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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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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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 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 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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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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Underdog Mentality The underdog mentality describes a David vs. Goliath situation in which a smaller, less experienced, ostensibly less talented, or any other “lesser” competitor takes on the bigger, more experienced, ostensibly more talented, or any other “greater” competitor. The strength of the underdog mentality is that it allows the “lesser” to take advantage of…

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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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Advanced Mindset - Breaking Barriers in Sports Performance

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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A sport psychologist is a specialist and, in some cases, a doctor. Athletes should use a sport psychologist as such. When we have a common cold we usually all respond in a similar fashion. We think about house-hold remedies to fight the cold and return to health. This may include drinking a lot of fluids,…

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