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5 Keys to Mental Toughness in Volleyball

December 16, 2014
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 about the mental game.  There are many different characteristics that make volleyball a challenging sport: the size of the athlete, ability to jump, dig and set with finesse, to perform...
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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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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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The Dave Scott Interview

October 2, 2011
The Dave Scott Interview

From the Editor (10.1.2011)  Some of you may begin hearing about Dave Scott and Mark Allen’s concerns over the upcoming release of Matt Fitzgerald’s depiction of  (“IronWar”, VeloPress, 2011).  They feel strongly enough about the piece to sue the author and VeloPress for defamation of character and state flat out that there are erroneous...
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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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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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Self-Talk in Endurance Events – Keep Your InnerVoice Positive

August 13, 2011
Self-Talk in Endurance Events – Keep Your InnerVoice Positive

by Will Murry and Craig Howie Sometimes before and during races, you get a voice inside your head that wants to tell you things.  Welcome to Self-talk.  Actually, Self-talk is a major part of every athlete’s journey.  This voice is often your own; sometimes it’s the voice of someone else: a parent, a sibling,...
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Playing Conscious Golf – Preparing for Competition

April 11, 2011
Playing Conscious Golf – Preparing for Competition

by Stephen Walker, PhD, CC-AASP, USOC Registry of Sport Psychologists My dentist has a sign in his office that reads, “Just floss the ones you want to keep.” Playing conscious golf involves the same principle. Mental conditioning for good tournament play is not a matter left to happenstance. In fact, many of the key...
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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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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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