Function Neurology and Sports Performance
Our goal at FFNG is to increase an athlete’s ability to perform optimally. Our cutting-edge brain-based treatments (BBTs) are utilized to improve an athlete’s motor memory & optimize nervous system control. A functional neurological and orthopedic exam is performed to identify the integrity of the athlete’s neurological pathways. BBTs are then tailored to strengthen the pathways performing less than optimally. The treatments can show results within minutes, if not seconds. BBTs provide the advantages needed to EXCEL BEYOND their competitors & their DREAMS!
Cutting-Edge Brain-Based Treatments
The NHL’s Sidney Crosby’s return from head trauma was facilitated by employing brain-based treatments to “re-map” Crosby’s brain. The New Orleans Saints have utilized a specialized mouth guard that increases a player’s range of motion & flexibility, allowing them to perform more optimally. These new insights into functional neurology are providing a unique and valuable service to many professional and amateur athletes. Unfortunately, many individuals remain short of optimum performance because the integrity of nervous systems control is unidentified.
Human Brain = Computer’s Central Processing Unit (CPU)
Advances in functional neurology have expanded our understanding of the interaction between the body and the nervous system that governs perception & coordination. How quickly does your team’s quarterback read through his progressions? Does mental fatigue lead to decreased performance levels? Every millisecond counts in the sports world, & that’s where functional neurology delivers.
A brain that can effectively receive, process, & appropriately respond to its’ environment has a greater chance of success. Why? It has more options. Compare the processing speed, capacity, & function of a computer from the 1980’s vs. an Apple™ of today. Is there a difference between the quantity & quality of the output? This generation is at a disadvantage because the playground has been replaced by seated activity such as video games, television, & computers. These “novel” devices do not facilitate the linking together of areas in the brain that are fundamental for complex actions such as movement, thought, coordination of hormones & sleep/wake cycles, etc.
The Brain Knows What our Sensors Tell It
The true consequence of an injured joint and/or muscle is the alteration of its “map” within the brain. This diminishes the brain’s ability to efficiently coordinate the muscles and joints, especially spinal & joint stabilizers, causing them to “turn off” at inappropriate times, or what’s termed as reflexogenic weakness. The consequence is a less-than-stable platform for the arms and legs to work off of. This leads to decreased sports performance and/or chronic and/or repetitive injuries. Traditional training & rehabilitation programs may increase the range of motion of a joint and muscle complex. However, little is done to reestablish the neurological control of the complex. In fact, the decreased neurological control could have precipitated the injury. Reflexogenic weakness can occur due to trauma, head or eye movement, and/or food sensitivities.
The path to exceeding your sport performance goals can start today. Call us at (954) 746-9797 to see how we can help.
Links to Functional Neurology and Sports Performance
Below is a video and other links on functional neurology. Professor Fredrick Carrick, the pioneer of functional neurology, used brain-based treatments to help get Sidney Crosby and other Athletes back in the game and beyond. See How!