Sensorimotor rhythm neurofeedback enhances golf putting performance

Ming Yang Cheng, Chung Ju Huang, Yu Kai Chang, Dirk Koester, Thomas Schack, Tsung Min Hung

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    Abstract

    Sensorimotor rhythm (SMR) activity has been related to automaticity during skilled action execution. However, few studies have bridged the causal link between SMR activity and sports performance. This study investigated the effect of SMR neurofeedback training (SMR NFT) on golf putting performance. We hypothesized that preelite golfers would exhibit enhanced putting performance after SMR NFT. Sixteen preelite golfers were recruited and randomly assigned into either an SMR or a control group. Participants were asked to perform putting while electroencephalogram (EEG) was recorded, both before and after intervention. Our results showed that the SMR group performed more accurately when putting and exhibited greater SMR power than the control group after 8 intervention sessions. This study concludes that SMR NFT is effective for increasing SMR during action preparation and for enhancing golf putting performance. Moreover, greater SMR activity might be an EEG signature of improved attention processing, which induces superior putting performance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)626-636
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Volume37
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Attention
    • Automaticity
    • EEG
    • Precision sports
    • Sensorimotor rhythm

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Applied Psychology

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