Creating an Advanced Mindset (Part 2)

After you have given yourself the opportunity to create an advanced mindset, it is time to further develop that mindset. You began by understanding that difficulty and challenge can still be exciting and fun. Then you started to treat effort as a behavior that helps you progress forward with your performance (measuring and observing changes…

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Best Ways to Cope with Injury in Sport

Athletes strive to keep their bodies fit and healthy, but inevitably we all need to know the best ways to cope with injury in sport. Physical training, skills development, nutrition, regeneration/relaxation, and performance psychology are all centered on safety, health, and optimizing performance. The stronger and more flexible we are, the more prepared we are…

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Why Athletes are Good at Life

Participating in a sport, training your mind and your body, and challenging yourself will make you an athlete, and doing these things will make you good at life. When we participate in a sport (individual or team) we start to understand how rules apply to us and those around us. We can identify goals and…

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Self Talk: The Way We Interpret Reality

Simply observing our environment and the stimuli in it would appear to show us reality, pure and simple; what we tell ourselves (self-talk) about what we observe, however, is the way we interpret reality. When things in our lives and our environments don’t go according to our plan we all experience stress. While we may…

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Returning to Performance after Injury

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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Overcoming Fear (part 1)

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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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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Goal Setting for Athletes

Goal setting is a process that helps you chose WHERE you want to go in life and HOW you are going to get there. By setting goals and measuring their achievement, you are able to improve awareness of what you have done and what you are capable of doing. Moreover, properly set goals are motivating and…

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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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