“Man up, Djokovic!” Navratilova said

Playing the semi-finals at Roland Garros, Novac was annoyed by the weather conditions and kept complaining to the umpire hoping the game would be postponed. In fairness, it was quite windy, but so was for his opponent, Dominic Thiem. Mental distractors are everywhere. Weather conditions, your opponent, field conditions, and coach’s decisions are variables athletes do not have any control over. Complaining about conditions we have no control over only lead to get mentally distracted. …

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The Game Follows The Mind

“The game follows the mind, not the mind follows the game.” Notah Begay III, a golf reporter for the Golf Channel and ex-tour player, made this wise remark in regards to the mental preparation tour golfers work on to stay focused and overcome mental challenges. Bethpage Black is long, tough, and has penalizing roughs. The general consensus was that winning score would be just under par for the PGA Championship. From a defensive mindset, players …

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Cheating

Bribing to get a child into college over modeling values It has come to light that parents have been “buying” their children a spot in the athletic department of top colleges despite not ever having participated in a sport. Around 50 highly influential parents were caught in this scandal. In today’s competitive parenting world, has teaching morality taken a back seat? In conversation with the ring-leader of this scandal, the co-chairman of a prestigious law …

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Burnout

The pressure to win can often lead to overriding physical and even emotional signals that eventually lead to burnout. Burnout does not happen because we train hard. It happens because we do not take care of ourselves while training hard. When we set our training bar unrealistically high, when we do not give our bodies the required time to rest, when we do a poor job managing the stressors in and around our lives, then …

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