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Mental Preparation & Team Culture Count in SuperBowl XLVIII

March 3, 2014
Mental Preparation & Team Culture Count in SuperBowl XLVIII

By Matt Long, M.A., M.Ed.                                                                   Photo: Peter Yang As fans here in Denver struggle to pick up the pieces after a heartbreaking...
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Core Principles in Positive Coaching

January 27, 2014
Dominik's All-Star Team 2006

Positive Coaching Alliance Founder – Jim Thompson’s TED Talk Some of the most important and innovative educational initiatives have come out of Stanford University.  Jim Thompson’s founding of the Positive Coaching Alliance is one of the best – and – it has the power to impact every youth sport athlete playing today by reinforcing...
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How to Help When Athletes Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem

July 7, 2013
How to Help When Athletes Develop a Drug or Alcohol Problem

by Tess Young Editor’s note:  This article is somewhat unsual for Podium, although Andrew Dieden’s post The Cause as Well as the Cure helped our readers have a stronger grasp of those things that contribute to addictive disease.  No one close to sports would begin to suggest that this problem is not a significant...
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Brainspotting & Pitchers: Coach’s Experience with “the Yips” in Batting Practice

July 7, 2013
Brainspotting & Pitchers: Coach’s Experience with “the Yips” in Batting Practice

by Earl Poteet, MSW, LCSW (Author’s Note: Although I have written two previous descriptions of Brainspotting work that I have done with baseball players for Podium Sports Journal, I thought it beneficial to have the reader get a perspective from both my viewpoint as a sports psychotherapist, and from the athlete. While the coach...
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3 Mental Game Lessons from the US Open at Merion Golf Club

July 6, 2013
3 Mental Game Lessons from the US Open at Merion Golf Club

photo courtesy of media.philly.com  Lessons From Merion by Matt Long, MA, MEd “I’ll tell you about these (U.S.) Opens, they get tougher and tougher on the mental side.  You keep remembering the mistakes you made in the past that cost you an Open title.  I guess you keep trying too hard.” -Sam Snead, PGA...
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Lost Time from Injury – Attitude for Recovery, Attitude for Life

January 25, 2013
Lost Time from Injury – Attitude for Recovery, Attitude for Life

by Dr. Stephen Walker – Editor-in-Chief - Podium Sports Journal No one ever wants to go there.  No one wants to see it happen.  As brutal and grueling as sport is there is one huge likelihood….and that is that we will experience injury.  Hopefully, it is just a ding…sprain…bruise…contusion…bug…or require a simple brace, ice...
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From Driving Range to the Course: How to Create a Reliable Golf Game

January 5, 2013
From Driving Range to the Course: How to Create a Reliable Golf Game

Consistent with other Posts on Podium – this article helps define mental training skills and priorities in being able to practice with a purpose and take those skills onto the field of play, in this case, the golf course.  Matt does a great job emphasizing the key elements to accomplishing just that.  Enjoy! –...
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Togetherness Wins Championships: Keys to Foster Team Cohesion

December 20, 2012
Togetherness Wins Championships: Keys to Foster Team Cohesion

by Matt Long, MA, MEd, and Stephen Walker, PhD “What wins championships?” Kobe Bryant: “Togetherness.  Finding a way to play that maximizes each other’s talents.  It’s not about speed, it’s not about athleticism.”              Kobe Bryant knows a little bit about winning championships.  With five NBA titles under his belt and two Olympic gold...
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Visualization & Mental Skills for Injury Recovery

July 28, 2012
Visualization & Mental Skills for Injury Recovery

Part One in the Series – Using the Body Report by John Beeby If you want get straight down to using the techniques jump to the ‘Techniques’ section below. For a little more background read the Introduction first…… Introduction From the outset, research and practice around the use of mental imagery or visualization in...
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Positive Psychology Enhances Coaching & Athlete Productivity

February 28, 2012
Positive Psychology Enhances Coaching & Athlete Productivity

Shawn Achor has been an innovator and key promoter of the principles in Positive Psychology.  As a researcher in this arena for the past 10 years, the results are gaining traction in numerous fields – but none need it more than in the field of coaching education.  Old school methodology, and hard-nosed tough guy...
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Mental Preparation & Team Culture Count in SuperBowl XLVIII

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