Category Archives: SPORTS ANXIETY, STRESS, PSYCHODYNAMICS

PSYCH YOURSELF FOR WINNING, BRADEN

Shooting Free Throws is an agonist-antagonist muscle phenomenon. Basketball player’s mind set must be such, that the agonist muscle groups are free to glide smoothly through their Free Throw Shooting memory synchronies, unimpeded by the antagonist muscles. Basketball players must want to practice and have the correct mind set for shooting Free Throws. The importance […]

CHILD ATHLETE EMOTIONAL ABUSE TRICHOTILLOMANIA

Abstract “Despite improved legislation in most countries, child abuse in sport continues to exist but is a problem which is often under reported or ignored. In elite sport ‘suffering’ is not uncommon and hence sometimes child abuse is sometimes unrecognised, de-emphasised or easily dismissed as part of a collective experience that is perceived to be […]

ATHLETE MENTAL TOUGHNESS, SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

ATHLETE MENTAL TOUGHNESS, SPORT PSYCHOLOGY; first published 9/17/2009; updated, edited and republished 4/15/2013 We’ve all heard in the coach’s post-game interview “we just weren’t tough enough tonight”, “we got to get tougher” and other references to their “athletes’ inadequate toughness”. Coaches throw that word, Toughness, around frequently. Self-centered, intimidating coaches seldom say “I haven’t coached-them-up […]

WHAT MOTIVATES ATHLETES?

WHO, WHAT, WHEN AND WHERE MOTIVATES ATHLETES ? There are two fundamental types of Motivation. • Positive Motivation • Negative Motivation Positive Motivation is the preferred method of Psychology. Positive Motivation enhances the participation in sport because it encourages playing for the Love of the Game. Pleasure is the fundamental emotional driving force. Negative Motivation […]

ATHLETE MENTAL TOUGHNESS, SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY

Champions have a competitive advantage. How does an athlete develop a competitive advantage rather than the weakness of a mental Achilles’ Heel? Mental Athlete Toughness is the competitive advantage. Mental Athlete Toughness is derived from the love, passion, soul and spirit for the game. MAT is inspired by a mentor, credible, truthful, and trustworthy coach […]

ATHLETE PSYCHODYNAMICS

PASSION IN SPORT Abstract; Vallerand et al. (2003) developed a dualistic model of passion, wherein two types of passion are proposed: harmonious passion (HP) and obsessive (OP) passion that predict adaptive and less adaptive interpersonal outcomes, respectively. In the present research, we were interested in understanding the role of passion in the quality of coach-athlete […]