INDIGO Biofeedback

Welcoming a New Generation For a Better Mind, Body & Spirit 
Kelly Bone, CBS, LSHC

Athletics

Athletes face a host of unique challenges, which can impact their performance 
enormously. Whether they win or lose depends on how well they are able to manage
the following stressors: emotions, injured tissue, heart rhythm, brain and nerve
function, nutrition, hormones, over training, repetitive injury, endurance, focus, coordination,
flexibility and balance. Biofeedback allows the athlete to acquire skills to better
balance their physical and mental performance. (World Sport of Science, 2011)

For many years now Olympic and professional athletes have utilized biofeedback as a
means of positively adapting to and mastering all of these challenges, while gaining
self-control and a significant competitive edge in sport and competition. Several
decades worth of biofeedback research has been conducted in sport psychology, most
of these studies have found positive effects of biofeedback interventions on sport
performance and stress management. “Sport psychologists will and that neurofeedback
(a specialized form of biofeedback) is a cutting-edge technology that holds potential for
improving concentration and attention, lowering anxiety and disruptive mental chatter,
and in assisting in the rehabilitation of effects from concussions and mild head injuries.”
(Hammond, 2007)

INDIGO Biofeedback: Helping Athletes Win! 

The Olympic Games in Beijing China in 2008 exemplifyed how biofeedback can help
athletes peak their potential, break competition bests and bring home gold. A team of
INDIGO biofeedback professionals worked on 358 Olympians, all of whom were considered
at baseline to be “second string”; the resulting 32 medals astounded coaches, as
well as the ministers of sport. (Mendell, TQA 2010) During competition, mental attitudes
account for up to 80% of success. “Anxiety of performance increases the probability of
mistakes during competition”. (Peper, Schmid, 1998) Therefore management of stress
and anxiety are essential to optimal performance. The manufacturer says the INDIGO can help monitor physiological and psychological reactions, highlight how positive or negative thoughts
are effecting those reactions, and train the athlete for improved concentration. It can
also assist them in identifying disturbing thoughts and feelings, and re-framing self-talk
more positively.

Athletes need to learn how to mediate arousal; each and every movement must be
concise and use the minimal most efficient effort possible in the high performance
arena. Relaxation is essential to this process. According to the manufacturer, INDIGO biofeedback can be a crucial part of their education and peak training in these respects.
Another crucial factor necessary for success is quality sleep, which also facilitates the
body’s ability to repair itself quickly and efficiently. By initiating a relaxation response,
retraining muscle tension and brainwaves, as well as improving circulation, the INDIGO
is also able to help athletes feel well rested and recover more quickly.

Peper, E. and Schmid (1983/84) The Use of Electrodermal Biofeedback for Peak Performance Training. Somatics IV (3), 16-18.
The Journal of the American Board of Sport Psychology, Volume 1-2007, Article # 1 Hammond, D.C. 6