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Category: Mental Skills Training

The Power of Optimism

By Matt Long, M.A., M.Ed.
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You know you are in deep trouble; so you face the brutal facts of the challenge you’re facing. But at the same time you feel deeply that you will prevail. This quote comes from James Stockdale, a…

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Managing Emotions in Sport

By Dr. Andrew Friesen
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There is no construct of human psychology and functioning more prevalent in sport than emotion. Mood, emotions, and general affect can influence every movement in every sport. Consider a typical 45…

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Why Mindset and Failure Matter in Performance

By Nicole Detling
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Nicole Detling discusses the importance of your mindset for performance and the importance of learning from failure.

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Auto Racing & Mental Skills

By Tami Eggleston
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Tami Eggleston gives a few tips on how auto racers (and other athletes) can use mental skills to help them get the most out of their practices.

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Principles of Effective Goal Setting

By Eva V. Monsma
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1. Make goals specific, observable and in measurable terms – Setting general goals such as improving your shooting percentage in basketball is easy but it becomes hard to determine how to go about…

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Playing Pressure Points

By Gloria B. Solomon
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Tennis is a game of momentum. When a player makes a dramatic shot at a critical time, the momentum is likely to be on his side. When an unforced error occurs, frustration mounts and momentum can shift…

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Cue Statements: Staying Focused at Critical Times

By Ryan Hedstrom
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Emily is a collegiate volleyball player. As a defensive specialist, she often receives serves and establishes the defensive plays for her team. She has recently struggled with losing concentration and…

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NCAA Swimmer Develops Mental Skills That Carry Her Beyond Olympic Medal

By The Association for Applied Sport Psychology Public Relations Office
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Western Kentucky University graduate Claire Donahue set many records as a swimmer for her NCAA Division I school. Today she is a member of the USA Swimming team competing internationally, as well as…

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