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Olympians Use Mental Imagery; You Should Too

Like all sport training, imagery will be most beneficial if you use it consistently; incorporating it into your practice and competitive preparations, and away from your sport.

Psychology of Tryouts: Part II (What Athletes Can Do)

I’m going to offer young athletes some practical tips to help them approach tryouts in a positive way, allowing them to perform their best on the day of the tryout.

Mentally Preparing for Olympic Sports Success

Whether you succeed or fail to achieve your "Olympic" goals at these all-important competitions ultimately depends on what happens between your ears.

Work with Other Parents to Create a Healthy Sports Culture

Your goal, in collaboration with other sport parents, is to actively create an environment that will establish a healthy foundation for your children’s sports experiences.

The Psychology of Athletic Tryouts: Part I

Is there anything more important to a young athlete than tryouts, that first big step toward participating in a league, playing for a team, or joining a sports program?

Great Sports Performance Is About Feelings

You perform your best by feeling, not by thinking. When I talk about feeling, I’m referring to two types of feelings: physical feelings and emotional feelings.
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Become a Sports Emotional Master

When you compete in your sport, how do you react when you experience frustration, anger, and disappointment? Do you beat yourself up, lash out at others, or just give up?
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In Sports, Giving Up Means Giving Up on Yourself

The pet peeve that gets me the most is when, in practice or competition, athletes give up at the smallest mistake or failure. When they do, they automatically lose.
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7 Key Messages to Send to Your Young Athletes

Your goal is to send these seven essential messages to your children early and often so that the messages become the healthy foundation for their athletic lives.

Break the Chain of Frustration

Frustration is typically defined an emotional reaction that arises when the path toward a goal is blocked and can’t be readily cleared.

What to Say to Your Young Athletes Before and After Games

Nothing you can say to your kids will make them play better. But, unfortunately, you do have the ability to ensure that they don’t play well with what you say to them.

What You Should Do for Yourself as a Sport Parent

What you think, feel, and do as an active participant in your children’s athletic lives influences how much they enjoy their sports and how well they perform.

Create Your Ideal Sports Training and Competitive Focus

Focus is so important to athletic success because you if you’re not focused, you have little chance of doing the things that will enable you to perform your best.
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Teach Your Young Athletes Healthy Sports Values: Part II

The valuable messages you send to your kids as they immerse themselves in sports contribute significantly to the values that will shape who they become and the lives they lead.

Send Healthy Messages to Your Young Athletes

You want to make sure that the messages you send to them will encourage them to enjoy their sports participation, perform their and best, achieve their athletic goals.

Reach Your Ideal Sport Intensity

Somewhere between sleep and terror you perform your best. Some perform best really relaxed, others medium intense, and still others super fired up.

Values in Youth Sports: Part I

The values that you instill in your children as part of their sports experiences have a huge impact on every aspect of their lives. on and off the field of play.

Have Goals, Not Expectations, for Your Young Athletes

Expectations act as burdens that you place on your young athletes before a competition, causing pressure, anxiety, and worry. Goals act as motivators to help them become successful

Strengthen Your Confidence Muscle for Sports Success

You should think of confidence as a muscle. It can be strong, weak, or injured. And to make it as strong as it can be, you must train it, just like you train your physical muscles.

6 Ps for Sports Success

The area that will probably make the biggest difference in whether you perform your best occurs before you even enter the field of play, namely, your attitude toward your sport.
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Define Success for Your Young Athletes

Provide your children with a definition of success that is motivating, controllable, and will encourage them to strive toward their goals with commitment, confidence, and courage.

Make Your Sports Goal Setting S.M.A.R.T.E.R.

Goals offer two essential things that fuel your motivation: 1) a clear destination for where you want to go; 2) a road map for getting there.
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Find Your Motivation Every Day in Your Sport

Without motivation, you wouldn't go to the gym in the early morning, you wouldn't put in the time practicing your sport, and you would give up quickly if training got difficult.

Develop Emotional Mastery in Your Young Athletes

Your children's ability to develop emotional mastery in sports will also influence them in other aspects of their lives including with family and friends, and at school.

Train Your Mind Like You Train Your Body

Why isn’t mental training treated the same as physical and technical training? Well, it should be.

Vlog: Build Self-esteem in Your Young Athletes

Sports are a venue in which children are exposed to experiences and challenges that can foster healthy and resilient self-esteem.

Vlog: Peak Performance Shouldn't be Your Goal in Sports

I challenge the popular notion of "peak performance" as the goal that athletes should strive for. In its place, I introduce my concept of "prime performance" for athletes.
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Inspiration for Athletic Success Must Come From Within

Inspiration must arise from a very deep place within you. This inspiration is grounded in who you are and it absolutely forces its way out of you, demanding that you take action.
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5 Keys to Making Mental Training like Your Sports Training

Despite athletes and coaches saying that the mind is so important, it is the piece of the athletic performance puzzle that is most neglected.

Great Performers Are Born AND Made

Different pursuits have specific neurological, physiological, and musculoskeletal requirements and if you're not born with those, all of the training in the world won't help.