Essential Reads

Great Performers Are Born AND Made

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in The Power of Prime
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.

Psychology of Peak Performance, Continued

By David Dillard-Wright Ph.D. on June 02, 2017 in Boundless
Endurance athletes teach lessons about mental toughness for everyone.

Grit, Talent, and Character

Talent and grit combine to influence individual performance, but for teams performing under high-stakes, high-stress conditions, other character attributes are necessary additions.

Gutsy Third Person Self-Talk Utilizes Your Vagus Nerve

Excessive first person "self-talk" can increase egocentric bias. That said, using "non-first-person" pronouns and your own name has been found to promote healthy self-distancing.

More Posts on Sport and Competition

The First Day of Camp

Developing positive relationships goes a long in determining our effectiveness when working in teams. Here are some tips for effectively establishing strong relationships

Even Competition is Cooperative

By Bernard L. De Koven on January 30, 2017 in On Having Fun
Is winning the real goal of games?

Watching Football Is a First World Guilty Pleasure

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on January 29, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Many of us will tune into the upcoming Super Bowl. Enjoy it for what it is but also respect what these players go through. And see if there isn't a bit of guilt there too.

The Father of Modern Neuroscience Was an Athlete and Artist

By Christopher Bergland on January 27, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Santiago Ramón y Cajal is the father of modern neuroscience. He was also an extraordinary artist. On Jan. 28, his artworks will be shown in an American museum for the first time.

More Needs to be Done to Address the Severity of Concussions

Young athletes suffering from concussions may experience effects that can last for decades.
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Don’t Let Outside Forces Influence Your Sports Confidence

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 19, 2017 in The Power of Prime
Confidence is the most important mental “muscle” in sports. It is is a rather sensitive mental muscle that is easily weakened or injured, and difficult to heal and strengthen.

Warriors’ Calm Coach, Steve Kerr

By Elizabeth Wagele on January 17, 2017 in The Career Within You
“Kerr credits his father for his demeanor on the sideline as an N.B.A. coach: calm and quiet, mostly, and never one to berate a player.”

Wonderful Wickenheiser Inspired Greatness in Girls

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on January 14, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
An Olympic hockey champion and female trailblazer has retired. Hayley's interview in "Project Superhero" is excerpted here.

Edgy Goal Setting

SMART goals are a great idea. But how do you actually implement them? Interval Goal Setting is a straightforward way to use your own performance to set new goals.

We Need More Vulnerability and Empathy in Professional Coach

By The Research Lab on January 11, 2017 in The Fundamentals
The stressful environment of the coaching world. By Daron K. Roberts, JD.
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How Media Use Hurts Athletes

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on January 04, 2017 in The Power of Prime
I now have a new pet peeve, namely, athletes having their phones with them and checking their social media during practice and at competitions.

Superagers Pursue Challenges with Gusto, Harvard Study Finds

By Christopher Bergland on January 03, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
What lifestyle choices and daily habits can keep your brain sharp well into old age? New research from Harvard Medical School offers some valuable clues.

Sports Psychology: Mind And Body

Is athletic performance only based on physical ability? Sports psychologists work with athletes to show that the mind (e.g., motivation) can also be a very important factor.

Picking a Winner

By Mark Borigini M.D. on December 30, 2016 in Overcoming Pain
These new research results should be of interest to those who suffer from chronic joint pain.

Rest or No Rest After a Concussion?

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on December 22, 2016 in Brain Trauma
New research may confuse long-held beliefs of how to recover from a concussion. Here's the key, along with need-to-know answers to commonly asked questions about concussions.

Runners' Brains May Develop Greater Connectivity

By Christopher Bergland on December 15, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Musical training and endurance running promote similar changes in brain structure and connectivity, according to a new study.

The Naked Truth About Breath and Brain

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on December 08, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
While you are out and about this holiday season please remember to take a few deep breaths in through the nose. It really will help you think more clearly and calmly.

Make Peace With Your Losses

By Gary Smith Ph.D. on December 05, 2016 in What the Luck?
People who have not made peace with their setbacks are likely to make things worse, rather than better.

Fighting for Life

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on December 04, 2016 in A Swim in Denial
What do role-playing knights and princesses tell us about the unsettled American psyche?

“Why Me?”

By Greg O'Brien on December 02, 2016 in On Pluto
There was a time when Brooklyn was the world.

This Is What Happens When Kids Get Enough Exercise

The evidence is crystal clear: Physical activity is great for kids.

Sedentary Lifestyle May Undermine Boys’ Academic Performance

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
The combination of excessive sedentary time and limited physical activity is linked to lower odds of young boys' success in elementary school.

Study: Aerobic Exercise Leads to Remarkable Brain Changes

By Christopher Bergland on November 30, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A revolutionary neuroimaging technique reaffirms that aerobic exercise significantly increases brain volume and improves cognitive function.

The Best Advice For Handling Concussions

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on November 23, 2016 in Brain Trauma
Concussion misinformation continues in the sports world. So, I asked athletic trainers, who assess / treat concussions daily, to offer their top tips, along with a few of my own.
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4 Keys to Consistently Great Athletic Performances

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in The Power of Prime
Consistency is one thing that separates the very best in every sport from the rest. The best athletes in the world are able to perform consistently well day in and day out.

Batman & Brain Injury

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on November 20, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
How much concussion exposure does big screen Batman actually have?

Winning the Battle Inside Your Mind

By Reid Wilson Ph.D. on November 16, 2016 in All about Anxiety
It’s 35 degrees this morning, and partway through a 3,000-meter race, I go into panic mode. I can’t breathe. Suddenly, the battle is not on the water but is inside my own mind.

Three Cheers for Female Athletes!

Today, more girls and young women are playing sports than ever before.

What Is the Secret to Hillary Clinton's Grit and Resilience?

By Christopher Bergland on November 13, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Regardless of your politics, Hillary Clinton's resiliency cannot be denied. How does she do it? In this post, I've unearthed one fundamental root of Clinton's tenacity and grit.

Muscle Tone Is Sexy, But You Don’t Want To Look Too Buff

By Pirkko Markula Ph.D. on November 12, 2016 in Fit Femininity
Women athletes need to be fit and strong. Are they happy with their bodies?