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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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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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5 Strategies to stop losing to weaker opponents

 

  • Learn why athlete's often 'play down' to an inferior opponent and the psychological component to 'challenges'
  • Positive Performance’s President, Lindsey Wilson, shares her personal experience in how she kept her drive when up against an inferior team.
  • What you can do...
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What is Mental Performance Training?

Envision a well-respected women’s program that wins an early exhibition game. They look good. They have a ton of talent. But the coach wants more: more focus, more toughness, more… something.

Like many college players, these young women have seen success. But they also struggle with...

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Mental Toughness issue #2: Motivation

Hopefully most of your athletes are highly motivated individuals. They’ve worked hard to get where they are and are willing to do the work to continue to be successful. You might have to occasionally help motivate them but for the most part, they work pretty hard. This is probably due to...

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Culture change

Sometimes what a program really needs is a total and complete culture change. Whether you are a new coaching staff trying to shift the mindset of your whole program, your whole athletic department, your whole university or you've been frustrated with a team that just accepts being mediocre and...

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Mental Toughness issue #3: Perfectionism

Many athletes want to be perfect. They want every shot to go in, every pitch to be a hit, every serve to be an ace. Letting go of being perfect is difficult for them to do. They think it means failure, they think it means a slippery slope of eventually being mediocre.

Sure we want our athletes to...

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NFL kickers

I know I know. The kickers have been losing the games. They’ve also won quite a few but no one really wants to talk about that. If there is one thankless job in the world, it’s the football field goal kicker, especially an NFL one.

No I’m not asking you to feel sorry for them. I...

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Mental Toughness issue #4: Pressure

The thing about athletics is this: Everyone is watching. Whether you play professionally and on television or in your local golf tournament. Whether there are 15,000 people in the stands or 5, you are performing in public. This can add a great deal of pressure to a situation. No one really wants...

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Injury - The mental side

Being sidelined affects the mind just as much as the injured body part

It’s truly a marvel of modern science that we have so many different ways to reduce injuries, minimize their effect, speed up recovery, rehabilitate after trauma and generally allow an athlete to compete with injuries...

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