There has been a recent interest in the use of neurofeedback to enhance sports performance. Our goal is to report the effects of performance brain training (a specific neurofeedback training paradigm with protocols based on the NeuroPerformance Assessment) on specific measures of golf performance in a group of Division I National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) golfers. Participants included 16 golfers. Baseline performance data was collected prior to grouping athletes (Time Point 1). Initially, both groups continued as normal with team practice, tournament play, and sport-related coaching, while only Group 1 completed performance brain training (Time Point 2) due to limited athlete availability. Subsequently, only Group 2 completed while both groups maintained normal team activities (time point 3). Performance data was collected at each time point. Paired t-test analyses were completed for five performance variables from Time Point 1 to Time Point 2 and from Time Point 2 to Time Point 3 for each group. When comparing Time Point 1 to 2, Group 1 showed significant improvements in several golf performance indices: with increases in greens in regulation, decreases in the putting average, and decreases in the average number of three putts per round. Between Time Points 2 and 3, Group 2 demonstrated statistically significant improvements in greens in regulation, fairways in regulation, putting average, and average of three putts per round. It appears that Performance Brain Training may contribute to improvement in sport measures. Broadly, these findings lend support to previous studies illustrating that brain training improves performance outcomes, yet replication in a large sample size is required for further conclusions to be drawn.

You do not currently have access to this content.