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 26, 2015

The Importance of Attention

The Importance of Attention:

Any way you look at it, the ability to attend, or to focus, is extremely important.  It is not only people with ADHD who can benefit from improving their attention. The better you focus, the better you will be able to do whatever it is you are going to do.  This applies to work, school, sports, relationships, and everything else.  There is a perfect, positive correlation between how well you perform and your ability to focus. A friend and colleague, Lawrence Edwards, Ph.D., has written: “Attention is an extremely valuable commodity.  Without attention nothing flourishes.  None of your relationships, your goals for a career, your hopes and dreams, nothing comes into being or is sustained or grows without attention” (Awakening Kundalini: The Path to Radical Freedom (2013) pp. 242). (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.

 

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 March 18, 2016

How Treatment for Chronic and Acute Pain Should Differ

I had previously written about the distinction between illness and disease and why that distinction is an important one to make. I want to now apply that distinction to chronic pain.

Defining Chronic and Acute Pain

I would argue that acute pain is related to disease, and chronic pain is related to illness. Pain as defined by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) is: “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage…”. Chronic pain is typically differentiated from acute pain based on its persistence. Generally, pain that persists beyond (more…)

Posted by Sadarpsych on May 18, 2017

Should kindergarten children be reading or playing?

In a  new study, a comprehensive 20-year examination of 800 children from kindergarten through their mid-20s published  in the American Journal of Public Health, found a link between a child’s social skills in kindergarten and how well they were doing in early adulthood.
Children who were helpful and shared in kindergarten were more likely to have graduated college and have a full-time job at age 25. The children who had problems resolving conflicts, sharing, cooperating and listening as kindergartners were less likely to have finished high school and college, and were more likely to have substance abuse problems and run-ins with the law.
The findings are “huge” when it comes to the thinking about how brain health impacts a person’s overall health, said Kristin Schubert, program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the research.
Here are some things you can do to help your child if they are having problems in pre-school or kindergarten:
  • Ask the teacher to pair them with compatible peers
  • Encourage your child to share
  • Do not “punish” them by keeping them away from play time; rather :”teach” them by having them work on a project with a peer
  • Don’t worry about the academics; most kids catch up before long
  • Old fashioned games like: Red Light/Green Light, Simon Says and Freeze tag are great for teaching emotional and physical control

For every one-point increase in a child’s social competency score in kindergarten, they were twice as likely to obtain a college degree, and 46% more likely to have a full-time job by age 25.