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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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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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A Campaign Against Bully Coaching

In response to the comments and concerns shared by our readers we are launching a campaign against bully coaching and bullying in sports. To the overwhelming number of athletes and parents in dire need of assistance, you are not alone. As professionals and members of the sports community it is our responsibility to protect the youth sports experience and the universal privileges of participating in youth sports. This movement is long overdue. When the system fails our youth due to bush league politics everyone loses. Members of the youth sports community and education system who jeopardize the well-being of […]

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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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Sports Parents Make Calculated Risk Decisions

It’s intriguing that my children are not only allowed, but encouraged to climb trees, while other children I know are forbidden to climb trees. I’ve asked parents why they don’t let their children climb trees. They’ve told me they are afraid their children will get hurt. You have to understand, when I’m talking about trees, I’m talking about small trees in our neighborhood with adult supervision. I’m not talking about 80 foot trees in wooded areas were there’s no supervisions. My children have been encouraged to take calculated risks that are physical in nature. They have spent their childhood […]

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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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Sport Psychology Research Methods: Qualitative vs Quantitative

Qualitative and quantitative research methods are the most commonly used psychological research approaches in sport psychology. Each approach has a unique purpose with very different procedures and objectives. It is important for sport psychology scholars to understand the differences between these two modes of research in order to determine which approach is best suited to adequately address a specific research question. The greatest distinctions between these two fundamentally different 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 […]

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Challenges, Threats and Stress in Sports

The one constant across all disciplines of competitive sport is that of stress. Athletes are continuously placed under copious amounts of stress, yet are still expected to perform at a high level. We would not be hard pressed to come up with examples of athlete who have ‘frozen’ or ‘choked’ under pressure, and have not liven up to the high expectations. Nevertheless, at the same time there are athletes whose performance is not impaired, who succeed despite the pressure all around them. In order to help explain this difference, it has got to be understood that stress is not […]

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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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Outcome Goals vs Process Goals

Outcome Goals vs Process Goals – Which is better? Generally speaking, your goals will fit into one of two categories; outcome goals, and process goals. Loosely defined, outcome goals are a result you’d like to achieve, and process goals as the processes you will need to repeatedly follow to achieve that result. For an athlete this might be represented by an outcome goal of making the team, and a process goal of competing your hardest every possession. But the question remains, which is better? Are you better off concentrating on outcome goals or process goals? The truth is, both […]

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