NBC News: New York Sport Psychologist Leah Lagos Helps to Enhance Performance of Olympic Rower

NBC News: New York Sport Psychologist Leah Lagos Helps to Enhance Performance of Olympic Rower


SHE HAD AN “EXTRA COACH” ON THE SIDELINES – A “MENTAL” COACH! ..SARAH DID WHAT SOME PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES DO – SHE UNDERWENT “BIOFEEDBACK” – HELPING HER LOWER THE STRESS WHEN THE PRESSURE IS ON. SARAH TROWBRIDGE SAYS ROWING FEELS LIKE FLYING ACROSS THE WATER. BUT WHEN SHE WENT ALL OUT IN COMPETITION – SOMETHING WASN’T ALWAYS HAPPENING. I NOTICED THAT I COULD HAVE THESE AMAZING WONDERFUL PERFORMANCES, BUT I JUST FELT LIKE I COULD HIT A HIGHER LEVEL ON A MORE CONSISTENT BASIS AND I JUST DIDN’T HAVE THE TOOLS TO DO THAT IT FELT LIKE. SHE SOUGHT THE HELP OF DR. LEAH LAGOS, WHO USES SOMETHING CALLED BIOFEEDBACK TO HELP ELITE ATHLETES STAY CALM UNDER PRESSURE. DR. LAGOS HOOKS SARAH UP TO A COMPUTER SYSTEM, WHICH MONITORS HER HEARTRATE AND BREATHING. AND A SLOW GENTLE INHAL E THROUGH YOUR NOSE… WATCH THE PINK LINE, MIRRORING HER BREATHING….. A GENTLE INHALE, AND AN EXHALE. SARAH WORKED FOR TEN WEEKS WITH DR. LAGOS, DOING HOMEWORK, MENTAL AND PHYSICAL EXCERCES AND ONE ON ONE SESSIONS. EVERYBODY, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU’RE A SIX YEAR OLD GOLFER OR A 30 YEAR OLD ROWER AT THE U.S. OLYMPICS EVERYBODY HAS STRESS AND THIS GIVES ALOTM A WAY TO MANAGE ANDL THOUGHTS WHILE ROWING – SHE WOULD FOCUS ON THINGS THAT GOT HER EXCITED, LIKE TRYING A NEW SPORT! THEN I JUST NOTICED CONSISTENTLY BETTER CONTROL OVER MY ANXIETY, OVER THROUGHTS, OVER MY BODY, MY HEARTRATE… AND SHE STARTED WINNING MO RE. BIOFEEDBACK IS USED FOR PTSD AND DEPRESSION – BUT DR. LAGOS, A CLINICAL AND SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST APPLIED IT TO COLLEGE AND PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES. BREATHING IS THE KEY… IT’S A BREATHING PROCESS, BREATHING AT YOUR RESONANT FREQUENCY WHICH IS A SPECIFIC FREQUENCY, IT’S NOT JUST FOR RELAXATION, IF I WANTED YOU TO RELAX I’D SEND YOU TO THE SPA. THIS WAS SARAH’S FIRST WEEK – THE HIGH BLUE BARS ON THE RIGHT OF EACH GROUP IS HER SO CALLED “BUSY BRAIN” AT WORK – HURTING HER FOCUS. NOW LOOK AT WEEK 10 – “THAT” BAR IS DOWN AND THE PURPLE BA R ON THE LEFT IS WAY “UP” – SHE’S CALM FOCUSED AND CONFIDANT – A PERFECT STATE TO COMPETE. TO HAVE BETTER CONTROL OVER YOUR THOUGHTS AS WELL AS YOUR BODY, THAT’S A PRETTY WINNING COMBINATION.” # SARAH IS NOW AN ASSISTANT ROWING COACH AT YALE. ..SHE’S A REAL COMPETITOR – AND ISN’T RULING OUT TRYING FOR AN OLYMPIC MEDAL IN RIO IN 2016! A NEW STUDY FINDS…. “VITAMIN D” DOESN’T HELP FIGHT OFF A COLD. RESEARCHERS IN NEW

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