Are you Serious

There comes a point in an athlete’s career when he or she decides to strive to reach a higher level of performance. Maybe it’s trying out for the select team, committing to making your college team, or even setting the goal to play professionally. As we...

Mental Skills for Baseball

Mental Skills for Baseball As the chill of winter slowly gives way to sunshine and warmer weather, baseball and softball players around the country are beginning to get ready for the upcoming season. Spring training, from the pros down to Little Leagues, means working...

MENTALLY STRONG AND BALANCED

Bowling is a Mental Sport Bowling is a mental sport. Very few accomplished bowlers would argue with this statement. Then why is it that when a bowler is attempting to improve their game, they pursue more revs or the hottest new equipment, rather than mental skills?...

Keeping Athletes Safe From Concussions

Keeping our Athletes Safe from Concussions This week, I attended and made a presentation at a conference hosted by CORE Health Care entitled “Keeping Our Athletes Safe.” In addition to my presentation, the meeting included excellent presentations by Mike...

Dr. Temple: Board-Certified Sport Psychologist

Dr. Richard Temple Board Certified Sport Psychologist Over the past year, Dr. Temple has been busy pursuing and achieving board certification in sport psychology through the American Board of Sport Psychology (ABSP).  Dr. Richard Temple  is one of a very few...

Take Instruction Only As Directed

Take Instruction Only as Directed The late renowned golf coach Harvey Penick was known for likening instruction to medicine.  He would caution his students that when he gave them instruction to “not take the whole bottle.”  He also warned against taking...

Mental Toughness

Mental Toughness Recently, I have had two separate discussions, one with a high school football coach, and another with the parent of a young athlete, about sports and toughness.  In both conversations, the individual with whom I was speaking touted sports as the last...

Taking A Break

Taking A Break  Whenever we hear stories about an elite athlete and their rise to stardom, without fail we hear about the tireless devotion to their sport and hours upon hours of practice.  We are led to believe that they eat, drink, and sleep their sport, and it is...

Identifying Your Child’s Ideal Sport

Identifying your Child’s Ideal Sport As parents, it seems like the time we spend changing diapers and washing bottles is transformed overnight to shuttling our kids to various sporting events, watching them play, and maybe even contributing as a coach or other...

The Other Side of Facing Fear

The Other Side of Facing Fear This weekend, we went on a family camping trip to Inks Lake in Burnet, Texas.  At one end of Inks Lake is “The Devil’s Watering Hole,” a swimming area surrounded by cliffs.  Our six-year-old daughter Anna was excited...

Defining “Winning” For Young Athletes

Defining “Winning” for Young Athletes At a recent meet for my daughter’s swim team, I saw several youngsters who performed wonderfully in their events, but were nonetheless disappointed because other swimmers finished the heat ahead of them.  In...

Role Models and Sportsmanship

Role Models and Sportsmanship Those of you who have been following the NBA playoffs this season no doubt saw or heard about the Lakers’ unceremonious exit from the race, with very poor displays of sportsmanship by two of their players.  With the game quickly...