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Returning to Performance after Injury

By John Gassaway, PsyD | Jul 5, 2017

It is almost inevitable that performance in sports and exercise will, at some point, result in a struggle to return to performance after an injury. The extent of the injury, circumstances in which it occurred, and availability of resources will have a big impact on how an athlete recovers, which requires return to form, time…

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Finding the Right Kind of Motivation

By John Gassaway, PsyD | May 15, 2017

When it comes to drive, sustained efforts, consistency, and maximizing potential, finding the right kind of motivation is essential. Motivation can be broken into two primary categories: internal and external (sometimes labeled intrinsic and extrinsic). Internal Motivation Internal motivation comes from your passion and desire to engage. With this, little incentive is needed — the…

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Facing Fear (part 2)

By John Gassaway, PsyD | Apr 5, 2017

When facing fear and developing a plan to overcome some difficulty, it is important to use progressions. Setting a plan in motion that allows you to gradually increase the exposure to the fear will ultimately result in greater tolerance of fear, mastery of emotional control, and working through challenges. Though this process can be modified…

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Performance Demands

By John Gassaway, PsyD | Mar 23, 2017

Athletes face performance demands in many contexts; regardless of emotional state, feeling ill, or daily stressors, an athlete’s performance is supposed to remain unaffected. However, some performance demands can be unreasonable. Athletes are asked to place their performance above all else and, depending on their league, team, coach, teammates, etc., the commitment can be well…

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Overcoming Fear (part 1)

By John Gassaway, PsyD | Feb 14, 2017

Many athletes will have to face fear as a result of increasing levels of competition, returning to sport after injury, personal challenges, disagreements with coaches, and not living up to their own expectations. Depending on the sport, these fears can relate to actual fighting (full contact sports), injury risk skills (gymnastics), or even defying death…

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Communication with Coaches

By John Gassaway, PsyD | Jan 12, 2017

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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Living with Gratitude

By John Gassaway, PsyD | Dec 9, 2016

Living with gratitude Having gratitude and then living with gratitude can enrich your life in numerous ways. When we appreciate what we have or what we have experienced we are much more likely to enjoy ourselves and our environments. Instead of looking for what we want or regretting what we missed, we become more engaged…

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Building Confidence

By John Gassaway, PsyD | Nov 20, 2016

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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By John Gassaway, PsyD | Oct 5, 2016

  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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