Mental Skills Training

Resonance breathing –    Respiration regulates body chemistry. Diaphragmatic, or ‘belly’ breathing corrects maladaptive breathing patterns and lowers anxiety when needed.

Visualization of positive performance – Imagery that uses all the senses is used to mentally rehearse the motor sequences and emotional states of performing at your best. When it comes time to perform under pressure, athletes “have seen this movie lots of times before”.

Negative thought management and refocusing – Become physically unaffected by negative thoughts through the use of mindfulness and  pre-set mental routines. Practice refocusing your attention to an important aspect of your task in our sessions and in your sport practices.

Autonomic self-regulation –   Visual and auditory computer feedback is used to train emotional states, thinking patterns and arousal levels. Learn to influence your physiology through video games that are driven by your intensity or calmness, and then wean off the external feedback so that you can do it on your own.

Self-talk narrative –   Creation and rehearsal of a script for peak performance, including a game plan for recovering from setbacks. Plan ahead in the form of a story you tell yourself.

Communication for good relationships – Methods of interacting with people important to you that help them motivate you and enhance your performance.

Relationships matter. Learning how to help others help you brings confidence and support.

Team chemistry –   Diverting personal identity into the team mission can produce performances that are greater than the sum of the individuals. Team cohesion can dispel pressure, increase accountability, and make goal attainment much more likely.

Concentrating female runner
Learn the principles of mental toughness training.