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It’s All In Your Head

“The mental part is the hardest part, and I think that’s what separates the good players from the great players.” - Michael Jordan

“All the time, we talk to our athletes about ‘move on to the next play,’ ‘make sure you envision this,’ ‘be in the zone,’ all of those different things. We always talk about it, but nobody teaches it. Nobody teaches the athlete how to move onto the next play, nobody teaches the athlete how to get in a zone…” - Eric Mangini (Ex-NFL coach and current NFL analyst)

An athlete learns, develops, and improves upon the skills needed to cultivate a strong mental game, it is not something they are born with. Young athletes tend to prioritize the technical skills, tactical strategy, and physical athleticism over the mental aspect of the sport. As these athletes age and mature the mental aspect begins to develop, and as Michael Jordan stated this is the aspect of the game that separates the good from the great.

Sports psychologists define mental toughness as “the ability to consistently perform toward the upper range of your talent and skill regardless of competitive circumstances.” No matter the circumstances from the eleventh hour of an Ironman, the eighteenth hour of an ultra-marathon, or the last thirty seconds of a sports game, mental toughness allows you to withstand the pain and suffering, while giving you the confidence to perform to your fullest potential resulting in a personal best, high place, or a win.

 One factor that separates the best from the rest is they know how to maintain focus, remain confident, and keep a positive mindset no matter the circumstances. These athletes handle the pressures of the sport all while thriving in the face of adversity.

Mental skills are learned, and can be improved with instruction and practice. At Athletic Edge, we work with serious athletes of all ages, abilities, and levels to help them learn or sharpen the nine mental skills that contribute to success in sports. These nine mental skills are not only important in sports, but can also be transferred into the business world as well.

Developing your mental skills it equips you with the tools needed to break through barriers that limit performance, helps athletes perform at their full potential, and achieve their performance goals. Mental training fosters the ability to “tune out” the worries of the sport and encourages the athlete to focus on playing the game and performing at their best.

Let Athletic Edge help you develop your mental game.