Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Train Your Brain for Better Physical Performance

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Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 08:42 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Left brain/right brain theory says the left hemisphere of the brain is where logic, reasoning, and numbers are processed; the right side is responsible for intuition, creativity, and performance. That makes fictional "Big Bang Theory" physicist Sheldon a left-brain type, and real-life tennis player Jim Federer a right brainer.

We know the left side of your body is controlled by your right brain, where there's also control of performance (motor skills and coordination). So, German researchers decided to see if right-handed athletes would compete better if the right side of their brain was stimulated before a game.

In three experiments, right-handed athletes (in judo, badminton, and soccer) squeezed a ball in their left hand before they started playing in a high-pressure competition. They performed measurably better than other right-handed players who squeezed a ball in their right hand.

The researchers theorize that thinking consciously about what you're going to do (left brain) makes you mess up. And athletes do best when they rely on automatic, pre-programmed moves (those live in the right brain). Therefore, stimulating the right-brain sense of intuitive performance (via left-handed ball squeezing) makes for better play. Could squeezing your honey do the same?

The researchers think that an elderly (right-handed) person who's afraid of falling might also benefit from squeezing a cane or walker with the left hand before taking the stairs. And we've always said a good squeeze is wonderful for body and soul - so why not try it? Your significant other awaits.


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