recently had my brain mapped to find out how I handle stress.
I sat ensconced in a large black leather chair, hooked up to electrodes cemented through a bright red cap with some kind of gel.
Adam Dunn, one of the new players on the White Sox in 2011, had heard the stories about the club's brilliant but joyless right fielder, Carlos Quentin. Dunn had heard the nicknames given by teammates about Quentin's moods, and Dunn wondered how someone could be so remarkably good at a game and yet have so little enjoyment playing it.
MELBOURNE—“Tennis players are always talking about the zone, getting into the zone,” Mike Bryan told me last week at the Australian Open. “I feel like I’m starting to know what it feels like.”
Think you have what it takes to make it into the Olympics? Try on Kerri Walsh's routine for size. The two-time Olympic gold medalist and volleyball superstar trains on the beach (we could think of worse workout environments!), does Pilates, runs track and lifts weights two times a week. And that's just the beginning.
The goal behind all the fancy Neurotopia electronics is something the neuroscientists like to call "self-regulation." This is the idea that using basic behavioral conditioning techniques – a positive stimulus for the "right" response, a negative stimulus for the "wrong one" – you can train your brain to influence physiological processes that we normally think are beyond, or below, conscious control: body temperature, heart rate, or, in this case, brain waves, the patterns neurons make when they fire as a group.
Here are six ways that athletes can improve their performance:
-- Processing information faster.
-- Improving concentration.
-- Recovering quickly from mistakes.
MARINA DEL REY (CBSLA.com) — If your brain needs a bit of a boost a new kind of video game could help sharpen your skills.
No remote control it needed – this game is played by tapping into the brain’s electrical waves.