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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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The Mindset of a Rugby Player

The Mindset of a Rugby Player

Renowned for being tough and resilient, many can be forgiven for thinking that rugby players do not need a grasp of sports psychology in order to succeed. However, by implementing sports psychology tactics, rugby players can overcome setbacks such as injuries and match-day defeats. Training Well Unfortunately, training the mind is often neglected by many athletes. However, when rugby players train their mind, their bodies will follow. If they feel that they are weaker than their opponents, they will not train as well. This is because they will not see the value in training if they feel that they […]

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Sports Psychology Article Submissions

Mental Edge Athletics is now accepting article submissions from athletes, parents, coaches, students, and professionals for publication on Sport Psychology Today.  Articles are to focus on an area of expertise (sports parent, athlete, coach, professional interests) relating to sport psychology and the mental game.  Upon publication articles will be categorized under the authors’ area of expertise. Every article will be published with the authors name and contact information (optional). Each month one article selected will be highlighted and featured in the Article Showcase where authors have the opportunity to list a profile for reference, and work with Mental Edge […]

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Feedback in Athletic Coaching – Part 2

Feedback in Athletic Coaching: Is Educating Coaches the Missing Link? Researchers have identified several other feedback techniques as useful in coaching. Carol Dweck is a proponent of effort feedback. Effort feedback involves teaching individuals to attribute their failures or lack of success to low effort. This type of feedback also allows the coach to make an association between working hard and success. The result is often more effort. The connections being made in effort feedback can increase motivation, self-efficacy, and proficiency (Schunk, 2003). “Spotlighting Strengths” or noticing athletes’ strengths that they or the team take for granted is an […]

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Feedback in Athletic Coaching – Part 1

Feedback in Athletic Coaching: Is Educating Coaches the Missing Link? There is extensive research in the area of feedback in athletics that is of tremendous practical value to coaches.  However, coaches are not being educated in the theories of feedback nor are they implementing skills that have been discovered by researchers, psychologists, and sports scientists.  In the business world, research and development laboratories pass on this knowledge to professionals to further their companies.  In the world of athletics, qualified sports psychologists and fellow coaches qualified in the area of feedback must pass on this knowledge by presenting research and […]

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How The Zone Works

The biggest thing with the playing zone is most don’t understand the principles of how it works so therefore it’s still a magical thing to them though three things it requires is: Discipline Simplicity Repetition And guess what repels needy people. If one understands the playing zone you require discipline and simplicity If how understands how the brain works and improves skill you require repetition And you can’t get into the playing zone if you’re team is full of needy people. I define a needy person as someone wanting negative attention and indulges in disruptive behaviour to get it. […]

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How to Develop Analytical Minds in Junior Tennis Players

How to Develop Analytical Minds in Junior Tennis Players

Jamie had been battling hard in the Semi- finals of his County tennis Championship but to no avail he lost 7-5, 7-5. Jamie came off court dejected and visibly upset, his coach said all the right things starting with all of Jamie’s positives and then gently moved on to areas needing improvement. Before he finished he asked Jamie one question ‘what hand did your opponent play with?’ Jamie look confused by the question and after some thought answered ‘I don’t know’. It became apparent Jamie had played a two hour match and not even observed his opponent’s dominant hand. […]

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Instilling a Championship Mindset

Coaches and captains must support team confidence to be a  championship caliber team. This means instilling a strong belief in their team’s ability to be successful and obtain team goals. Coaches should start by meeting with the team in the off-season and/or preseason to discussing team goals. To get team captains involved have them write down each team goals discussed. Some of the goals can be to finish first in your conference, to play your playoff games at home, to finish the season as champions. Save the goals your captains recorded and use them a chart or bulletin board […]

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Consistency In Team Selection

Consistency in a positive way is what every athlete wants to achieve. There are not many things in sport that are more annoying than when you play great one week and then the next week your performance drastically dips. You could have prepared all week in exactly the same way as you did the previous week but for some reason your performance was completely different. This difference could be the environmental factors that you have no control over. As an athlete you can only control what you are doing. The environment is unpredictable and you cannot control what the […]

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