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It is a given that the mind and body are intrinsically connected. As a general rule of thumb: If one feels crummy, the other follows. If one feels great, the other does too. When the body experiences a lot of physical and psychological stress (a sports season being one example), it wears quite...

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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: #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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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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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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Breathing exercise #1

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-You may very well feel like this is a waste of time. -You will probably worry if you are doing it wrong and judge yourself. -You may feel stupid for spending time doing something so simple. -You may feel more anxious at first because you will be more aware of your inner thoughts and feelings. ...
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Take a vacation!

Vacations can give us time for self-reflection, which is good but can also unlock feelings of being unproductive or stir up old emotions that are easier to ignore in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Back in the day, I hated taking days off. I thought it was boring.  And I never...

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Coaching passion

For coaches....

Close your eyes, take a deep breath and think about one of your earliest memories of basketball. Think of a time when you were a little girl or little boy playing on a playground by your house, shooting hoops with your dad or your sister or a neighborhood friend. Remember how much...

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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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