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Rehab Psych 101: How Mental Do You Think The Injury Rehabilitation Process Actually Is?

Injury on the field of play is usually from poor problem solving, a lack of ability to learn physical or mental skills to their full extent, the failure to attend to appropriate cues, lack of communication with teammates and coaches, or from pain. Simply said, there will always be mental components that come along with injury (Pargman, [...]

By | January 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pressure will always be there. How do you work with it?

'When walking towards the Olympic track arena, it truly feels like you are walking into the gallows.' This was noted by a recent professor of mine when talking about a previous client. Talk about pressure and anxiety! I see that sport professionals can prepare their athletes to perform well, execute movements and plays correctly, and [...]

By | September 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

There is more to it than just winning a medal.

A previous professor of mine once asked my class, "Can anyone here tell me what the latin route of competition really means?" ... There was silence throughout the room ... He finally answered his own question by saying, "Together we strive." When we think back to when the Olympics originated in 1896, the purpose was [...]

By | August 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How do they do that? An Olympic Pre-Competition Mental Checklist

Every two years I overhear people repeatedly asking "How did they do that?"  The "they" in question are Olympic athletes. We are constantly amazed and in awe of their performances. Particularly under the pressure of the Games. Because most people only get a chance to see these athletes every four years while in the Olympics [...]

By | August 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lolo’s No Choke: Revisiting the 2012 Time article about Lolo Jones and choking

In the summer before the 2012 London Olympic Games I was interviewed for a Time article on Lolo Jones and choking. I thought the piece was well written, describing some of Lolo's history and the science of performance psychology. As the track and field events are close to starting in Rio four years later I [...]

By | August 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dealing with Olympic Sized Distractions in Rio

  There’s a new distraction in Rio. Or more accurately, there's an old distraction that’s reached Olympic proportions. That's the age-old issue of doping in sport. Despite what seems like a significant amount of evidence of state-sponsored doping in Russia the IOC only banned some Russian athletes from the Rio Olympics. As the saga was [...]

By | August 10th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments