“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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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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