WIDE SPORTS-SCIENCE: PROGRESSIVE PSYCHOLOGY
DOING SPORT DIFFERENTLY - DOING IT BETTER
Advancing mental skills
If sport psychology hasn't worked for you before, that's because few, if any, sport psychs use the most up-to-date psychologies; they're Blockbuster sport psychs, not Netflix ones.
To be so accurate Blockbuster sport psychologists can only measure tiny, minute micro-dots and there is little sense of how to connect them: to the body as a whole, to each other or to everyday real-life, all of which is what counts.
Netflix, or the most progressive psychologies join with sociology for a deeper understanding of how everyday real-life effects us—in theoretical, rigorous, evidence-based ways—reveals many unseen “things” holding even the very best athletes back: hence Broader Thinking.
- Numbers and data are not necessarily bad, but can just as easily restrict performance because this data-technology gives control to something else:
..as much mental "dependence"... as mental "toughness".
- Training mental skills is also not necessarily bad but an just as easily give athletes more not less to think about:
..as much mental "paralysis"... as mental "freedom".
- Mental toughness, discipline or increasing motivation is also not bad, but never having met an athlete that wanted to do badly, any mis-placed intensity can easily overlook important cues: ..as much mental "stubbornness"... as mental "clarity".
We don't do mental skills or counselling because we don't believe athletes are the problems they often think they are: we broaden awareness.
FRESH, UNIQUE AND PIONEERING
SPORT PSYCHO/SOCIOLOGY & PERFORMANCE
This has been the best class offered to us at the entire school because it's changed what I thought was possible.
Rachel Wilson, graduate sport psychology student, University of Denver
Examples of broader thought...
For every winner many, many more athletes don't succeed, and who is to say those winners couldn't have won by more? So be careful copying! Take a look at these confusing sporting questions as yet more examples. How will you do better? If you're not sure, contact us.
- While ‘proper-preparation-prevents-VERY-poor-performance’ and athletes have a raft of technologies helping; robotic, stale, careless
and thoughtless performances are endemic.
- Athletes are often taught to 'get in the zone' by stopping thought or ‘letting it happen’: processes that require thought!
- Despite strength training, athletes seem to suffer more injury, pain or movement restrictions than ever?
- How does using different scales and measures to test an athlete’s anxiety, motivation,confidence, concentration, etc; or knowledge
gathered in a lab transfer to the real world, the pitch, the track etc..?
- How do athletes deal with knowing that they need to be psyched-up as well as being cool, calm and not over-emotional to perform well?
- How do athletes take control of their training and performance if all that they know comes from their coaches?
EXCELLENCE TODAY REQUIRES MORE THOUGHT THAN EFFORT
... OR EFFORT THAT IS THOUGHT
I don't think I've ever been sad that a class was ending before... but I am for this one,
it was contagious, a springboard for more!
Kristen Baker , Youth Gymnastics Manager, University of Denver