Recruiting Tip: Leverage mental training

One of our clients, a Head Coach, asked me the other day, what role I saw for mental training in recruiting; Did i think it could be used to help attract better recruits?

Oh boy, did I! That question took me right back to my own recruiting experience.

Of course, coaches and athletic directors...

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Top 5 reasons to visualize: #2 Controls emotions

Controlling emotions is one of the most important aspects to mental training: staying calm under pressure, reacting appropriately to adversity, getting hyped for competition, ignoring unhelpful emotions in the heat of the moment. These are all CRITICAL parts of our performance. Even the Navy...

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Top 5 Reasons to visualize: #3 Improves skill

Practice visualizing your sports skills without physical impact and your brain will trigger the same muscle patterns as if you were actually performing the skill. Neuromuscular science is proving that visualization can actually affect your nervous system in the same way the actual movement does....

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Sleep!

Athletes need a lot of sleep

I was no exception. And, as a high school and collegiate athlete, two really strong memories always pop up: Being hungry and being tired. As an athlete, my days were long (6AM-6PM) so I was always struggling to get enough food and sleep.

Sleep was the most...

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Top 5 Reasons to visualize: #5 Resolves stagnation

Sometimes athletes hit a plateau and stop improving the way that they want. This can be frustrating and lead to some very negative and unproductive mindsets. When an athlete is working hard physically and still not improving, the reason is usually mental. Visualization can help athletes work...

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Top 5 reasons to visualize: #4 Helps injuries

Visualization can help injuries in the following ways:

  • speeds recovery from injury (or post workout recovery):

In a study done by Achterberg and Mark S. Rider (Dossey, Meaning and Medicine, 167), researchers measured the effects of visualization in altering the immune system. The subjects...

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Top 5 reasons to visualize: #1 Builds confidence

In these 5 blog posts we will talk about how visualization helps program the subconscious brain to be successful. The first reason to use visualization is: 1-    Builds confidence: visualizing success in your training or racing and you can subconsciously improve your belief in your...

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Mental toughness issue #5: Inconsistent confidence

It is a rare athlete that maintains their confidence after a bad game. Most athletes, at every level, feel great after a great game and bad after a bad game. Their confidence in themselves as a player, or even as a human being is completely contingent on the most recent results. This can...

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Sink or Swim

There’s a sink-or-swim mentality floating on athletes’ minds. There’s no question that, when competition time comes around, “Survival of the Fittest” accurately describes how athletes view the importance of the game and their involvement in it. Either they ‘get...

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Now is the time!

Let’s face it, most seasons end in disappointment with a loss or some kind of unfinished business. The silver lining in all this is that disappointment can be a powerful motivator. But it can also be crushing.

Some teams grow, some crumble. Much of this has to do with an individual’s...

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