Creating a Plan for Improvement Harsh criticism hurts an athlete but the effect of harsh criticism is doubled when it comes from within the athlete's mind. Harsh self-criticism is the quickest way to shatter confidence. Many times, athletes describe themselves as being their own biggest critic. This mindset is viewed by some in a positive light meaning that this type of athlete pushes to … [Read more...] about How to Stop Being Self-Critical of Your Game
You are More than just an Athlete “Sports is my whole life.” “I live for racing.” “Eat. Sleep. Swim.” Have you ever uttered similar phrases during your athletic career? Too many athletes define themselves based on their sport. They derive self-worth primarily from their sport. And surround themselves with like-minded teammates who are the source of social interaction. When an … [Read more...] about How a Balanced Life Can Help Your Performance
How to Focus on the Court In this week’s sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers mental game questions in Sessions With Doc. This week’s question is: Do you struggle in the game with distractions? Listen to Dr. Cohn’s new podcast to find out what he teaches athletes about mental strategies to help you focus better in the game.: … [Read more...] about Improve Concentration for Basketball
How Athletes can be Mentally Tough What have you done to get an edge over your competition? Athletes have tried all sorts of things to improve performance: supplements, new recovery regimens, athletic diets, improved training methods, increased practice sessions and mental toughness training. All these things can aid athletic performance but there is only one that gives you an edge in … [Read more...] about Mental Toughness in Pressure Situations
Learn to Loosen up on the Court In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers mental game questions in Sessions With Doc. This week's question is: Are you a basketball player that often plays too tight in your game? Listen to Dr. Cohn's new podcast to find out what he teaches athletes in the mental coaching program: Download a … [Read more...] about Playing Too Tight in the Basketball Game
Can Nervousness Lead to Choking? Are you an athlete who get overly nervous? Some athletes believe they cannot be successful when they feel nervous, but this might not be the case. Nervous athletes feel like “this is who I am” and believe there is nothing they can do to control their nervousness. So they enter competitions feeling excessively nervous, perform excessively tight and under … [Read more...] about Are you Nervous in Competition?
Be More Decisive and Think Less on the Basketball Court In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers mental game questions in Sessions With Doc. This week's question is: Do you struggle with overthinking and playing indecisive on the basketball court? Listen to Dr. Cohn's new podcast to find out what he teaches athletes in the mental … [Read more...] about How to Stop Overthinking in Basketball
How to Take Advantage of Home-Field Advantage Home-Field advantage, does it exist or is it just a myth? Many sports teams compete hard all year long to gain home advantage in the playoffs… Gymnasts feel they have an edge over the competition when competing in the facility where they train… Basketball players feel that they feed off their fans when playing on their home-court… Baseball … [Read more...] about Home-Field Advantage: A Blessing or Curse?
What is a Goal? Going into a competitive season with realistic goals adds motivation, direction and purpose for an athlete. Going into a competitive season with excessively high expectations adds pressure, anxiety and distraction for an athlete. Throw adversity into the equation, things change drastically. First, let’s examine exactly what goals are and how adversity affects the … [Read more...] about Expectations vs. Goals for Athletes
How to Use Pregame "Nerves" to your Advantage Many athletes have misconceptions about the effects of pregame “nerves” before competition sport. *Misconception 1: Elite athletes are NEVER nervous. *Misconception 2: It's the total lack of nerves that cause elite athletes to be successful. *Misconception 3: Elite athletes are born with the capacity to remain 100 percent calm even in the … [Read more...] about Pregame Nerves Facts and Fiction