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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Why Use Pre and During Performance Routines

Athletes understand that the pressure of the game eventually leads to having a harder time breathing as the heart pumps faster and the thoughts begin to race. Everything is happening extremely fast. As the pressures continue going up, the breathing becomes shallower and faster. This emotional and physiological response typically leads to feeling fear. It is quite common that we become judgmental and turned into our own worst enemy. This mindset exacerbates internal pressures. By …

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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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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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