Move Human performance Center and Physical Therapy

Unleashing Athletic Potential Through Myelination

Move Human Performance and Physical Therapy has long recognized the power of myelination, not only in sports performance but also in rehabilitation, particularly for individuals recovering from traumatic brain and spinal injuries. Now, we’re applying these principles to athletes, drawing on our extensive experience in helping patients regain mobility.
Have you ever watched awe-struck as a professional athlete performs with seemingly effortless grace and precision? It’s not just about talent or avoiding indulgences like beer and ice cream. The secret lies in a process called myelination, a crucial aspect often overlooked in athletic training.

Myelination in Athletic Training

For athletes, myelination is crucial for mastering complex movements. It’s the difference between a novice and a seasoned athlete. By focusing on correct technique and repetition, athletes can improve their performance significantly, making challenging movements feel more natural and less strenuous.
Myelination involves the build-up of myelin, an insulating layer, around nerves. This process occurs in response to repeated nerve firings, typical in physical therapy and athletic training. The more a specific movement is practiced correctly, the thicker the myelin sheath becomes, leading to more efficient and effortless movement.

Benefits of Myelination

  • Leads to more efficient and effortless movement.
  • Aids in recovery and enhances athletic performance.
  • Makes challenging movements feel natural and less strenuous.


What is Myelination?

  • Biological Process: Myelination is the process of forming a myelin sheath around the axons of neurons. Axons are long, thread-like parts of a nerve cell along which impulses are conducted from the cell body to other cells.

  • Myelin Sheath: The myelin sheath is a fatty layer that coats the axons. This layer is composed of protein and fatty substances, which gives it a white appearance, often referred to as “white matter” in the brain.

  • Function of Myelin: The primary function of the myelin sheath is to increase the speed at which electrical impulses (nerve signals) pass along the myelinated fiber or axon. By insulating the axon, myelin prevents electrical current from leaving the axon and increases the speed of impulse transmission.

The Brain-Body Connection in Sports and Therapy

Central Role of the Brain: The brain orchestrates complex movements and processes sensory information, crucial for both athletes and rehabilitation patients.
Myelin Sheath Optimization: Enhancing the myelin sheath’s integrity improves neural conductivity, crucial for

fast and efficient signal transmission. This is vital in both sports performance and therapeutic recovery.


Deep Practice: The Path to Recovery and Excellence

Deep Practice, a method involving repetitive skill acquisition with a focus on precision, is essential in both physical therapy and athletic training. This approach ensures that the right neural pathways are strengthened, leading to quicker and more efficient movement patterns.

Deep Practice for Sports Performance

  • Involves repetitive skill acquisition with a focus on precision.
  • Strengthens the right neural pathways for quicker, more efficient movement patterns.

The Role of Brain Function in Sports Performance

  • Enhancing Reaction Time and Coordination: Studies show that specific brain training protocols can significantly improve reaction time and hand-eye coordination in athletes.
  • Focus and Concentration: Neurofeedback and mindfulness-based practices enhance an athlete’s ability to maintain focus and concentration, leading to improved performance.
  • Relaxation Techniques: Employing relaxation techniques fosters a calm mental state, crucial in high-pressure sports environments.

Move's Integrated Approach

  • Combining Neuroscience and Physical Training: At Move, we integrate neuroscience with physical training, applying brain function optimization techniques alongside physical exercises.
  • Tailored Programs for Athletes and Patients: Our programs are customized to cater to the specific needs of athletes and rehabilitation patients, focusing on both neurological and physical aspects of recovery and performance.


Move Human Performance and Physical Therapy’s innovative approach, combining myelination and brain function optimization, represents a holistic method in sports performance and rehabilitation. By applying these principles, we’re not only aiding recovery but also pushing athletic abilities to new heights.

Contact MOVE to learn more!