Mental Preparation to Improve Focus in Big Games Have you ever had one of those make it or break it moments in your athletic career? The big moment, where the season all comes down to one play or one event, is one of the greatest pressure moments you will ever experience. Think of what an athlete experiences in that one big moment... You spent preseason working on your endurance, speed … [Read more...] about Performing Well During Pressure Moments
Performing At Your Peak After a Bad Warm-Up A bad practice, right before a major competition... How in the world can you get back on track? How can you focus when this week was a disaster? This is an issue for many figure skaters... Several falls in practice or warm-up just before a major competition can mess with a skater’s head and interfere with their ability to focus in the … [Read more...] about Does a Bad Skating Practice Get Into Your Head?
Mental Strategies to Refocus During a Round Many distractions can hurt your focus in golf. Some of the most difficult to deal with are noise, hecklers or rude opponents. When you are setting up for a shot, standing over the ball or starting your swing, outside noise can throw off your swing. Outside noise could potentially break your focus, tense up your body and disrupt your … [Read more...] about How Golfers Can Refocus When Distracted
Maintaining Confidence After a Bad Performance Every athlete in every sport will have a bad performance. There are no exemptions from this rule... It is true for all athletes. Yes, it stinks... Yes, it is hard to take... And, yes, sometimes it happens at the most inopportune times... You can’t change that bad game, poor play, or shaky performance. That competition is in the past. What you … [Read more...] about How This Pro Bounces Back From a Bad Game
Adversity In Sports Cold weather can have a definite impact on the outcome of a game. Some athletes can play at a high level when temperatures are low and some players just can’t perform up to their standards when it’s cold or under other adverse conditions... Does your performance drop off when game conditions are not to your liking? Extreme temperatures add to the potential … [Read more...] about How To Perform Well Despite Tough Conditions
The Focused Sports Kid In "Sessions with Doc," Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your sports psychology and mental training questions about improving focus and concentration in young athletes. Visit Peaksports.com and click on contact us to submit your question for Dr. Cohn to answer in his mental game videocast or podcast. Do your young athletes tend to lose focus in competition? I'm going to give … [Read more...] about Concentration Tips for Sports Kids and Parents
Do You Get Distracted Easily During A Game? Do you get distracted and emotionally-charged when heckled by the opposition's fans? Are you distracted and taken out of your game when you perform in a hostile environment? All great athletes have developed their ability to focus in adverse conditions. The ability to cope with distractions when performing is a hallmark of elite … [Read more...] about How to Focus in Front of a Hostile Crowd
Have You Ever Been Intimidate by a Crowd? Do you lose your focus or composure when playing in opposing arenas with loud, vocal crowds? Have you ever been intimidate by a crowd? Maybe the opposing team had a reputation for excelling at their home site (home field advantage) or the opposing crowd was unusually loud... You probably felt uncomfortable and nervous even before the competition … [Read more...] about How To Perform Well Despite A Hostile Crowd
Do You Feel Pressure When Golfing? Do you become overwhelmed by pressure situations on the golf course? When the game is on the line, are you able to stay calm and focused or does fear and anxiety well up within you? Think of a moment when you needed to make a shot at a critical time of a tournament... Were you able to maintain your focus? Pressure situations can cause a flood of worry … [Read more...] about How Rose Regained His Focus To Win
In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question from a racer who becomes distracted by life's hassles. Dr. Cohn helps him stay focused on his sport and let go of other distractions. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your … [Read more...] about Do Life’s Hassles Distract You in Sports?