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How to achieve the "Flow State" in Athletics and Life

October 1, 2010

By: Phil Del Vecchio III, M.A. Truthfully, the concept of Flow, in and of itself, is a paradoxical state of mind.  The concept has elicited detailed descriptions and analyses, yet “it” (that is the Flow state) is experienced as a fleeting moment in time. “Flow” is a state of mind – achieved when athletes...
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Poor Expectations set Poor Performance Standards

September 27, 2010
Poor Expectations set Poor Performance Standards

Notre Dame: College Football’s Intelligent ‘C’ Students by Noah Gentner, PhD, CC-AASP As a college professor I have come across many types of students over the years.  There are the Type A perfectionists, the blue-collar hard workers, the disengaged text messengers, and the inquisitive knowledge seekers among others.  Students come in all shapes and...
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Healthy Choices – Make it fun!

September 22, 2010

The fun theory gets traction from the fabulously effective “Piano Stairs”.  This is an encore for this piece in Podium Sports Journal – but perhaps because its been so effective.  Almost 13 million viewers have watched this video produced The Fun Theory in an effort sponsored by Volkswagen.  Located in a subway station in...
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Stick to Your Strengths…Do them Well

September 9, 2010
Stick to Your Strengths…Do them Well

Analyzing Virginia Tech’s Comeback from a 17-0 Deficit Against Boise State by Noah Gentner, PhD, CC-AASP On Monday night Virginia Tech and Boise State played the biggest game of college football’s opening weekend.  They were both top 10 teams with national championship hopes.  Adding to the intrigue was the belief that, with a win,...
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Performance Blocks in Tennis – the Serving "Yips"

September 8, 2010
Performance Blocks in Tennis – the Serving "Yips"

Article first published in the Long Island Tennis Magazine | August 18, 2010 | By Rob Polishook Photo Credit: John Foxx Editor’s note:  With the US Open moving into the quarter finals – this brief article is both timely and offers an additional reminder of how performance blocks can rear their ugly head even...
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Coaching the Generation ‘Y’ Athlete

September 3, 2010
Coaching the Generation ‘Y’ Athlete

By Noah Gentner, PhD, CC-AASP Special thanks to Dr. Dan Czech and Dr. Trey Burdette for their input on this post This week the Florida Gators Football team hit the practice field to continue with their preparation for the 2010 season.  Unfortunately, a few people were missing.  No, I don’t mean Tim Tebow; Urban...
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What’s up with Tiger Woods?

August 16, 2010
What’s up with Tiger Woods?

Editor’s note:  Tiger finished tied for 11th in the PGA Championship – the last major of the year.  He is not guaranteed a spot on the US Ryder Cup Team and as a Captain’s pick – Corey Pavin has yet to reveal his choices.  It is the first time Tiger has not automatically qualified...
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Football Training Heats Up – Coaches Are Responsible for More than Conditioning

July 13, 2010
Football Training Heats Up – Coaches Are Responsible for More than Conditioning

Friday Night Rights: Arrest of Middletown Coaches Evokes Lessons of Stinson Case July 13, 2010 Last week, two Middletown (Conn.) assistant football coaches were arrested on misdemeanor charges of second-degree reckless endangerment after allegedly withholding water from players during a strength and conditioning workout.  One of the players allegedly collapsed during the workout, which...
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Move Over Dewyane & Chris – LeBron is Here! -or- The King and Two Princes

July 9, 2010
Move Over Dewyane & Chris – LeBron is Here! -or- The King and Two Princes

by Noah Gentner, PhD, CC-AASP Thursday night was one of the biggest nights in NBA history.  Whether you liked the way LeBron James made his announcement or not there is no arguing that it was a huge night for the NBA.  Throughout history we have seen great players team up (West, Baylor, and Wilt;...
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Coach for Life: The Legacy of John Wooden

June 22, 2010
Coach for Life: The Legacy of John Wooden

By Stephen Walker, PhD, CC-AASP, USOC Registry of Sport Psychologists Few men have achieved both success and been respected for character like John Wooden.  His passing this month leaves a void in many people’s lives but his legacy and “Pyramid of Success” will transcend his passing for many years to come.  Wooden is without...
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5 Keys to Mental Toughness in Volleyball

by Michelle Ehgotz and Dr. Stephen Walker   Mental fitness in sport is often overlooked and in sports like volleyball, very few articles exist...
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