Mental Coach Articles

Ken Ravizza on the Importance of Observation

Ken Ravizza

How Observation Helps Mental Coaches I had the pleasure to interview my friend and mentor, Dr. Ken Ravizza a few years ago as we were preparing for the Peaksports bookcamp… I asked him who influenced him the most in his career. Back when Ken started teaching, sports psychology didn’t exit, but he was influenced by authors, such as Eleanor Mathini, …

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Assessing Mental Training Effectiveness

Golf Mental Coaching

Tracking Mental Skills Improvement How do you track your athletes’ improvement and quantifying the effectiveness of mental training? One problem with mental coaching is measuring the effectiveness of your programs with your athletes… You have to rely on self-reports from athletes unless you can use some solid statistical evidence for improvement. A problem with self-reports is that they’re not always …

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4 Tips to Help Athletes Stay Committed to Mental Training

Mental Training Commitment

Help Your Athletes Stay Committed to Mental Training One of the keys to success for any coach, particularly a mental coach, is the ability to help athletes stay committed to their training. Factors That Hurt Commitment for Athletes 4 Ways to Help your Athletes Stay Committed Learn A Mental Training System Your Athletes Will Stay Committed To: With the right …

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5 Challenges for Sports Psychology Experts

Gaining Credibility as a Mental Coach I know first-hand that it’s hard to promote yourself as a mental coach. Personally, I was not trained in business acumen when studying sports psychology in school. And who has the time to promote and advertise their business? Based on my survey with mental coaches, here are the top 5 challenges for mental coaches …

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Is Lack of Consistency a Focus Problem?

Mental Coach Certification

Helping Athletes Improve Consistency A current MGCP student asked the following question: “When an athlete says he lacks consistency in his game, do you investigate this by drilling down to find out more or assume it must be due to a focus/concentration issue?” When athletes perform inconsistently, it’s not always due to a lack of focus. However, coaches and parents …

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Athletes Using Routines or Superstitions?

Routines and Superstitions

Use Preshot Routines to Improve Consistency I was asked the following question by a recent MGCP graduate about routines… “How do you explain, in concrete words to athletes, how a preshot routine helps performance versus superstitions?” Do your athletes have to eat the exact same meal for good luck prior to competition like Wade Boggs did? Do you athletes have …

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