The Last Roundup: Biofeedback / Neurofeedback to Enhance Performance
Dr. Vietta Sue Wilson and Dr. Leah Lagos
April 9-10, 2019
Dr. Vietta Sue Wilson will share what has worked and what has not worked in her 40-year practice of enhancing performance in athletes/executives. Dr. Leah Lagos will share what are the most powerful change agents in her clinical practice. Together they will cover both assessment & training.
Day 1 will cover assessment for performance incorporating interview, paper and pencil inventories with profiles of psychophysiological measures: sEMG, RR, HR, HRV, EDA, Temp, EDA and EEG. Most importantly, time will be spent on making sense of the results: What is measured, what are typical readings, how do the measures interact, common issues when assessing and when to refer.
Day 2 will focus on how to train for elite performance incorporating Biofeedback and Neurofeedback with typical mental skills (imagery, cognitive restructuring, relaxation techniques-pmr, autogenic, meditation). Training will include integrating the mental skills above with biofeedback/neurofeedback for breathing/hrv, muscle awareness and control, emotional awareness and control, attentional focus, calming, performance state and control of a busy brain. Deciding on what to train, training paradigms, common issues, home or sport location training will be presented. Each participant will receive related research and clinical papers as well as the power points of the presentations for later review.
- Understanding and interpreting profiles of physiological & EEG measures
- Understanding of typical mental skills used with elite performers
- Integrating biofeedback/neurofeedback skills with mental training
- Determining an appropriate training approach- office and home
About Dr. Sue Wilson
Sue Wilson is a world renowned Performance Enhancement Specialist considered by many to be the “grandmother” of biofeedback in sport. She has dedicated much of her career to researching the connection between stress and its effect on physical health and mental performance. Her acknowledged expertise is in the teaching of brief skills, validated by psychophysiology, to allow individuals to perform to their capabilities.
Sue Wilson is a retired professor from York University with a Lifetime Achievement award from the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe. Her teaching and research was in sport psychology and learned self-regulation. Sue has worked with top executives and over 50 world or Olympic athletes from 1976 to Rio 2016. The software and training courses she developed for the BFE’s Optimizing Performance and Health Suite are distributed worldwide. She also does mentoring for other biofeedback based clinicians. Sue is currently providing mental training for Canada’s Paralympic archers as well as two tennis clubs and individual athletes from gymnastics to hockey to figure skating.
About Dr. Leah Lagos
Leah Lagos, PsyD, BCB is a clinical and sport psychologist and BCIA Board Certified biofeedback provider in Manhattan, New York. She earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from Rutgers University and served as a faculty member of the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University. Highlights of her work with athletes include conducting interviews for NFL teams, as part of Professional Sports Consultants, for more than 9 years. Dr. Lagos has served as a consultant to PGA tour players to provide on-site support at tournaments such as the Masters’ Tournament in Augusta, GA. Dr. Lagos has also served as a consultant to US Olympians providing consultation and on-site support at venues such as the London Olympics. As a consulting psychological expert for the media, Dr. Lagos has appeared on the Today Show, NBC Nightly, MSNBC, CNN, CBS, Fox, Sports Illustrated News and ESPN. She is a consulting editor for Biofeedback Magazine: Clinical Journal and was the Guest Editor of the 2015 spring issue. She is the Chair of the Optimal Performance Section of the American Association of Physiology and Biofeedback. Dr. Lagos is also an appointed biofeedback provider for athletes and patients of several hospital programs in the New York metro area.