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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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Mental Skills & Preparation Strategies of Olympic Gold medalists – II

July 12, 2012
Mental Skills & Preparation Strategies of Olympic Gold medalists – II

Podium Sports Journal’s Podcast of the Week – An interview with Drs. Noah Gentner and Vanessa Shannon by Dr. Stephen Walker, CC-AASP Sport Psychologists recognize the importance of mental skills & preparation strategies used by coaches and athletes before key athletic events.  Most athletes understand their importance as well.  But, what do these athletes...
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DJ Gregory’s Golf Gives Inspiration to Athletes in Every Sport

July 11, 2012
DJ Gregory’s Golf Gives Inspiration to Athletes in Every Sport

DJ Gregory and the PGA Tour by Dr. Stephen Walker, CC-AASP There have been a number of great stories that serve to inspire.  Many of them refer to athletes who did the extraordinary.  Last year we featured the story of Kara Goucher overcoming years of injuries to finally land on her proper platform –...
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Between the Pipes: Mental Toughness Tips for Goalies

October 28, 2011
Between the Pipes: Mental Toughness Tips for Goalies

For Podium Sports Journal by Stephen Walker, PhD, CC-AASP and Alec Baker, PsyD What happens when you combine the speed of five great athletes in helmets and pads sprinting on ice skates straight at you? Oh yeah, they’re also bearing weapons. A simple collision, of which there are many, often sends metal blades and...
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Self-Handicapping: Overcoming “Yourself” in Competition

August 25, 2011
Self-Handicapping: Overcoming “Yourself” in Competition

By Larry Lauer, PhD, CC-AASP Michigan Youth Sports Institute Named one of the NSAPE Top 100 coaching educators of 2007 For a number of years I have worked with athletes as a coach and mental performance consultant. Self-confidence is usually the reason why athletes first contact me. They have hit the bottom so to...
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“You” Control Your Performance!

April 15, 2011
“You” Control Your Performance!

by Simon Hartley Be World Class Your performance is entirely within your control. Your performance is not dictated by anyone else or anything else. It’s not dictated by circumstances or external factors. Your performance emanates from your thoughts and your feelings. Nobody can influence your thoughts or feelings, unless you let them! No situation...
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The Mental Skills of Jeremy Bloom

January 17, 2011
The Mental Skills of Jeremy Bloom

Jeremy Bloom COLORADO ’06 Sport: Football Why he matters: World’s top-ranked mogul skier in 2002; arguably the nation’s most feared punt returner; activist for a national Student Athletes’ Bill of Rights. What he dislikes most about the NCAA: “They limit opportunity.” On giving up 45 grand after winning Superstars competition: “The NCAA let me...
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Mental Training Pays Off – Vancouver Olympics 2010

February 28, 2010
Mental Training Pays Off – Vancouver Olympics 2010

by Dr. Stephen Walker, PhD, CC-AASP, USOC Registry of Sport Psychogists What do you get when you employ a positive mental attitude, strong self-motivation, well managed goal-setting, effective self-talk, a disciplined visualization of your upcoming performance, competent stress control, determined focus and concentration, and an ongoing dedication to establishing and maintaining productive relationships with...
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Sport Psychology at the Vancouver Olympic Games 2010

February 26, 2010
Sport Psychology at the Vancouver Olympic Games 2010

by Stephen Walker, PhD, CC-AASP, USOC Registry of Sport Psychologists In a previous article involving a “From the Field” interview with Dr. Stephen Walker, Podium Sports Journal answered several questions with respect to the mental conditioning these great athletes engage in prior to their competition performance.  Those questions focused on preparation under the best...
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Julia Mancuso's Day: Who Said Luck, Time and Circumstance Don't Factor In?

February 25, 2010
Julia Mancuso's Day: Who Said Luck, Time and Circumstance Don't Factor In?

by Stephen Walker, PhD, CC-AASP, USOC Registry of Sport Psychologists Vancouver Olympics 2010 – Julia Mancuso Part 1 Julia Mancuso woke up yesterday morning focused on one thing:  Performing well enough to win Gold in arguably her favorite event – The Giant Slalom.  Skiing at the top of her game, Mancuso has already done...
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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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