When the Opponent Becomes a Mental Distraction

It is quite common that athletes pay attention to whom they will face the next game. A lacrosse or ice-hockey game brings a slightly different mental approach depending on whether the game will be played at home or away field. There is an unspoken and sometimes spoken message that the home team “owns” the gymnasium, stadium, or rink where the game will be played. This sense of “ownership” is aimed at promoting a sense of …

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Peak Performance from the Inside Out

Trust, confidence, and being in the present moment express the sensations that we experience when we are 100% focused on a task without entertaining mechanical or distracting thoughts in our minds. When we are totally focused, we achieve our goals, become productive, and feel proud for having moved forward. If being totally focused is so positive, what prevents us from being in that positive mindset for longer time? For some people, staying focused seems to …

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Early specialization: Something to think about before committing

It is quite common seeing very young athletes playing one sport all year around. To a great extent, it is done under the belief that it will expedite the learning process. However, research studies are indicating that focusing on just one sport before the age of 13 years old will most likely create the opposite effect. According to Dr. Kowalski, early specialization is defined as spending more than 8 months out of the year practicing …

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New England Somatic Experiencing Practitioners Conference

What? Learn the latest applications of Somatic Experiencing from your fellow SE colleagues. Presenters include: Peter Payne, “The Role of Somatic Practice in SE” Alex Diaz, “SE and the Treatment of Concussions” Jackie Katz, Catherine Hondorp, Cecily Sam Legg, Maureen Quinn, Kristen Chamberlain, “The Hands Informed by SE: A panel discussion with chiropractors, craniosacral and massage therapists” Sage Hayes, “Somatic Practice with Marginalized Communities” Marcy Andrews, “Courting the Reptilian Brain During Childbirth” Mary Guiffra, “Complex …

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An unsolicited advice to Garbiñe Muguruza – Part 2

Garbine lost in the second round of the Indian Well Masters against an upcoming American player, Sachia Vickery, who is world ranked #100. After winning her first set 6-2 and being up 3-0 in the second set, she loses 5-7, 1-6. It is common for any top player to have unexpected losses and, often time, these experiences are used to catapult the game a higher notch. It is, however, the second time that Garbine lost …

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2018 PyeongChang, South Korea Winter Olympic Games

Let the games begin!!! These highly talented and hard-working athletes from around the world will be competing in their own specialties after years of training and making huge personal and financial sacrifices. Some athletes arrive to the games expecting to win medals while the great majority of them compete for the sake of showing their best abilities knowing that their chances of winning a medal are almost none. Nevertheless, their personal history to make it …

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Tenacity: A Chris Long Story

Tenacity is what separates good athletes from great ones. It has been described by coaches as the attribute that is most sought out for because tenacity enables athletes to navigate the challenges they face along the way. Chris Long was selected in the first round of the 2008 National Football League draft by the St. Louis Rams. He played for the Rams until 2015 during which time, the team never made it to the playoffs. …

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How to Become an Effective Coach

Coaches are responsible for guiding athletes to reach their true potential.  Just like athletes need to prepare themselves to execute their best performances, effective coaches need to prepare themselves to be the best at their job. What are some of the strategies great coaches use? – Coaching strategies are molded to meet the needs of each athlete. Great coaches are very aware that each athlete has his/her unique talents, personalities, and needs. Coaches are constantly …

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Playing at Home VS Away Field – Sports Performance

It is quite common to hear that athletes and coaches pay some attention to where the match will be played. It is understandable that playing at home can easily bring the local crowd and cheer for you. On the other hand, playing at an away field, it becomes the opposite experience. Come to think about it, playing at home may actually be more difficult because the expectation is higher. Family members can bring higher expectations. …

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How to Bounce Back after Defeat

During Super Bowl 2017, we witnessed the New England Patriots being down by 25 points. As improbable as it was, they scored 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a couple of 2-point conversions, to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime. In 1993, then world’s No. 1 tennis player, Monica Seles, was stabbed in the back, which led to a 2-year physical and emotional rehabilitation. In 1995, in her first tournament back, she wins …

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