Winning Under Pressure

Overcoming Pressure When it Matters Most

anxietyOvercoming “choking” under pressure is not quite as simple as “don’t try so hard.”  Every athlete’s situation will be somewhat different, both by virtue of what is going on internally as well as the demands of their specific sport.  However, a good mental coach can help you get to the bottom of your specific situation and help you develop techniques to perform well and win under pressure.

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 have heard...

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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...

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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?...

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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...

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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...

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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 however, disaster...

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Mental Roadblocks: An Autobiography

Mental Roadblocks As a child, bowling was my passion.  I practiced every chance I could, attended camps, and took in every bit of information that my coach was willing to share.  I bowled in several leagues each year, and my Dad drove me to tournaments all over the...

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Self-Confidence Is Everything

Confidence Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right.  -Henry Ford As athletes, we have all had those times when we were sure that the task before us was well within our abilities, and there were other times when we were not so sure.  You probably...

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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 affected. ...

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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...

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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...

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Focus On What You Can Control

Control is never achieved when sought after directly.  It is the surprising outcome of letting go. -James Arthur Ray Focus on What you can Control If you ask an athlete in a particular sport about what their goal is for a given game, the response will be predictable. ...

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Dr. Richard Temple, Ph.D., ABSP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist / Neuropsychologist
Board-Certified Sport Psychologist – American Board of Sport Psychology

706-B W. Ben White Blvd., Suite 120-B Austin, TX 78704