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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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Crafting a Winning Mindset (Even if You Only Have 10 Minutes)

Crafting a Winning Mindset (Even if You Only Have 10 Minutes)

It’s game time. The pressure’s on. You’ve set your goals, visualized the outcome you want, and the clock is ticking. Whether you’re a distance athlete, a teammate, or an Olympic weightlifter, you already know the importance of mental preparation when it comes to crushing your athletic goals. But, you also know that adequate mental preparation is no simple feat. Goal-setting, visualization, and crafting that perfect mindset all take serious work, just like perfecting your sport. Luckily, when you know the most efficient process, and you dedicate yourself wholeheartedly for just 10 minutes, you can build a winning mindset that’ll […]

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Cycling is All About Mental Toughness

Cycling is All About Mental Toughness

If bike racing is all about who can suffer the most, then asking your body to work beyond the point of comfort in order to stay with a lead group becomes a requirement. Like the pistons of a car motor, your legs must continue moving up and down to push the pedals while your mind ignores the cry of your muscles to stop. Despite your heart pounding and moving up into your throat, your mind has to ignore your body’s pleas and continue sending signals to keep working at that same level of effort. Your mind is the key […]

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Mental Training in Sports and Subjective Well-Being

Mental Training, which refers to mental skills and techniques used in sports, is viewed as one of the most important aspects  in  development successful athletes. Most coaches consider sport to be at least 50% mental when competing against an opponent of similar ability. Certain sports (e.g., golf, tennis and figure skating) are consistently viewed as 80% to 90% mental (Weinberg & Gould 2015). Followed by Vealey (2007)  the objective of mental training is to assist sport participants in the development of mental skills to achieve performance success and personal well-being. However, there is little consensus on key components of […]

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Eliminate Performance Anxiety

The Importance of Engaging in Self-Talk and Mental Imagery A normal component of participating in sports is feeling nervous before a competition. However, there is no need to get nervous. This is just your mind trying to control your thoughts. Your mind is a powerful component of your body. Make proper use of it. If you think positively, you will have positive results. If you think negatively, you will have negative results. This article will explore ways to eliminate performance anxiety for athletes. Self-Talk To eliminate performance anxiety, try engaging in self-talk, affirmations or positive self-statements. Try telling yourself […]

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The Mental Game of Running

Is Running a Mental Game or a Physical Game? Running is based on strength and endurance. It requires a lot of training and commitment to perform at your best. However, is running an entirely physical game? It can be argued that running is a mental game. My cross country coach in high school running would always say “Long Distance Running is 10% physical and 90% mental.” In my opinion, I agree with my coach. I would say running is a mental game as opposed to a physical game. This article will describe why running is a mental game as […]

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When Athletes are Afraid of Failure in Sports

Athletes have a tendency to be afraid of one factor of sports. That is failure. Failure can be scary, overwhelming, and also intimidating. However, it is something that athletes have to face in their careers in order to succeed and accomplish their goals. This article will describe why it is important to not be afraid of failure. You Will Only Be Average You cannot be afraid to fail in competitive sports. If you are afraid of failure you are never going to reach your peak potential in your particular sport. You will only be average.To be the best or […]

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Unlocking the Minds of Athletes E20: Michael Edger

Unlocking the Minds of Athletes E20: Michael Edger

Unlocking the Minds of Athletes Podcast by Isaac Byrd Elite Mental Training     This podcast is designed to detail how sports psychologist and the best athletes on the planet work together to create a mental framework for mental toughness and peak performance. Hosted by Isaac Byrd (@isaacbyrd), a NFL veteran. Each episodes brings you an interview with a sports psychologist or a mental-game coach who shares their journey, struggles, successes, pre and in-game mental techniques, teaching principles and much more. At the end of each episode, each sports psychologist enters THE TRAINING ROUND. In the Training Round, each […]

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Bully Coaching: Anger Is Not The Problem

Coaches usually coach the way they were coached and unfortunately, not enough people understand that fear does not work longitudinally as a motivational strategy (anymore than having athletes run sprints for punishment does – you want to change an athlete’s attitude, take away their opportunity to play). Having worked with athletes and coaches with he widest array of anger problems for twenty years, I can tell you that this problem is no better now than then. Thankfully, more people are talking about it…but not enough parents and leagues are removing abusive coaches from the opportunity to influence kids. Anger […]

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