15 October 2012

Biofeedback for Extreme Situations

Do you think your job is stressful?
Most of us would probably answer yes, but imagine if this was your job...

(Though this daring rescue at sea was reported in the news, what most people don’t know is that on their way to the rescue, the Dutch Special Forces were staying calm thanks in part to tactical breathing skills they learned from a Dutch biofeedback expert.)

Stress has a great impact on the quality of lives of the men and women in uniform that serve and protect communities. Biofeedback offers ways to measure stress and guide professionals that work with people in extreme situations. The BFE Military and Security team has recently released software to train professionals working with military, security and law enforcement agencies. The suite, compatible with the BioGraph Infiniti system, was designed by an international team led Dr. Henk Kraaijenhof and based on his experience training military and law enforcement personnel.

Dr. Henk Kraaijenhof
Dr. Kraajienhof is a biofeedback expert based in the Netherlands. Henk has trained Olympic gold medalists and top professionals and now also trains special forces in tactical breathing for performance under pressure. The software is just one piece of an education and training program for professionals interested in learning more about biofeedback.

Starting in January of 2013, Dr. Kraaijenhof will be hosting a series of three online grand rounds sessions along with BFE Military and Security team member Yuval Oded who lends his expertise based on his biofeedback assisted MentalGym™ project. During these sessions, participants will be able to present specific cases or pose questions to the group for discussion.

If you would like to know a little bit more about the suite and how it works, we have made available a recent webinar presented by the BFE Research Manager, Jon Bale. In the recording, Jon reviews the software and documents included in the suite. He will also demonstrate the assessment and training protocols. At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to identify one measure of biofeedback and neurofeedback, recognize the use and benefit of different types of assessment, learn the benefit of using different stressors to elicit a physiological change.

If you are interested in learning more about this interesting use of biofeedback, feel free to contact the BFE Military and Security team at www. redmilitarysecurity@gmail.com.

Visit the BFE Online Shop for full descriptions of the products listed above:
Military and Security Software Suite
Military and Law Enforcement - Grand Rounds
Intro to the Military and Law Enforcement Suite - Webinar Recording

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