Validating the efficacy of neurofeedback for optimising performance
The decades following Kamiya’s findings saw research demonstrating the practice’s effect on treating seizures (2), ADHD (3), stroke victims (4), PTSD (5), and dozens of other mental disorders.
The EEG identifies where individuals’ neurological activity is suffering, and neurofeedback conditions it back to a healthy state.
This commitment to accessibility lead to our first mobile prototype, Brain Sport, and four years later, to the launch of Versus.
Versus is a wearable EEG headset and app that together create a tool for training the brain.
This became the Brain Bank — a database of neuroperformance measurement on the highest performing populations.
Mining this repository has allowed us to identify the electrical patterns that correlate with the highest levels of performance and develop training protocols that condition athletes to create those patterns when it matters most.
This sparked the question I’ve since spent my career answering: why does one person excel at a task over another, despite every measurable variable looking the same? Eventually, I put down my sheet music and turned to psychology.
There I learned more about our neurological functions, about alpha and beta waves, and discovered that despite all similarities, those musicians operated on a neurological level that was far more active than I did while playing—the same way an elite athlete’s brain lights up during competition while an average competitor’s may settle for a dim glow.
Thanks to the boom of empirical analysis and affordability of sensor technology, we live in an era of unprecedented data collection.Post Activation Potentiation; increased acceleration. Nervous System Training; improved power from the same muscle mass. So much of our progress in sports science has resulted from training the physical system simply because we’ve had the tools measure it.But if so much of an athlete’s performance is mental, how are we training them to be better mentally? Mental toughness gets a lot of lip service, but telling someone to “shake it off,” is the mental equivalent of saying “be faster.” It’s easy to say, but without proper training is nearly impossible to achieve.The process begins with a basic Neuro Performance Assessment (NPA) across six key performance indicators.Based on the assessment, Versus prescribes a custom training protocol to match your unique needs.