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Meditation Has Power In Sports

Meditation Has Power In Sports

We have written before here about the power of visualization for athletes, and that’s certainly a form of meditation. You could think of it in vague terms, as simply forming a goal in your mind’s eye and thinking of it now and then. But true visualization means the ability to block out everything else and focus solely on a goal or purpose until you can see yourself achieving it. It’s actually a fairly complex mental maneuver, and when done successfully it can greatly benefit athletes. In this piece we’ll look a little more broadly at the idea of meditation […]

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For the Love of Kids

The purpose of the following article is to express my beliefs related to the importance and value of promoting the development of positive self-esteem in children at home, in schools, through sports and in every walk of life. I will attempt to show the significance of positive coaching and parenting in developing happy, confident, successful and fulfilled individuals who are capable of reaching higher levels of human potential. I recently published the book, “Hockey, Kids & Positive Coaching”, an inspiring story about a young boy whose love for the game of hockey is affected by the pressures placed on […]

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Focusing Through Environmental Stressors: Part Two

Part two: You Are What You Think Have you ever heard the saying: “You are what you say you are?” This is the idea that you become what you believe by attracting what you think? For a more clinical explanation search: “Self-fulfilling prophecy” and the “Law of Attraction”. Anyway, back to the idea that you are what you think. According to this in order to be successful you must see yourself as successful, need that be believing you will get that promotion, hit that ball out of the park, drive that hole in one, or find your soul mate. […]

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The Playing Zone: Space And Time

The concept of the playing zone is very simple to grasp, essentially it’s a room inside the mind, but the question is this, what does this room thrive on? Essentially its space and time and the more space and time the zone has, the better it works. The playing zone loves simplicity and it works best with less and this is why focusing on a few key skills and doing them well becomes very important to the process. Don’t get me wrong, one must up skill to become better, though the reason one up skills is that it makes […]

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Why Sport Psychology Deserves More Respect

Why Sport Psychology Deserves More Respect

I’m coming to the end of what has turned out to be a three-week international tour of sport psychology. During my trips, I have worked with athletes and coaches from the U.S., Australia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Russia in Argentina, California, Oregon, and Switzerland. One question that has emerged during my travels involves the role of mental preparation in athletic development. But before I get to that question, let me provide some back story. Whenever I speak to athletes and coaches, I ask them how important the mind is to sport success. With few exceptions, the response is that the […]

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Focusing Through Environmental Stressors

Focusing Through Environmental Stressors

Part 1: Clean, Clear, Controlled Environment  Control your environment, do not let your environment control you. It is that easy, remember to set good boundaries in as many areas as you need help with. Start with what you put in your body and your home environment. Food: Don’t bring the crappy food into your house. You buy it you will eat it! Make a list of the foods that are healthy and clean and hopefully whole and fresh, and go shopping for it after you’ve eaten. Keep your home stocked with these items all the time. If you do […]

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The Most Powerful Tool You Will Ever Own

It’s pretty simple actually- it’s your ability to create Mental Imagery, it’s your Mind. The ability to see success, need that be hitting one out of the ball park or that hole in one. If you cannot see what you desire to happen in your performance it will not be. Simply put- IT WILL NOT BE. The relationship of mental and physical performance is simply outstanding when coupled with consistent practice. When you combine realistic and healthy mental imagery and physical practice it is a recipe for success. Once a player learns to control their metal imagery then that […]

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Sport Psychology Research Methods: Qualitative vs Quantitative

Qualitative and Quantitative Qualitative and quantitative research methods are two commonly used psychological research approaches with very different procedures and objectives. It is important for researchers to understand the differences between these two modes of research in order to determine which approach is best suited to adequately address the research question. The greatest distinctions between these two fundamentally different research techniques are the genesis of theory and the role that theory plays in the mechanics of research. In the quantitative technique, the research effort begins with a theory: a statement that tries to explain observed phenomena. The theory is […]

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