Category Archives: Stress

Youth Runners – Is Mental Game Training Needed?

[I will soon be releasing a white paper on mental game training and youth runners. This is a portion of what is presented.] Here are several common questions and some comments I have overheard on the topic of youth runners, performance and the role of their mental game: My coach says it’s all in my head.

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Funny Things People Say About Mental Game Training

No doubt that when it comes to a person’s weaknesses the last thing someone wants to do is advertise them. But let’s look at this a bit closer. Any of the following are considered weaknesses in sports: trouble dribbling to your left; hitting high and inside pitches; finishing with a blazing kick; or hitting from the rough;

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Performance Declines with Distractions

Dealing with distractions is a part of life. Effectively doing so however is infrequent. It’s not really new news but ongoing research demonstrates the negative effects of distractions and multi-tasking. Researchers have found that switching from one task to another makes it difficult to tune out distractions and can cause mental blocks that can slow down

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Youth and Applied Sports Psychology

I work extensively with youth athletes from many sports. They come to me with support from their parents and sometimes at the urging of their parents. I’m pleased to say that more often than not I meet well-meaning, objective and intuitive parents. They want what is best for their youth athlete. But they see my

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Can I Use a Mental Game Technique to Be Mentally Tough?

Mental game techniques encompass aspects of goal setting, focus and refocusing cues, visualization/imagery, performance triggers and cues, reframing, relaxation, process goals, confidence builders, affirmations, emotion control, dealing with fears, personal motivators – and much more. Each of these have many techniques and skills to master. And all of these encompass the concept of mental toughness. So,

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Do I need a Mental Game Coach or am I just Crazy?

Recently I had a couple athletes mention to me that they weren’t sure if mental game coaching was warranted for them. They alluded to must being “abnormal” or “kinda crazy” if someone would need a mental game coach. It’s a curious stigma attached to mental game coaching field. Mental game coaching, mental toughness coaching, or

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Stress and the Athlete

This is the time of year that stress seems to take its toll on everyone. So, before it gets the best of you, let’s review some of the basics on stress and its effects on you as an athlete. What is stress? It is the subjective interpretation of an event by a person. Therefore, in

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Hypnosis and Running: Part III – What a session involves

The process for hypnosis is simple and there is nothing magic about it. Before you begin, the hypnotherapist should do a thorough interview and you both should be comfortable with each other before you proceed. If you are not comfortable with your hypnotherapist you will have a far greater difficulty (or possibly fail at) getting

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Hypnosis and Running: Part II

This is my second post on the use of hypnosis as a performance enhancing aid to your running (athletic) performance. I’ll start this with a couple terms that have all kinds of connotations to people – most often negative. Hypnotherapists and writings on hypnotherapy use terms like “hypnotic state” or “trance”. No worries. It just

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