Emotional Composure – A Skill

Emotions play a central role in sport performance.  Feelings or emotions such as determination to hit the next shot, frustration at a poor call, or guilt for a poor pass, can have different impacts on play.  Athletes and other individual can learn to manage their emotions in ways that improve performance and the overall quality of experience.   A great demonstration on the value of emotional agility in sport was when the Canadian Woman’s Hockey team won the gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.   Canada had thirteen penalties called against them by the American referee.  The...

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Relax for Speed, Concentration and Recovery- The Mental Performance Skill No Hockey Player Wants to be Without

You train your physical game, but what are you doing to train your mental game? To perform consistently at your best, especially in key moments, developing mental skills, such as exercises promoting relaxation can help to stave off unproductive tension, and give you an edge in your ability to direct energy from pressure into positive performance. There is an old saying, “tension kills speed”. Developing these skills not only help you deal with pressure, but also contribute to speed and responsiveness on the ice. As a mental performance consultant, I work with athletes from a variety of sport...

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Innovation PEI invests in the Ahead Mind Sport Training app

  Innovation PEI has invested in the Ahead Mind Sport Training cell phone app designed by Island sports psychology business Ahead In the Game. “Athletes need to train for mental fitness just like they train for physical fitness if they want to achieve peak performance,” says Tara Costello, president of Ahead In The Game. “It’s a real honour to have Innovation PEI’s support to build a broad audience of Canadian athletes who are committed to developing their mental game.” The Ahead Sport Mind Training app is designed for both elite athletes who want to take their mental game...

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Follow link below for Six Mental Performance Tips for A.Q.H.A. Competitors

Six Mental Performance Tips for A.Q.H.A. Competitors http://www.aheadinthegame.ca/2015-aqha-world-congress%20/

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What mindset should I have for practicing golf?

Another great question Research supports that in order to become excellent in any sport domain or area of life, we need to have quality practice.  One researcher Dr. Ericsonn studied expert performance, his research suggests we need 10,00o hours of deliberate practice to become expert in what we do. There is some debate on this topic as to the exact nature of the 10,000 see link below. However, one thing we know for sure, quality practice builds competence and confidence.  A few recommendations to consider for improving and enhancing the quality of your practice. 1 – Sounds like a no-brainer...

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Is it better to be very excited or more level with your emotions on the golf course?

Great question! First of all, it is important to be yourself, to have authentic reactions, and then learn to respond in ways that are constructive.  We all have emotions, and emotions are part of the passion you have for performance.  So, it is ok to have some emotional reaction.  The problem lies in when you feel a round is a complete emotional roller coaster, and the highs are too high and the lows are too low.   These kind of emotional reaction will likely impede performance.   Learning to channel emotional energy constructively so that your emotions support performance is the ability you...

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