Essential Reads

Who Am I? Someone? Or Nobody?

By Tom Bunn L.C.S.W. on August 24, 2016 in Conquer Fear Of Flying
Celebrity is competitive. The outrageously competitive have no limits on what they do to get noticed. Winning often means being a bigger jerk than anyone else is willing to be.

Blame It on Rio Part 1

The US swimming debacle in Rio, spearheaded by all-star Ryan Lochte, is a timeless story of Young Male Syndrome.

Olympics Bare Extreme Range of the Human Spirit

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on August 16, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
While we can aspire to Olympic ideals of decorum we often fail to adhere to their real life practice...a short coming not restricted to high performance athletes, of course.

When Sibling Rivalry Goes Awry

You may remember the days in the not so distant past when you were the envy of friends and family. “Your kids get along so well,” they would gush.

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What Happened to the Biggest Losers Won't Happen to You

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on May 04, 2016 in Cravings
Worried about the Biggest Losers and their regained weight? Don't be; competitive weight loss probably has nothing to do with you.

Pause During Your Workout to Get Better Results

More rest between weight lifting sets courts bigger potential for growth, confirming the importance of pausing and pacing — in all things. Even exercise.

Gimme a Break! You Can Get Stronger, Without Working Harder

Are you feeling weak and lazy? If so, I have good news. Scientists have identified a way to increase muscle mass without having to exert any effort.

Perfect Practice for Softball (And Sports)

Is your practice full of reps? It shouldn't be.

Turn the Lights Off When You Stay

Two outbreaks of eye injury were recently reported by the CDC. The outbreaks shared one key thing in common – broken lights.

How Could 60 Seconds of Intense Exercise Change Your Life?

Do you feel like there aren't enough hours in the day to exercise regularly? If so, a new study reports that you can reap the benefits of a longer workout in just 60 seconds.

Lessons for All of Us from a Sports Psychologist

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 30, 2016 in How To Do Life
A The Eminents interview with John F. Murray.
Jim Taylor, Ph.D.

Practice Is the Foundation of Athletic Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 29, 2016 in The Power of Prime
To be the best athlete you can be, you must be serious about your practice in every area that impacts your athletic performances—physical, technical, and mental.

Unexpected Lessons on Greatness From Super-Champion Athletes

A new study reveals unexpected commonalities among elite-level athletes. These findings offer valuable clues for achieving greatness both on and off the court.

Do We Really Practice Yoga in the West?

What kind of yoga do we practice in the West? Is it a physical exercise or the original spiritual practice?

Jackie Robinson Day And Diversity in Major League Baseball

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on April 15, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
It's important to reflect on the importance of honoring and celebrating Jackie Robinson's efforts and career but also to pause and consider how far things have truly progressed.

Put the “Student” First in Student-Athlete Concussion Care

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on April 14, 2016 in Brain Trauma
Concussions and the classroom: Is it OK to send an injured student-athlete back to school? We need to re-orient our priority for a safe, effective "return-to-learn."
Jim Taylor, used with permission

Five Mental Obstacles That Prevent Sport Success

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 14, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Mental obstacles refer to any psychological or emotional issue that interferes with your ability to perform your best consistently in the biggest competitions of your life.

Why “Macho” Leadership Still Thrives

By Ray Williams on April 13, 2016 in Wired for Success
Global economic uncertainty and the spike in terrorism has created a resurgence of populist attraction to authoritarianism and “macho” leaders.

What's a Parent to Do? The Advice Edge

How do you discuss your child's performance with them? The timing and content are important for good results. This applies to our own performance, too.
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7 Things Parents Can Do at the End of a Sports Season

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on April 08, 2016 in The Power of Prime
The conclusion of a sports season can be a time of excitement, relief, and suffering for parents of athletes.

The Day My Friend Took Adderall Before a Track Meet

During the warm-up I remember making a comment about how he looked locked in and he replied, “thanks, I scored some Adderall for the first time to give me an extra boost too.”

Sleep, Lifestyle Factors Affect Concussion Risk, Recovery

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on April 04, 2016 in Brain Trauma
Post-concussion recovery guidelines include "relative rest;" Plus to understand how concussions affect sleep, you have to look at all 5 factors that affect risk and recovery.

Aiming to Please (the Janitor): a Field Experiment

By Alain Samson Ph.D. on April 01, 2016 in Consumed
New insights on scoring in the men's room

What’s the Secret to Staying Forever Young?

A new study has identified an extreme subgroup of people who show incredible resilience to the signs of aging.

Positive Mood Makes People Gamble More

By Art Markman Ph.D. on March 30, 2016 in Ulterior Motives
In order to take a risk, you have to feel as though that risk will pay off in some way.

Aha! Aerobic Exercise Facilitates the Free Flow of Thought

Albert Einstein once said of E=mc2, "I thought of it while riding my bicycle." There is growing empirical and anecdotal evidence that aerobic exercise stimulates "Aha!" moments.
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What Do You Tell Your Team the Night Before the Big Game?

By Hendrie Weisinger Ph.D. on March 26, 2016 in Thicken Your Skin
It's the night before the big game. What do you tell your team?

Sports and the Postgame Handshake

At the end of the game, should we always, without exception, attempt to shake the hands of our opponents?

Can Kobe Bryant Rebound From Retirement?

Old age can come sooner for professional athletes. Often with millions of dollars in the bank, and time on your hands, this presents a psychological challenge: how to retire.

Can Psychology Explain the Sharapova Doping Controversy?

In 2006, testosterone was the single most-common banned substance detected in urine tests at World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratories.

Michael Phelps and the Romance of Archetypal Heroic Journeys

The top swimmer's daily habits illustrate what it takes to become an Olympic champion. His new "Rule Yourself" ad campaign offers an intimate glimpse inside his personal journey.

Forget About Superman, What About Batman V Batgirl?

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on March 08, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
Skill and achieved abilities are the great levelers between the sexes and across all. Even between Batgirl and Batman.

Balancing Precarious Emotions in Sport Concussion Protocols

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on March 07, 2016 in Brain Trauma
Identifying emotional health during concussion baseline tests may not be expected. But they should be. Using unique "facial affect" recognition, we can help avoid major drama.

Advice For a Champion

By Fernand Gobet, Ph.D., and Morgan H. Ereku on March 07, 2016 in Inside Expertise
Top human Go (baduk) player faces artificial intelligence this week. Our advice to the champion for taming the beast: Play as usual.