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Sports Psychology

5 Ways to Help Your Teens Deal With Tryouts

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Since many of your kids are in the thick of this, we need to have a good conversation about it sooner rather than later. I'm talking about one of the most stressful aspects of going back to or starting high school. So let's all say it out loud once and for all -- #TRYOUTS.

Michael Jordan's Mindfulness Meditation Coach: The Secret Weapon of Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant and You

Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee | Posted 06.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Sandler and Jessica Lee

Woo-woo or not, compassion is needed today more than ever, and perhaps mindfulness can help bring us there. Through Mumford's book, we can all learn to be Mindful Athletes in our day-to-day lives.

The Complicated Psychology Of Sports Superfandom

Erin Schumaker | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living

After Duke pulled out a victory over Wisconsin in the NCAA championship on April 6, ending the Badgers' March Madness run, Wisconsin fans were underst...

How Do NFL Fans Get Over Their Team's Big Playoff Losses and Bad Seasons?

Quora | Posted 03.25.2015 | Sports

Most social scientists who study the psychology of sports fans would say that it has to do with the NFL fan identifying with the team so strongly that the outcome of the game has emotional and even physiological consequences for the fan.

The New Edge in Sports Performance and Results

Howard Falco | Posted 03.24.2015 | Sports
Howard Falco

What works best in terms of performance and results is constantly changing and evolving with each new generation. Those who desire to succeed at the highest levels are always searching for a greater understanding about how this is accomplished.

The Duality of Fanhood and Morality in Sports

Dan Karpuc | Posted 01.26.2015 | Sports
Dan Karpuc

After not seeing a single carry against the Tennessee Titans, Blount walked off the field before the game was over, seemingly giving up on caring what would happen the rest of the game. But most Patriots fans don't care, as long as he produces on the field.

Everything You Need To Know About Teens and Sports

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

High school has started for teens all over the country, and parents and teens are grappling with all sorts of issues around playing team sports.

What Did I Do Wrong? How This Phrase Helps in Life, Sports Performance and Can Even Help the World

Lisa Durant | Posted 10.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Durant

I'll never want for anything because I know deep down the right stuff is always inside. Played out through time, if every one of us acts this way, we can change the world for good. Our personal best is all we need. Our children and our Earth deserve it, and so do we.

The Power of a Present Mind in Sports and in Life

Howard Falco | Posted 09.24.2014 | Sports
Howard Falco

A present mind is the doorway to the most powerful state of personal creation. However, to get there, each person going after their dream must be willing to self-reflect and make the necessary changes to become this new version of themselves.

The Worst Kid on the Team: When Your Child Is Struggling With a Sport | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents

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 | 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?