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?...

Understanding And Avoiding Choking Under Pressure

If you are a golf fan, you no doubt watched or read about Rory McIlroy.  If you didn’t, he is the young Irish golfer who was leading this year’s Master’s tournament by four strokes going into the final round.  Following rounds of 65, 69, and 70...

Understanding And Overcoming Performance Anxiety – Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 in the series “Understanding and Overcoming Performance Anxiety.”  So far we have discussed the basics of performance anxiety as well as reducing the cognitive load of the athletic task so that performance is less likely to be adversely...

Overcoming Performance Anxiety – Part 2

Overcoming Performance Anxiety In the last post, I introduced the topic of performance anxiety.  If you recall, there are two basic ways to reduce anxiety to a manageable level in athletic competition: reduce the cognitive load of the athletic task and/or reduce the...

Overcoming Performance Anxiety

Understanding and Overcoming Performance Anxiety Anyone who has participated in a competitive sport at any level has likely experienced performance anxiety at one point or another.  We also know that it is not unique to sports.  It also occurs in such activities...