Dr. Mitch and Angelika Sadar have helped professional athletes, high powered professionals, and students optimize performance.  

Optimize Your Performance

in Sports

Anger, frustration, anxiety…These emotions have cost many players an important match. More importantly, they can cost the enjoyment of the game. We can help players learn the skills that can make the difference between having fun and winning matches and going home frustrated with the game.

Performance psychology often focuses on learning techniques such as relaxation and using imagery. Utilizing biofeedback introduces additional and powerful set of tools that goes way beyond traditional peak performance training or sports psychology.

Reasons to Choose Sadar Psychological to Maximize Your Performance:

    • We have helped professional athletes, nationally ranked juniors, and college and high school athletes, executives and professionals, and students of all levels who want to make their brain work more efficiently and improve their performance.
    • Elite athletes including professional tennis players, olympians, and NHL players have chosen to work with us.
    • Angelika Sadar is widely recognized in the tennis community for her expertise and regularly asked to speak at regional and national tennis conferences.

" “My son went to take his driver’s license test last Friday. He was really nervous and had a long wait before his turn. I suggested he use some of the breathing lessons you had taught him. He said “you know, they really help” and also mentioned the lesson about staying focused in the present, not getting too far ahead of yourself. Seem to help him a lot and he did very well on his test. Thought you’d be interested to know how students are applying your lessons beyond the tennis court. Thanks for your interest in our kids.”"

- Father of Nationally Ranked Junior Tennis Player

Posted by Sadarpsych on February 19, 2015

Foundation of Mental Peak Performance

The Importance of Mind at Rest

At this point in our evolution, the optimally functioning brain should be able to reach an optimum level of activation for whatever task is before it, maintain that optimum level of activation for the duration of the task, and then achieve a state of rest in preparation for the next task to be presented.  The basic foundation of this process is the ability to attain a resting state whenever possible.  It is this basic ability that is being adversely affected by modern society and that individuals must find a way to address if they want to perform at their best. (more…)

Posted by Sadarpsych on January 15, 2016

Alternative Treatments to Suspend Medication Use During Pregnancy

Research on Decreasing Migraine Medication During Pregnancy

The Northeast Region Biofeedback Society (NRBS) Conference was held in November 2015. As always, it was a great Conference. I learned from all of the speakers, but one speaker made a particular impression on me; Dr. Jeff Carmen talked about the use of biofeedback, specifically pirHEG which he invented, in the treatment of migraines for women who were looking to get pregnant or who were pregnant. He made the point that the typical approach for such women was to be told by their physicians to stop their migraine medication and to “tough it out” during the course of their pregnancy.

This was, of course, suggested to avoid exposing the developing fetus to the chemicals that comprise the migraine medications. (more…)

Posted by Sadarpsych on January 4, 2015

Bioresonance Biofeedback

Two weekends ago we were visited by two colleagues/friends from Florida, Mike and Carolyn Cohen.  They brought with them their bioresonance equipment and program (the Lenyo CellCom unit).  They had been telling us about their positive experience with this equipment, and they were kind enough to bring it up so we could see it in use.   We had lined up several of our patients who were willing to act as subjects in a trial use of the bioresonance training.  Our emphasis was on chronic pain, although the training has reportedly been used successfully with a host of medical and psychological issues. (more…)

Posted by Sadarpsych on December 12, 2014

There’s more than therapy!

As the New Year approaches and people start to talk about New Year’s Resolutions (and we work non-stop to get our expanded office space ready) I’ve been thinking a lot about Sadar Psychological and Sports – who we are, what we believe in, and how we can keep improving.

How do Psychology and Sports fit together???

People have regularly asked me why we chose to name the practice Sadar Psychological and Sports Center…The name was based on our philosophy that both mental and physical wellness are (more…)

Posted by Sadarpsych on July 19, 2017

Is it possible to be addicted to technology?

How many of us can admit to immediately waking up in the morning and reaching for our phones? The answer is probably the majority of us. So is this considered an addiction?

WHAT IS AN ADDICTION?

The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.

We, as humans, rely heavily on technology to go about our daily routines. There is no official mental disorder classified as “technology addiction” but this term can encompass addictive behavior related to social media, excessive texting, information overload, online shopping, gambling, video gaming, and overall smartphone usage.

IF ADDICTED TO TECHNOLOGY, WHAT DO YOU EXPERIENCE?

People with what they identify as a “technology addiction” experience symptoms such as:

  • Depression
  • Social isolation
  • Social anxiety
  • Shyness
  • Impulsivity
  • Low self-esteem

THE SYMPTOMS LISTED ABOVE CAN BE TREATED USING BIOFEEDBACK HERE AT OUR VERY OWN FACILITY! Sadar Psychological and Sports Center utilizes equipment that “trains” the brain; and this training will allow for better functioning-as the brain is learning and is able to communicate more efficiently. To learn more about the services we provide and how they can help you, visit our services page: http://www.sadarpsych.com/services/

INTERNET GAMING DISORDER-WHAT IS IT?

This is the term for an addiction to video games. There are both functional and structural changes in the neural reward system, so essentially these changes are the same as one would see in a person with an addiction.

Video gaming is a relatively new field of study, so research on addiction to gaming is still in its infancy.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF VIDEO GAMING?

  • Positive aspects: attention, visual, and motor skills are improved.
  • Negative aspects: risk of addiction, which can cause any of the symptoms listed above.

Because this is such a new field of study, it is not known yet what aspects of games affect brain regions and how.

SIGNS YOU MAY WANT TO CONSULT A PROFESSIONAL:

  • You use technology as a way of escaping problems or relieving negative feelings (such as helplessness, guilt, depression or anxiety).
  • You constantly check your smartphone, even if it does not ring.
  • You get paranoid when your phone (or any other device) is not with you.
  • You ignore what is happening around you, in real time, in favor of what is happening virtually.

 

* (2017, Spring). Addicted to Technology? Binghamton University Magazine.

* Palaus, M., Marron, E. M., Viejo-Sobera, R., Redolar-Ripoll, D. (2017). Neural Basis of Video Gaming: A Systematic Review. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Retrieved from http://neurosciencenews.com/video-games-brain-6963/>.

* “We live in a society inebriated by technology.” Brutally Honest. Image version: 6a00d8345169e201a3fd1c1af4970b. Image found on http://www.brutallyhonest.org/.a/6a00d834516bb169e201a3fd1c1af4970b-250wi.