PETTLEP Model – a guide to effective visualization for optimizing performance

P          Physical  An extremely important aspect of imagery is physical / physiological nature of visualization.  It is not entirely different from physical practice in that you can have similar physical sensations.  Thus striving to physically feel the movements and muscles you will be using while performing is part of it.   E          Environment The visualization should be as real or close to the actual environment you will be competing or practicing in.  If you can be in the environment, the gymnasium, rink or pool that is preferable.  Otherwise do your best to get pictures or even...

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Optimizing Parental Roles and Positive Support for Young Swimmers

Parent Session for Charlottetown Bluephins Organization Jan. 16th – 7:00 – 8:30 pm Every young athlete has a story to build about their sport experience and parents play an important role in creating a positive one.  During this session we will explore how to best support young athletes in maximizing their sport experience.  Including parental influences on motivation, building positive coping skills, and how to help young athletes engage constructively in competition.  This session will be a combination of involvement, discussion and lecture. I look forward to meeting parents in...

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Mental performance coaching and test anxiety for board exams

Please share post with anyone who may struggle in this area! “My board exam was a big challenge for me. I knew the material but mentally- I was struggling. Test anxiety is something I’ve struggled with in my university years Ahead in the Game gave me the strength I needed, the mental tools I needed, and the confidence I needed to succeed. It made my experience of writing my national boards kind of enjoyable and I was eager, confident, and ready to take them on. She taught me to be brave. My only regret is that I didn’t seek Tara’s services earlier in my university...

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Two inspiring performances – hard word, dedictation, inspiration

Stacey Westfall, 2006 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wLikusmCEA Amazing Dressage Horse & Rider ~ see third you tube video http://stacywestfallhorseblog.com/2013/11/21/why-do-horses-swish-or-wring-or-use-their-tails-with-and-without-riders/  ...

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Sport psychology myths –

Two biggest sport psychology myths – Big myth #1 ~“That only athletes with mental health problems need sport psychology or mental performance support” In many sports, mental performance coaching is seen as part of the performance development formula.  Optimal Performance is a result of physical training + technical training + mental training + group functioning.  Just like you can improve physical aspects of your performance, you can also improve mental aspects. Improving mental skills such as breathing, visualization and competition planning will enhance performance focus. Big myth # 2 ~...

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Ride Every Stride

Happy New Year!!!  The 2014 Show Season is not so far away.  Here is an opportunity to raise your performance and motivation out of the saddle. Myself and Personal Trainer, Toby Peardon, are offering a pilot Mental and Physical Fitness Program for Riders called ‘Ride Every Stride’ in early 2014.  Toby Peardon, CSEP-CPT; CGFP; NBFL; Can-Fit PRO PTS Certified Personal Trainer with 20 years of experience writing and implementingindividualized and group fitness programs forchildren, teens, adults and seniors.  She has worked with a number individual equestrian clients here on PEI....

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