Case Study: Niagara Women’s Basketball

Before mental training

Not long ago, the coaches of Niagara University's Women's Basketball team, including Head Coach Kendra Faustin and Assistant Coach Corinne Jones, felt their program had untapped potential.

In 2013, they knew they wanted to make a change in their team’s collective...

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What's your athletes' THING? - The fart smeller and other NFL stories

I once heard from an NFL coach that each player in the NFL has their "thing" they rely on.

‘Honestly, Lindsey,’ one of them confided, ‘you could come into our facility and I could tell everyone that you were my professional fart sniffer; you smell my farts to make sure my...

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Keeping it real, keeping it fun: A de-stressing action plan

Joy isn’t elusive

The new school year is just around the corner and, with it, come a variety of stresses for students: events, schoolwork, and a tougher homework load. For some, even one of those words can incite a domino effect of anxieties. Throw them together and you’ve...

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Is It good stress or bad stress? - 3 ways to tell

There are examples all around us. Two NFL coaches collapsing in a single weekend last fall. The Rutgers men’s coach ‘snapping’. Women’s basketball coaches being downed by health issues in recent years.

It’s enough to stress you out

While it’s easy to point to...

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Stress: Control it or it will control you - A simple mental workout to balance body (and mind)

If you don't think your anxiety and stress impact your physical health, think again." - Kris Carr

In our previous article—Coaches: Are You Good Stressed or Bad Stressed?—we described the difference between distress and eustress, and then listed three ways you could tell if you were...

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Why your goal setting fails - Do this instead

Thanks to http://www.entrepreneur.com/ for posting this video on youtube

We all want to achieve more in life - being a better coach, winning a championship, reducing stress, making more money, etc.

How do you get there? Typically, we start by goal setting. We figure out what we...

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Performance killers: Not managing athletes' arousal levels

We talk with a lot of coaches about inconsistency. In fact, I’d go so far to say this is the #1 issue that we’ve seen this year. As an athlete, I remember being frustrated with my team’s and my own inconsistency. We’d often ask ourselves:

  • Why would we play great one half...
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How to axe athlete anxiety

Can your team handle the pressure?

Athlete Anxiety is one of the primary causes of performance mishaps, especially when the game is on the line. Regardless of what sport you coach, once the competition begins, it is up to the athletes. You’ve spent months, maybe years training them....

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Depression and Athletes: A Coaches Guide

The suicide of Robin Williams (and other great talents over the last years) is a frank reminder of how devastating depression can be. Depression doesn't care about how successful you are, how much people like you, or how great an athlete you are. It sneaks up on people, and most of us never...

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The #1 overlooked way to assess your players this preseason

Wouldn’t you love to know:

  • Which of your players lost their first touches due to nerves rather than technique?
  • Which of your players were more focused on the opponent rather than playing her role?
  • Which of your players spent more time thinking about your reaction to her mistakes rather...
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