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Posts Tagged ‘mental skill’

Communication with Coaches

Communication is one of the most important aspects of learning and coaching, and therefore communicating with your coach is an essential part of enhancing your performance. Coaches should be respected, trusted, and deferred to for your training. If you don’t feel that you can respect your coach, if you question their suggestions or motives, or…

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Building Confidence

Building confidence starts with understanding what confidence is.   Confidence is our beliefs in ourselves and in our ability to successfully perform in our sport through challenges, obstacles, growth, advancement in competition, and virtually every part of our participation. By using empowering, reassuring, and confident self-talk we enhance our confidence and become much more likely…

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Focus

  Focus is versatile and can be advantageous not only in all aspects of sports, but in almost all aspects of life as well. Focus enhances your ability to learn new skills and perform these skills without distractions. Focus is important during the learning process as it allows athletes to sustain attention on the most…

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Veteran Olympian Advantage

Why do Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, and other returning Olympians have an edge on competition? After you have experienced something for the first time – especially something unique, stressful, exciting, emotional, etc. – it creates a familiarity in your senses and expectations that can significantly enhance your ability to thrive and overcome challenges…

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Lessons Learned: Expectations

A collegiate wrestler had been on a losing streak for several months with increased frustration and little idea of where to direct more of his efforts/energy. He explained that he had been staying after practice for additional repetitions in skills, had been strength training harder and running longer, and had discussed his frustrations with his…

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Motivation

Playing sports and competing against others can be fun, exciting, and motivating in and of itself. When we participate in activities for sheer enjoyment, we don’ t need much convincing to continue. Sometime, over-time we begin to notice that we find activities less enjoying and more work. When we are provided with praise, rewards, money,…

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Awareness

Awareness is the first step in understanding our own performance. It lets us know our strengths, our weaknesses, our areas of growth, our goals, and virtually every aspect of performance. The more aware we are of these aspects of ourselves, the more in control we become of developing consistency in performance. When we are unaware…

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Mental Skills and Physical Skills

Physical Skills are needed for sport and they are not necessarily given to you by your coaches. A coach will not give you strength, agility, endurance, stamina, flexibility, etc. Coaches can certainly help you improve these physical skills/attributes. Most importantly, a coach will help you to utilize these skills in order to best participate in…

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Learning to Walk

Sometimes it can seem intimidating or confusing to think about working with a sport psychologist. There is also the question of what a sport psychologist can do to help you. A majority of the skills a sport psychologist can help with are not unknown to athletes: imagery. self-talk, awareness, psyching-up/relaxing, goal setting, motivation, focus, etc. When asked how a…

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