Mental Game Coaches And How They Help The Pros
Why do so many athletes neglect their mental game?
Why would you spend so much time developing your physical skills and scrimmaging yet neglect the one part of the game that impacts performance the most… the mental side of the game?
Olympic athletes have consulted with Mental Game Coaches and Sport Psychologists for decades.
Even the professional ranks have followed suit acknowledging the importance of a strong mental game.
Recent statistics indicate that more than half of the 30 NBA teams have performance coaches on staff working full time or as consultants on call. Many other players have sought out sport psychology professionals on their own to deal with the mental rigors of the game.
Let’s see some of the specific reasons why some professional basketball players have sought out help from sport psychology professionals…
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace had difficulty relaxing, dealing on-court emotions and managing distractions off the court.
PEACE: “My [sport psychologist] helped me relax a lot. It’s so difficult to play. There’s so much emotion going on during the playoffs, and she helped me relax… I wouldn’t have been able to deal with certain things. I don’t think I would have been as effective in [Game 7 of the 2010 playoffs] without my psychologist.”
The Dallas Mavericks have had [sport] psychologist on staff for 15 years to improve player’s concentration during games, lessen the pressure player’s place on themselves and focus on developing their mental skills.
Mavericks power forward and 18-year veteran Dirk Nowitzki noted that working with a mental coach helped him focus on the process, minimize anxiety and develop the mental toughness needed to sustain a long career in a highly competitive league.
NOWITZKI: “[Working with the team Sport Psychologist] really helps the young guys. I mean he helped me when I was young.”
Antawn Jamison, who played for 16 years in the NBA, noted how a Sport Psychologist helped him communicate with his coach more effectively, manage distractions and deal with performance highs and lows.
JAMISON: “Dealing with being away from my family and friends, also not playing particularly well, not understanding where the coach is coming from… I had a lot going on. I had a guy who really was there for me to deal with the ups and downs; he was the team [sport] psychologist.”
Your (or your athletes’) mental game has a huge impact on how you play…
Learning how to focus, manage pressure, play more consistently, deal with distractions, improve confidence and develop mental toughness can help you raise your game to the next level.
It is undeniable the impact that a Mental Game Coach can have on improving your performance during games. Learn from the pros and commit to working on your mental game.
Tip for developing your mental game:
The first step to improving your mental game is to understand your strengths and weaknesses….
Review your performance in recent games… What are some mental skills you would like to improve? Confidence, focus, trust, composure and pregame mental preparation are examples.
Pick one area to work on in your mental game. For example, if you want to get better with letting go of mistakes, you would make of a list of the mistakes that upset you, your typical reaction to each mistake, and a new reaction to help you stay calm.
Learn all my strategies for improving your composure in competition… Check out The Composed Athlete CD and workbook program–one of the popular programs in The Confident Athlete Series…
Need help staying calm and composed in competition?
Check out The Composed Athlete CD and Workbook program which is a step-by-step system for gaining maximum emotional control and performing well especially under pressure.
You will learn a comprehensive system to uncover the key mental breakdowns that hold athletes back from maintaining composure.
The Composed Athlete is perfect for any athlete, coach, or parent who wants to learn or teach athletes how to stay cool, calm, and collected during crunch-time. Each copy comes with two premium bonuses that you can download immediately!
What are customers saying?
“Your response to the throwing problem in front of the coach covers so many situations in life…that is the beauty of playing sports…the life learning experiences. Keep up the good work…you are the best mental coach.”
~Bill Brennan, sports parent
Add More Value To Your Mental Training Programs!
This workbook series was designed for coaches and mental coaches to use with their athletes.
The Athlete’s Mental Edge workbooks complement your existing mental training program. Each of the 15 workbooks in the Athlete’s Mental Edge System teaches your athletes a specific mental skill to improve their performance.
For mental coaches, this system is ideal for between session education.
For sports coaches, you’ll be able to conduct 15 team seminars using the workbook system.
In the Athlete’s Mental Edge workbook system, you receive 15 easy-to-read, practical Mental Edge Workbooks on PDF, as well as 16 coaches’ game plan MP3 audio files.
What are coaches saying?
“I am impressed with the willingness and openness of Dr. Cohn to share all of his assets (intellectual, products, etc.) with the MGCP students. You have developed an incredible model/package for mental training. Even though we are paying for your service, you are passing on a legacy built on your contribution to the world of sports. Thank you for that.”
~Tony Melito, MGCP
Boost Your Self-Confidence And Focus With Expert Mental Game Coaching!
Master mental game coach Dr. Patrick Cohn can help you overcome your mental game issues with personal coaching.
You can work with Dr. Patrick Cohn himself in Orlando, Florida or via Skype, FaceTime, or telephone. Call us toll free at 888-742-7225 or contact us for more information about the different coaching programs we offer!
What are our students saying?
“To compete at the highest level and perform your best, athletes need to train both physically and mentally. Peak Performance Sports and Dr. Cohn’s programs can help any athlete or team improve mental toughness and perform at their peak.”
~David M. Oliver, ATC/L., CSCS