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Mental Skills & the Preparation Strategies of Olympic Gold Medalists – I

July 11, 2012
Mental Skills & the Preparation Strategies of Olympic Gold Medalists – I

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 and preparation strategies before key athletic events.  Most athletes understand that these things are important as well.  But, what do these athletes actually do...
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Recovery from Distractions Fast: The Thought Pattern Interrupt (TPI)

September 9, 2011
Recovery from Distractions Fast: The Thought Pattern Interrupt (TPI)

Athletes in every sport will from time to time lose focus, become self-conscious, have self-doubts to contend with and worry about things. It happens especially in cycling, which can be grueling on the best of days. Emotions with strong physical components are the worst because they have what’s called an attractor field – an...
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Guidelines for goal-setting: Researched and Tested

April 7, 2011
Guidelines for goal-setting: Researched and Tested

Sasha DiGiulian Win’s the 2011 SCS National Championships in Sport Climbing Photos by Dominik Walker Editors Note: Goal Setting is commonly referred to as an integral mental skill. However, in our experience there are few coaches and athletes that really know how to do it properly. It is a mental skill that will require...
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P3 Thinking – Conditioning Yourself Mentally

March 28, 2011
P3 Thinking – Conditioning Yourself Mentally

by Dr. Stephen Walker, CC-AASP Robin Vealey is one of sport psychology’s best. Her book Coaching for the Inner Edge (2005) is one the field’s most comprehensive works. In it she offers guidance in the use of applied methods and instruction on some of the most valuable techniques available. I give it my highest...
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The Inner Game – A Different Approach to Skill Development

May 22, 2010
The Inner Game – A Different Approach to Skill Development

Last fall, I attended a UCLA football game with some friends. One couple brought their young toddler. As we tailgated, the boy ran all over the place. He tried to play with other young kids or he played with his dad, running after his ball and hiking it to his mom. One time, he...
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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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Vancouver Olympics 2010 – Are your Kids Dreaming of Being Olympians?

February 19, 2010
Vancouver Olympics 2010 – Are your Kids Dreaming of Being Olympians?

A Podcast with Dr. Daniel Gould - Advisor to the USOC and Director of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University.
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PJS Talks with Dr. Lee Hancock on Mental Skills Training for Youth Coaches & Athletes

February 8, 2010
PJS Talks with Dr. Lee Hancock on Mental Skills Training for Youth Coaches & Athletes

by Stephen Walker, PhD, CC-AASP Podium’s Podcast of the Week: An Interview with Dr. Lee Hancock Lee Hancock is Chair of the Kinesiology Master’s Program at California State University – Dominguez Hills.  He is a former college and semi-professional soccer player and Founding Director of DevelopMental Solutions – a consulting group working with athletes,...
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Athletes' Choices Can Help or Hinder the Development of Confidence

January 9, 2010
Athletes' Choices Can Help or Hinder the Development of Confidence

Foreward by Dr. Stephen Walker – Editor: “Confidence is a factor that can influence an athlete’s performance in remarkable ways.  It can cause the cocky to make tactical and strategic errors.  The lack of it can mess with the performance of  talented athletes because they fail to channel their focus in the most effective...
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The Storybook Finish that Didn't Happen – Jenny Barringer's NCAA Cross Country Championships

December 2, 2009
The Storybook Finish that Didn't Happen – Jenny Barringer's NCAA Cross Country Championships

by Stephen Walker, PhD, CC-AASP What Happened to Jenny Barringer? Legendary basketball coach John Wooden once said, “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.”   The first time I read that I had to go over it a couple times to really let it sink in.  Jenny...
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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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