We’ve all heard them… the parents who pull their children aside and tell the children not to follow a coach’s instruction. Have you heard of the parents who criticize a child’s performance? Not only are these parents actually hindering their child’s potential, but they are [...]
Even young athletes have heard about now retired, tennis player, John McEnroe. His emotional outbursts on the tennis courts were classic – yelling at officials, smashing tennis racquets, stopping his feet, and throwing tantrums. McEnroe is the classic example of a perfectionist athlete [...]
It’s natural to feel butterflies, jittery or beads of sweat on your forehead when you’re anxious during a performance. Even professional athletes experience physical anxiousness. However, top athletes have learned how to control their mental anxiety to improve performance.
During the presidential elections in 2008 it was interesting to see how each candidate dealt with adversity. Some opted to withdraw from the race, other persevered on and undeterred by the experience.
Adversity among athletes is much like these elections. Some athletes crack under the [...]
Top athletes are successful because they have discovered what it takes to trust in themselves. They have developed and refined the confidence that strengthens their physical and technical skills.
One of the methods used by top athletes is to keep track of their successes. For example: [...]
In sports, goals are important to achieving new levels of success. However, these necessary goals can sometimes be a detriment if an athlete focuses too much on the goal, especially when under stress.
For example, a basketball player who knows she must make a shot to win the game in the [...]
All athletes strive to get the win. They train and practice hoping that refining physical and technical skills will ultimately increase the potential to win and defeat competitors. With each practice, the odds of success increase, or do they?
For some athletes the fear of success can [...]
Fear of failure is one of the many mental obstacles which can impact athletic performance. It is characterized by the following:
An avoidance of risks. (E.g. plays conservatively, tries to protect score, etc.)
A strong concern about what others think about him/her or his or her [...]
Celebrations in sports are usually remembered as cheers, wins and championship trophies. However, every day is an opportunity for you, an athlete, to celebrate your accomplishments.
It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine of practice and competition. You may go about your [...]
Every athlete wants to know the secret to gain a competitive advantage. Some will spend endless hours studying his or her competition to understand flaws or strengths in play, performance or routines. Others will practice until he or she is exhausted.
The best athletes [...]