Posts in the ‘Sport Psychology’ Category

Learn How to Think Like an Elite Athlete by Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky is arguably the best player in NHL history.  If you listen to him speak, he says that he was not the biggest player and he did not have the hardest shot, but he had the will to want to score which is what helped him to be so successful.  Wayne Gretzky is now

3 Ways To Sharpen Your Mental Skills

When it comes to sports or elite performance at any age, mental skills are required to perform at an optimal level. Here are some suggestions to help strengthen your mental skills: Use relaxation and breathing exercises- When there is a lot of pressure on you to perform and you get nervous or anxious, your muscles

The Weight of Gold

“The Weight of Gold” is an HBO documentary that highlights several Olympic athletes and their mental health struggles specifically related to being an Olympic athlete. Even if you are not an Olympic, I am sure that there will be parts of this documentary which you can relate to.  It certainly is an interesting topic and

Mental Health: No Longer Dirty Words in Macho World of NHL

I always like to bring attention to professional athletes speaking out about mental health and mental health issues. I believe that it is imperative that high profile professional athletes speak openly about mental health to serve as a role model for others both athletes and fans. This particular article is written about NHL athletes. That archaic code about

As the Coronavirus Shutdown Continues, How Are Clubs Managing Players’ Mental Health?

To learn more about this topic, please click on the link below for a great article from ESPN:

Redefining Success in Sports and Life

Former UCLA gymnastics coach, Valerie Kondos Field, helped her team win 7 national titles and she recently spoke at the PAC 12 conference. Her message is quite inspirational, and she talks about the need to change the culture of -win at all costs- and redefine what success looks like in sport and life.  Watch below

NBA Mental Health Initiatives

The NBA had made big strides this year regarding how they are screening for and treating their athletes with mental health issues.  Hopefully, this will help to reduce the stigma for athletes who suffer from mental health issues and they will be more likely to seek professional help.  This also gives hope that other professional

Cori Gauff

I don’t know about you, but I cannot begin to tell you how impressed I am with Cori (Coco) Gauff, the 15-year-old American tennis player who recently competed in Wimbledon and beat Venus Williams.  The amount of mental toughness that she has to have to be able to compete and beat one of the best

Mental Health and Major League Baseball

No one is immune to mental illness, including professional athletes. Based off results from my dissertation research and what I see in my private practice, it appears as though there is a definite lack of support for athletes who struggle with mental health issues. Even though the NFL recently announced that they are requiring each

Tiger Woods on Winning the 2019 Masters

“How did he do it?” is the question that everybody is asking in regard to Tiger Woods winning the 2019 Masters.  The reason why everyone is asking that question is because Tiger has had so many setbacks in the last several years. Several setbacks including a number of surgeries and losses in major tournaments that

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