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Sports Psychology

The Worst Kid on the Team: When Your Child Is Struggling With a Sport

KidsInTheHouse.com | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
KidsInTheHouse.com

You can't really blame a child for wanting to quit when he's not excelling at a sport. It can be a huge blow to one's self-esteem to be the worst at something, especially in a team environment when your performance affects everyone else's.

Why Athletes 'Choke' Under Pressure

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 05.09.2014 | Healthy Living

They spend countless hours practicing and competing, but all it takes is one moment to dash hopes of a gold medal, a championship trophy or a personal...

Not Enough Basketballs? The Too-Much-Talent Effect

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.22.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Is there such a thing as having too much talent? This is the perennial question facing the owners of big-time sports franchises -- not to mention the managers and coaches and players and fans. Does adding more and more talent add up to ever better team performance?

Shortstop Psychology: The Mystery of the Yips

Wray Herbert | Posted 05.05.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

What's going on that a highly skilled athlete can suddenly and inexplicably lose the fundamentals of fielding? The usual explanation is that these players start to "overthink" their automatic, highly tuned visual and motor skills, and sabotage them in the process. But this has never been proven, nor is it clear just what this means on a basic cognitive level.

Olympics All About Managing Anxiety

Ken Reed | Posted 04.22.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

For many of the athletes that have filled our screens the last couple weeks, they have a couple minutes to perform at their best and that's it. Their biggest competitor is not some athlete from another nation, it's choking.

Sports Psychology Olympics at Sochi: Inside the Mind of an Olympian -- Mental Training to Perform Your Best

Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter | Posted 04.14.2014 | Sports
Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter

How do Olympic athletes work with sports psychologists behind the scenes so they can perform their best? How do they use mental training and visualization to overcome their fears and stay focused? Did you know, can you use the same techniques as the Olympians?

The Brain-Training Secrets Of Olympic Athletes

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.14.2014 | Healthy Living

With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics well underway, millions of spectators are marveling at the physical skill and talent of the athletes competing in ...

The Seahawk Bounce of Super Bowl Success

Tom Morris | Posted 04.08.2014 | Sports
Tom Morris

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and his many players who were formerly unappreciated by the experts in the sport display in their attitude and actions what I consider to be the greatest wisdom that leads to success in any field.

Super Bowl Quarterback Mindset: How to Focus, Feel and Perform Like a Champion

Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter | Posted 04.05.2014 | Sports
Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter

Complete and undivided attention for the quarterback, and for all of us, is difficult to come by. As an athlete, you can easily become sidetracked by a myriad of external factors or the mind's thought processes.

See the Ball, Hit the Ball -- See the Bottle, Don't Hit the Bottle

Jeff Foote, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Foote, Ph.D.

In the real world, these statements help baseball players about as much as telling a heavy drinker to "keep it simple," or just take it "one day at a time." Not much. While these can be profound life suggestions, the ability to put them into action can be brutally difficult.

5 Olympian Mindsets to Achieve Greatness

Steve Siebold | Posted 03.30.2014 | Sports
Steve Siebold

Most people are aware that Olympic athletes must be in impeccable physical condition, but what about the mental component of competing in the Olympics?

Sarah Klein

How To Find The Best Workout For Your Personality

HuffingtonPost.com | Sarah Klein | Posted 10.21.2013 | Healthy Living

The Buddha probably wasn't referring to the gym when he said, "Wherever you go, there you are." But, on the treadmill, in Spin class, at yoga -- ye...

'He's on Fire!': How Does the 'Hot Hand' Phenomenon Really Work?

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.12.2013 | Sports
Art Markman, Ph.D.

When you watch a basketball game, a player will make a couple of shots, and the announcers will decide that player is "on fire" and that he ought to take the team's next shot. Paradoxically, though, this confidence has a cost.

NFL Draft Preparation: Put Your Money Where Your Mindset Is

Barbara Bruno | Posted 05.03.2013 | Sports
Barbara Bruno

In the 2013 NFL Draft, sheer athletic talent will seduce several professional football coaches, general managers and owners into making a terribly expensive errors. At the highest level of competition in any sport, athletic skill is not enough.

10 Sports Psychology Mental Training Tips

Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter | Posted 01.06.2013 | Sports
Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter

Want to know how you can use sports psychology to reach your health, fitness and sports goals faster? Here are my top 10 mindset tips to help you build new motivation, confidence and major breakthroughs in your fitness and in your life.

Hot Hands and Hoops: Irrational Belief in the NBA

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.22.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Does our powerful belief in hot streaks, even if it's a false belief, still affect games? That is, do players play differently when they believe they are hot? Or if they believe a teammate is on a roll?

Dr. JoAnn's 6 Olympic Keys to Maximize Your Potential in Sports and Life

Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter | Posted 10.14.2012 | Sports
Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter

Would you like to think, feel and perform like an Olympian in every part of your life? The people who develop Olympic qualities and practice these skills regularly have the best chance of excelling in sports as well as personally and professionally.

Dr. JoAnn's 7 Olympic Qualities for Sports and Life

Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter | Posted 10.06.2012 | Sports
Dr. JoAnn Dahlkoetter

Elite athletes do not possess superhuman powers or extraordinary qualifications limited to a selected few. The characteristics that make a champion can be attained and developed by anyone who wants to excel in sports, business or in life.

Sports Psychology For Coaches And Families -- Not Just The Athletes

| Posted 10.01.2012 | Healthy Living

By Katherine Harmon (Click here for the original article) The crowd has quieted, but an electric energy from the packed grandstands fills the air....

The Olympics' Mental Games

Reuters | Posted 09.21.2012 | Healthy Living

By Sharon Begley NEW YORK, July 22 (Reuters) - For decades after the first sports psychology lab was established in 1920 in Germany, m...

Interview with Keith Bulluck, Former NFL Player Turned Sports Psychology Analyst

Teddy Wayne | Posted 09.15.2012 | Sports
Teddy Wayne

A known advocate for players and foster children alike, Keith Bulluck revealed to me his post-career plans to get a masters degree in sports psychology to help him better understand the athlete's psyche and enhance his insight as a mentor and on-air analyst.

Different Sports Require Different Motivation

| Posted 08.04.2012 | Healthy Living

By Christie Nicholson (Click here for the original article and podcast) The link between thought and performance on a test, stage or in sports has...

About Leadership - #1: Building Best Teams

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 05.04.2012 | Business
Bernie Bulkin

We used the word "team" a lot but had given no thought to what it meant. So I thought, let's get someone from one of the major football clubs to talk to my leadership "team" about achieving high performance.

The Power Of Love

Amy Tardio | Posted 05.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Tardio

Tom Coughlin, coach of the 2012 XVLI Super Bowl champion New York Giants will go down in history for empowering his long shot team, not with a "come-on" fist-pump but with an expression of effusive love during his Super Bowl-eve huddle.

Sport As Religion

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.12.2011 | Religion
Nigel Barber

Given that sports entertainment has similarities to religious rituals, it is reasonable to ask whether the connection between fans and sport has psychological effects that are comparable to religious experiences.