Why Visualization Is Overrated How do You Cope with Nerves? What do you or your athletes do when feeling nervous or scared before competition? Naturally, you want to relax so you can feel less nervous or tight, right? You or your athletes might use breathing, stretching, and mental rehearsal to cope better with pressure moments in competition. But is this approach working for … [Read more...] about Why Relaxation and Visualization Doesn’t Work for Athletes
Archives for August 2013
In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question from a parent of a racer whose child does well at a local level and does poorly at a national level because of his worries about the other competitors. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that … [Read more...] about How To Perform Well When Worried about the Competition
Dr. Patrick Cohn, golf psychology expert and author of the "Golfer's Mental Edge" CD program, teaches amateur to tour professional golfers how to improve their mental game of golf using golf psychology strategies developed over the last 20 years of his career. In this week's golf psychology session, mental game of golf expert and author of The Mental Game of Golf, Dr. Cohn, answers a question … [Read more...] about How To Simulate The Pressure of Competition in Training
Do You Worry About What Coach and Parents Think? Many athletes we work with on the mental game worry too much about what others think about them. These athletes have a desire for approval from others, such as teammates, coaches, parents, and friends. If you (or your athletes) want to please others, you have a need to be admired, accepted, respected, or liked by other athletes, coaches, or … [Read more...] about Do You Compete to Gain Others’ Approval?
How to Perform in the Zone How often do you or your athletes perform in the “the zone”? What is the zone? The zone is simply a mental state of total focus in the present moment. We call this being “immersed” as it indicates you don’t worry about outcomes or are not distracted when you perform. You trust your skills and react without worry, doubt, or fear about results. The important … [Read more...] about Mindsets to Help Athletes Perform in the Zone