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Tenacity: A Chris Long Story

Posted by admin on February 7, 2018

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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

How to Become an Effective Coach

Posted by admin on January 31, 2018

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

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

How to Bounce Back after Defeat

Posted by admin on October 31, 2017

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

Mental Focus in Match Play

Posted by admin on August 30, 2017

Golf is commonly played adding the total shots for 18 holes, called stroke play. However, there is a format called match play where golfer earn a point for each won hole. Rather than focusing on completing the round, match play tends to re-shift the attention to each hole. In match play, it is extremely tempting to focus on how the opponent is playing the hole as it can become a source of strategic shot making

A Personality Trait That Top Athletes Share

Posted by admin on August 9, 2017

In-Kyung Kim is a pro female golfer who, in 2012, missed a one-foot putt on the 18th hole to win the ANA Inspiration Tournament. Since then, her name has constantly been associated with such a missed putt, rather than the other tournaments that she has won. HAVRE DE GRACE, MD - JUNE 09: In-Kyung Kim (KOR) during Pro-Am before 2009 LPGA Championship held at Bulle Rock Golf Course, on June 9,
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Athletes often share with me that they find themselves getting mentally ahead of their games, which cause not only additional stress, but also become a source of mental distraction. Whether athletes are losing or winning, it is very normal to be carried away with positive or negative thoughts. During the past two weeks, two major sport events took place: Wimbledon and The Open Championship that was played at Royal Birkdale Golf Club.

Ricky Fowler is very well liked in the PGA tour. He is friendly, respectful, and talented. He is very generous to use his personal and professional time to support noble causes. Additionally, his easy-going demeanor and active social-media interactions attracts many fans, who loudly cheer for him. Fairly or unfairly, the general buzz portraits him as an underachiever because he has won just a handful of tournaments. Reporters from The Golf Channel shared that his

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By si.robi (Muguruza US16 (6)) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia CommonsThe 2016 French Open champion, Garbiñe Muguruza, lost to Kristina Mladenovic in the round of 16 in this year’s French Open. The news is not so much about losing a tennis match. Rather, how she reacted after the loss and, more importantly, how to mentally be ready for the next opportunity. Garbiñe 3-set match against local Kristina

What is mental toughness?

Posted by admin on May 10, 2017

Most athletes would agree that being mentally tough is more than just being focused. It rests on the ability to overcome challenges and see opportunities when the chips are down instead of becoming negative and pessimistic. It rests on being committed to achieving a goal despite the odds and multiple sacrifices that need to be addressed. It resides on having control over our emotions and having the ability to regain focus soon after a mental

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