Maintain Confidence during a Performance Drought A drought or a slump… that is the question. The distinction between these two terms will determine how quickly you break through when you are not having your best athletic performances. When athletes label a couple of bad performances as a “slump,” they imply that it as a long-lasting problem. These athletes enter a competition with the … [Read more...] about Drought or Slump? Getting Back on Track
Archives for March 2019
Visualization Skills for Athletes Being focused in the present moment is essential for athletic performance, but many athletes struggle with maintaining this type of focus, especially after making mistakes. Often athletes make faulty predictions based on past outcomes. These faulty predictions are accompanied by negative images where the athlete sees themselves messing up in their next game … [Read more...] about How to Improve your Visualization Skills
Do you need to loosen up during Basketball games? In “Sports Psychology Sessions with Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers sports psychology questions from athletes, parents and coaches. Visit Sports Psychology for Athletes at Peaksports.com and click on contact us to submit your mental game questions for Dr. Cohn to answer in his mental game videocast or podcast. Do you struggle throughout the … [Read more...] about How to Stop Playing too Tight in Basketball
The Importance of Having a Plan B ‘Expect the unexpected’ is a notion that is good in theory but rarely put into action by athletes. The unexpected happens all the time in competition but rarely are athletes prepared to deal with it. Many athletes train and practice expecting to perform under ideal conditions but, when things go slightly wrong, it can generate so much anxiety and ruin … [Read more...] about Anticipation and Mental Preparation
Athletes who Feel Pressure This is a question each athlete needs to ask themselves. You can think of many triggers that can add to the pressure of competitive sports. For some athletes, the feel pressure from excessively high expectations for themselves. Some athletes feel added pressure due to their perfectionist mentality. Some athletes feel pressure to perform due to perceived … [Read more...] about How to Overcome Pressure
Sources of Motivation for Athletes Are you (or your athletes) motivated by getting your name in the newspaper? Are you motivated by receiving the MVP award at the end-of-the-year team banquet? These sources of motivation are referred to as extrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation refers to actions that are driven by external rewards such as money, trophies, acclaim, gifts, praise, awards, … [Read more...] about What Motivates Athletes?
Having Confidence in Your Skills Mental blocks are often the most frustrating hurdles for an athlete to encounter. The thing that makes mental blocks so challenging and irritating is that you know how to perform a skill… You know you have the ability to perform the skill and… You know you have successfully performed the skill in the past. To illustrate mental blocks, let’s first examine … [Read more...] about Overcoming Mental Blocks in Competition