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Dr. Pierre Beauchamp will continue to mentor the Indian chapter of Mindroom/s in the near forseeable future. Medha Mind Enhancement Co. (P) Ltd. Chennai, India, through its Chief Mentor N. S. Srinivasan, will work closely with Dr. Pierre Beauchamp to strive to customize solutions for different teams and individual sportspersons in India. Rather than merely reiterating what has been done or being done elsewhere with some other National and/or International athlete/s, Medha plans to produce more winners in India by effectively adapting Dr. Beauchamp proven methods to Indian brains.

The strength of the Indian athlete lays not only in physical prowess but also the mind. The whole world of Wellness and/or Sports sciences have learnt the art of “Mindfulness,” “Self-regulation,” “Being-in-the-Present,” “Being-Process-oriented” and so on, from ancient Indian Wisdom.

The only difference is that modern science has made it more “Experiential.” What took a sadhak 10-15 years of austerity to “Experience” can be gained in as less than 10-12 sessions using Applied Neuroscience. N. S. Srinivasan, the Chief Mentor of Medha, should know this as he has lived for more than 15 years in different Indian ashrams, before embarking on learning about the brain to help others “Experience” rather than “Explain,” Indian Wisdom. With more than 13 years of experience in the science and art of Biofeedback and having been mentored by the vanguard of this experience-based science, he expects to bring this learning into the Indian Chapter of Mindroom to adapt Dr. Beauchamp’s proven methods for “Peak Performance Under Pressure” to Indian needs and necessities.

Introduction

High Performance Model: The Mindroom Team Approach

At the elite levels of all sports, all peak performing athletes utilize a team approach to help them achieve their goals. This is true in professional hockey and soccer with coaching staffs of five to ten coaches. Dr. Pierre Beauchamp who founded the Mindroom for Canada’s Olympic Speedskating Team and Olympic Ski Cross Teams at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games had a professional team of 15 for 10 Olympic athletes who came home with 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze.

A key element that contributed to Canada’s 14 Gold medals in Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games was that every Canadian Olympic Team was supported by a professional team (e.g., Integrated Support Team, IST) of sport science professionals (e.g., Doctor, Physiotherapist, Physiologist, Biomechanics, Sport Psychologist, Nutritionist, Technician, Strength, etc). Moreover, most countries in International sport have also moved in this direction. In addition, individual sports such as golf, tennis and pistol shooting; Tiger Woods, Roger Federer and Abhinav Bindra are all excellent examples of contemporary athletes who have developed a high performance team approach.

History of the Mindroom Evolution

The technologies and know-how for the Mindroom were originally developed for Italy’s AC Milan FC (2002), by Professor Bruno De Michelis, featuring Biofeedback and Rest & Recovery as its principal tools. The same AC Milan Mindroom was also utilized by the Italian National Team in their EuroCup championship victory in 2008. Consequently, Bruno De Michelis then moved to Chelsea FC where they also won the 2012 Champions League Cup. Many other teams have also tried their own versions of the Mindroom such as Barcelona FC and Manchester United FC.

Today, the Mindroom has developed into a multidisciplinary sport science (sport psychology, psychophysiology, perceptual – cognitive training, sports medicine, physiology, etc.) laboratory integrating the latest technologies with the goal of enhancing performance in sport, business and the arts.

A unique feature of the Mindroom is the close relationship between scientific development and the latest training protocols that have helped Olympic athletes achieve winning performances at the Olympic Games. Under the expert guidance of Dr. Pierre Beauchamp, his athletes have won a total of 5 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze Medals in three Olympic Games (www.mindroompsp.com).

  • 2002 AC Milan FC under the direction of Bruno DeMichelis
  • 2008 Italian National Soccer Team
  • 2009 Chelsea FC
  • 2010 Real Madrid
  • 2010 Manchester United
  • 2000 Arial Ski Team and Mogul Ski Team (2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games)
  • 2006 US Navy Seals and Special Forces
  • 2007 NASA
  • 2007 Speed Skating Canada an Ski Cross Canada
  • 2010 French Rugby Federation – Stade Toulousian
  • 2010 NHL – Vancouver Canucks
  • 2011 NFL – New England Patriots
  • 2012 India – London Olympic Games: Air Pistol
  • Assist athletes with increasing or maintaining Confidence
  • Assist athletes in the self-regulation control of Emotions
  • Assist athlete with Rest and Recovery Strategies
  • Assist athlete to maintain Focus and Attention
  • Assist athlete to be Mentally Tough and Resilient for optimal performance under Pressure
  • Mindroom Olympic Mental Skills Workbook to teach Olympians the psychological skills and strategies for success
  • Mindroom Olympic Log Book to set daily goals
  • Tracking and Monitoring : Yearly Training Plan, Athlete Profiles, Performance Trend Analysis, Key Performance Indictors, etc.
  • Performance Tools: Bio-Neurofeedback Training, Reaction Time Training, Perceptual-Cognitive or Vision Training, Decision Training, Rest & Recovery Profiles, Psychometrics (personality, psychological skills, fatigue, stress, attention, etc.)
  • Psychological Skills Training:
    • Perceptual-Cognitive Training – Focusing Skills: Neurotracker (www.cognisensathletics.com)
    • Self-Regulation Training: Biofeedback (www.thoughttehnology.com
    • Mental Rehearsal and Self-Hypnosis to build Confidence
    • Decision Training
    • Stress Coping Skills
    • Media Training
    • Olympic Games Planning
  • Performance Evaluation: Post-Competition debriefs, Strategic Planning Team Meetings, Intervention evaluation, etc.

A primary goal of the Mindroom is contributing sport science knowledge and technology to the Professional, Olympic and Sports Academy organizations, towards achieving optimal athletic performance; this goes beyond enhancing physical, technical and tactical skills. The purpose of the Mindroom is to share the sport science findings gathered from the Academy, Reserve and First Team with coaches, technical development staff and General Manger – such that they can make informed decisions on the overall program and development of their players. The second function of the Mindroom is to train and develop the athletes in the areas of psychological skills and strategies for peak performance, perceptual-cognitive training, self-regulation training, rest and recovery assessment and strategies, etc. Finally, the final objective of the Mindroom is to provide a ROI (Return of Investment) for the coaches, management and owners of the organization by providing the following advantages:

  • Informed decision making for coaches on players game readiness
  • Informed decision making for Directors of Development and Scouting
  • Integrated utilization of Mindroom program will enhance player performance (see
  • Manchester United & Vancouver Canucks Data)
  • Integrated utilization of rest & recovery data will allow coaches to make better utilization of players and intervene where players are at risk
  • Build a professional image for the club
  • Increased Team confidence and mental toughness
  • Better focus and concentration for games
  • Greater awareness for Rest & Recovery Strategies
  • Increased Peripheral Awareness, anticipation and better decision making during games
  • Better Individual and team Statistics at year-end
  • Contribute to coaching staff making better decisions on who to start in games
  • Contribute to scouting and development staff in terms of objective indicators from with they can make better decision on key recruits and transfers
  • Contribute to better coaching decisions on who needs more rest
Year 1 Mental Skills Training Program for AcademyPsychological Skills Profile for First team and ReservesRest & Recovery Profiles for First team and Reserves

Neurotracker Training for Academy, Reserves and First Team

Year 2 Continue Year 1 programEg; Self-Regulation Training
Year 3 Continue Program from Year 2Eg; Rest and Recovery
Year 4 & 5 Option: Integration of all the Mindroom Technologies
  • Minimize disruptions
  • Allows staff and players time to adapt to new technologies
  • Capital costs of equipment phased in over three – five years
  1. Build a professional image for the club
  2. Increased Team confidence and mental toughness
  3. Better focus and concentration for games
  4. Greater awareness for Rest & Recovery Strategies
  5. Increased Peripheral Awareness, anticipation and better decision making during games
  6. Better Individual and team Statistics at year-end
  7. Contribute to coaching staff making better decisions on who to start in games
  8. Contribute to scouting and development staff in terms of objective indicators from with they can make better decision on key recruits and transfers
  9. Contribute to better coaching decisions on who needs more rest
  1. Enhance performance of the individual players and team performance – increase value of players and team
  2. Reduce occurrence of injuries due to more effective monitoring of Rest & Recovery parameters such as: Psychometric profiles, Neurotracker threshold scores, Omega wave, Fatigue Science and GPS technologies.
  3. Improve scouting and recruitment of new players – psychometric profiles, Neurotracker assessments, etc
  4. Mindroom PSP can be utilize as a recruitment vehicle to encourage high profile athletes desire to play with the club
  5. Improve Academy Development success ratio fro 4{d27735901205fe8516ac2eea82dc1aa8e1c421d8d8775fa577b03059e9db9f97} to 10{d27735901205fe8516ac2eea82dc1aa8e1c421d8d8775fa577b03059e9db9f97} in the next 3-5 years with implementation of Mindroom Program at the Academy level.
  • Confidence – belief in themselves, the team and their individualize training plans
  • Concentration – focus on the process, staying in the present with their focus points within their routines
  • Imagery – ability to visualize positive shots, plays and game strategies
  • Arousal regulation – ability to bring their competitive mindset (gameface) to every competitive situation on the field (e.g., compete level of each player)
  • Motivation – ability to set outcome, performance and process goals to overcome their performance barriers
  • Composure – ability to relax and deal with pre-performance anxiety by learning to follow their routines and getting into the zone
  • Resilience – ability to bounce back emotionally from set-backs or losses both as individuals and as a team
  • Mental Toughness – learn to develop emotional strength and character to overcome adversity
  • Professional attitude & Aggressive Mindset – build athletes who take charge & self-responsibility for their training and performance on and off the field
  • Olympic Mindroom Mental Toughness Workbook – educate Academy athletes to internalize their mental training instruction in an individualized way that makes sense relative to their needs and learning style
  • Olympic Mindroom Logbook – educate Academy athletes to stay focus by setting daily goals and thereby enhancing their intrinsic motivation
  • Situational Awareness: perceptual-cognitive training improves athlete’s ability to anticipate opponents/plays and to execute performance-based decisions under time pressure (e.g., more time to choose best option)
  • Neuro-physical Stamina: perceptual-cognitive resistance to fatigue studies has shown that athletes trained in perceptual-cognitive training maintain high levels of cognitive function under stress vs. athletes who have done no perceptual-cognitive training.
  • Timing of Return To Play from Injury Rehab: perceptual-cognitive training is a supportive indicator for Return to Play (RTP) decision-making from injury Rehab or mTBI.
  • Sports Vision: perceptual-cognitive training improves: 1) visual acuity and quicker processing of visual information, 2) peripheral awareness, 3) response time to peripheral stimulus on the field of play, 4) read body/ball movements more effectively, 5) simultaneously track multiple targets, 6) sustained focus of attention, 7) improved situational awareness on the field of play, and 8) improved working memory on demand & under pressure.
  • Performance Enhancement: French National Team rugby players improved their perceptual-cognitive ability by 52{d27735901205fe8516ac2eea82dc1aa8e1c421d8d8775fa577b03059e9db9f97} after 10 training sessions while others improve as much as 3 times over the season. Similar results occurred with the Vancouver Canucks in terms both performance statistics on the ice (e.g., individual – avg. 16{d27735901205fe8516ac2eea82dc1aa8e1c421d8d8775fa577b03059e9db9f97}) and 22{d27735901205fe8516ac2eea82dc1aa8e1c421d8d8775fa577b03059e9db9f97} increase in team winning performance over the previous year.
  • Rest & Recovery Measurement: Neurotracker threshold measurements can both gauge a) post-game cognitive state and b) recovery rate in preparation for the next upcoming game.
  • Athletes will be able to control and self-regulate their arousal and pre-game performance anxiety towards optimal functioning on demand and under pressure in game performance.
  • Help athletes get into the zone quicker and be less distracted by internal thoughts and rumination
  • Help athletes to physiologically recover quicker after burst sprints on the field when they are not running and refocus quicker
  • Help athletes develop a clear mind for mental performance on the field of play. Consequently, athletes will improve their attentional focus and decision-making towards improved mental performance on the field of play (e.g., cognitive flexibility, short-term memory, response time, anticipation, and decisive decision-making for penalty kicks, free kicks, corners, etc.)
  • Help athletes in emotional self-regulation under competition stress (e.g., Zidane; Terry, etc.)
    Aid athletes with rest and recovery strategies
  • Allow coaches to make better informed decisions regarding their players on a ongoing per game basis
  • Allow coaches and scouting department make critical decision on players
  • Allow medical staff to make informed decisions regarding rehab of players
  • Allow the sport science integration to take place in a timely manner relative to the Yearly Training Plan.
  • Integration will allow for a more thorough system to evaluate player performance