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Performance and Recovery Center

Known for cutting-edge scientific expertise and utilizing the most advanced technology in the field of human performance and recovery, the scientists at the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute have successfully implemented scientific and personalized strategies for monitoring, performance optimization and recovery for Olympians, professional and college athletes, active duty military, and now the general population. The RNI is here to share its deep understanding of how to maximize short and long-term performance and optimize recovery, stress-reduction, balance and resilience.

Our scientists translate their work with elite athletes and military forces to everyday people looking to optimize their performance and recovery and reduce injuries, while increasing health and longevity. The team develops personalized strategies for individuals and groups through a combination of state-of-the-art assessment and recovery technologies.

While some resorts and fitness centers have started to incorporate limited recovery options into their programming, very few of them are combining these offerings with scientifically based and validated monitoring and recovery plans developed by top neuroscientists and Division I strength and conditioning coaches and military scientists. Our latest equipment and expert instruction can be provided on location or offered through patient visits to the RNI at WVU’s campus.

Initial Baseline and Follow Up Assessment: Trained, on-site staff members evaluate a patient’s physiological and overall performance status via the latest performance and recovery science and the use of various wearable sensors and apps, all linked to the RNI secure and confidential data analytic platform.

Plan of Action: Personalized recovery and performance optimization plans will be developed based on the overall profile of the individual and analytics of sensor data.

Report and Customized Plan: The RNI prepares an initial baseline report, on-site, and a more-in-depth follow up (depending on the individual preference), using a fusion of physiological, neurological, and performance data to provide a customized recovery plan.

Enhancing performance and recovery strategies

Whether elite athletes, weekend warriors, or executives, we all endure a significant amount of stress – physical, mental, emotional, and environmental – on a routine basis. Without proper recovery, this results in high levels of chronic oxidative stress markers, inflammation, and an out-of-balance autonomic nervous system. Through prescriptive recovery using advanced technologies, the body can be optimized to efficiently recover from these stressors, leading to optimized health, wellness, and performance.

Photobiomodulation: Red and Near-Infrared Light Therapy (Non-UV) applied to the whole body for holistic inflammation and oxidative stress reduction, accelerated recovery from physical training, and pain reduction. (A)

CryoStimulation Therapy: Quick exposure to very cold breathable air (-230F) increases parasympathetic activity and reduces inflammation and pain. (B)

Floatation Recovery: One thousand pounds of Epsom salt in water kept at 94 degrees (skin temperature) creates an environment void of all external stressors (e.g., light, sound, gravity, temperature), resulting in a reduction of stress, anxiety, and pain. This leads to deep relaxation and enhances sleep and energy. (C)

Light at Night and Sleep Recommendations: Leveraging the RNI’s cutting-edge research into Circadian Rhythm and sleep to develop specific plans for how to reduce disruptions to our natural clocks.

Diet: Specific diet, including recommended items and foods to avoid, that will reduce inflammation and stress and promote better cognitive and physical performance.

Gold Standards

Olympic Air Rifle Gold Medalist Ginny Thrasher has been working with the Human Performance research team at the RNI over the course of the year to track the relationship between physiological data and athletic performance. (D)

With today’s fast-paced lifestyle, information overload, and mounting stress – and a corresponding interest in increasing mindfulness and longevity – there’s never been a more opportune time to better balance the workings of the brain, spine, and nervous system.

These performance and recovery capabilities are a key element of the RNI’s new Innovation Center.

Dr. Ali Rezai, executive chair of the West Virginia University Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, lays out his bold, new vision for neuroscience at WVU. Joining Dr. Rezai are WVU President Gorden Gee, Albert Wright, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia University Health System, and Clay Marsh, MD, vice president and executive dean for Health Science at WVU.

Research drives patient care at any large academic medical center. As stroke treatment has dramatically evolved in the past decade, WVU Medicine’s neurointerventionists have emerged as national leaders in their relatively new field. Here, Ansaar Rai, MD, WVU Medicine Radiology vice chair of clinical operations, discusses the past and present of stroke treatment.

Neurosurgeons treat their patients through the use of a delicate, targeted procedure; the best neurosurgeons are skilled at several. WVU Medicine neurosurgeon Robert A. Marsh, MD, PhD, says his best approach is unique to each patient, and considers wishes as well as needs.

WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute