The Patriots did it again!!!

What a formidable Super Bowl LI!!! Not one team has come back 23 points to win a super bowl. Despite all odds, the remained strong and played tough. Congratulations to the Patriots for a great win and fantastic demonstration of tenacity and winning mentality. Why did they win? It was due to the huge difference in the mindset between the Falcons and Patriots. The Falcons played not to lose. Despite having a big point difference, …

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Why anger leads to loss of focus

Upset tennis player sitting on court on a sunny day[/caption]The pressure to do well often leads athletes to react in anger. They lose their temper, throw golf clubs in the air, or tennis racquet to the ground. It is also manifested by yelling at whoever happens to be near them, whether it is the referee, opponents, or people seating in the stands. When working with athletes that tend to lose their ability to manage their …

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How to Improve Focus

Athletes say that when they are really focused is when they perform at their best. They claim that their attention is fully paid to what is in front of them while able to push aside distractions that are happening all around them. But, are they really pushing away distractions? And, how is that possible? It is impossible to push aside distractions because the athlete does not control the sources of distractions. Even if the athlete …

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Distracted by your opponent?

It happens quite often that athletes create a mental expectation based on whom the opponent is. If it is a highly-ranked player, some athletes become psyched out even before the match begins. Interesting enough, the opposite happens when the opponent is a lesser skilled player. There is a believe or over-confidence that the match was already won before the match starts. In either situation, these athletes are showing difficulty managing their own abilities to remain …

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Partnership between Westchester Squash Academy and Sports Mental Edge

I’m very happy to report that WSA and SME have reached a partnership agreement to address the mental side in squash. Squash players know, regardless of age or skill level, the game is super-fast, demands high energy and skillful techniques. What it also demands is the appropriate mindset to manage the mental challenges. Players often get distracted when they lose a lead, feel pressured when needing to close a game or match, and develop unhealthy …

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Argentina wins Davis Cup 2016!!!!

Argentina finally wins the Davis Cup beating Croatia after a super display of tennis, tenacity, and heart. After four failed attempts to win it that goes back to 1981, Argentina finally embraced the Cup that so badly tried to win. Great tennis like Vilas, Clerc, Nalbandian, Coria, Gaudio, and Monaco, just to mention a few, attempted to win this elusive cup. This time, the Argentine team, whose main player included Juan Martin Del Potro, embraced …

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Losing Big Leads

How to minimize losing big leads How many times has it happened that athletes lose games despite holding a comfortable lead? Whether it is an individual or team sport, we are perplexed every time it happens. It brings such a helpless feeling because we see the turnaround taking place before our eyes and there is nothing that we, as spectators, can do about it. Why does it happen? In conversation with athletes and coaches, they …

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Coaching or Over-coaching in Squash

It is quite common for junior squash players to be coached when participating in tournaments. Whether it takes place before or during the match, coaches provide important and insightful information that can help players make strategic game changes. Sometimes, coaches use their expertise to provide calmness as players feel highly pressured to succeed. Some players also need all the help they can get to regain focus and receive reassurances. I have witnessed coaches who are …

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1908 Cubs vs. 1948 Indians

It is hard to believe that two of the most prominent professional baseball teams that have not won a World Series in many years are now facing each other. It is exciting enough to see your city’ baseball team make it to this final games, but it is even sweeter when these two teams have made it despite the many years of trying and trying. Whoever the winner will be, it will be a joyous …

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Values

In a recent talk to a basketball team, we addressed the issue of value. Value is understood as a core principle that one aspires and commits to live by. When the team identified what values each member was expected to live by, the entire basketball team reached a unified understanding that, what is really important is not so much focusing on the end result, but rather living by principles that promote cohesion, respect, and responsibility. …

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