Of possible interest to coaches and indeed athletes is what is called the ‘Braverman Personality Type Assessment.’ This is a self-scoring neurotransmitter assessment questionnaire consisting of a series of questions which the respondent deems either true or false.
It is not designed specifically for coaches (or athletes) but has and can be used by both groups. The assessment focuses on four particular neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, acetylcholine and gamma-aminobutyric acid, otherwise known as GABA) and attempts to determine neurotransmitter dominance and deficiency. From a coaches perspective the concept is that coaching protocols can be designed to benefit from an athlete’s dominant neurotransmitters and to enhance the production of those neurotransmitters in which athletes may be deficient. The suggested means of doing this is via prescribed foods and supplements.
A very simplistic example of the application of the results of this assessment could be the athlete found to be dopamine-dominant who may need high tempo, high intensity exercise with a need for frequent variation. If the dopamine-dominant athlete is also deficient in mood-balancing inhibitory neurotransmitters like serotonin the athlete’s natural tendency – the theory would suggest – is to over-do it on the activity, while avoiding restful, relaxing activities that are just as important for physical health, wellbeing and fitness. Consequently is would be suggested that the athlete would benefit from increasing their serotonin levels.
The general concept therefore is to ascertain a neurotransmitter profile and to then tailor individual athlete schedules to match their individual brain chemistry.
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