Mentally Fit

Episode #52: How Can Your Athlete Build Their Mental Muscle?

  How important is it for your athlete to learn how to train their brain? Is it actually the most important skill?   Listen in as I talk with Austin Byler (who played for the Arizona Diamondbacks) as he shares his experience.   Austin gives us some mental training tips and tools that you and your athlete can use to get started training your brain today!   Austin and I discuss…   His mission for Major League University and what “Rewrite Your Destiny” means for an athlete.   When he started taking mental training seriously and why he didn’t own it earlier in his journey.   When an athlete is injured, why mental skills are so important.   His best advice for athletes and parents as they help their athletes navigate their own sports journey.   BIO: From Peoria, Arizona Part of a Family of 7 2014: Mountain West Conference:…

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How Do You Help Your Child With the Letdown of Being Sent to the Bench?

    No athlete enjoys getting benched. My son was benched in basketball. My daughter was benched in volleyball. My other daughter was benched in softball.   It happens to every athlete sooner or later.     No matter what reason the coach gives–if he even gives one–getting benched is hugely disappointing to most athletes and spirit-crushing to others.     As a parent, how can you best help your child deal with this let-down?   Acknowledge their disappointment.   It’s a big deal to them–don’t diminish that. They are embarrassed, maybe even humiliated. Their competitive spirit has been injured.   Every athlete is different, but we found with our three kids that it was best to not say anything until the sting had worn off. And then, we expressed sorrow for their disappointment, love for them, and pride in their efforts.   Pinpoint the problem.   Once they are…

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Episode #45: What 3 Questions Should Every Sports Parent Ask Their Athlete?

    The topic of confidence always seems to surface when taking with other sports parents. How can my athlete be more confident…what about when my athlete loses confidence?   But are we even asking the right questions or is there something else we should be asking?   In today’s huddle, I talk with Kathy Feinstein, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Sports Performance Consultant, about mental health and mental performance, both for our athlete and for ourselves. She gives us very practical ways to increase our own awareness and to help our athlete increase their awareness, too.   Kathy and I discuss…   Who she is, what she does and why she does it.   How her daughter’s sports performance anxiety (and the lack of resources available) sparked her interest in sport’s psychology.   Why self-reflection is the first place for us to start so we can be our…

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Episode #41: Do You Know Your Athlete’s Triggers?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle: Do you know your athlete’s triggers? What makes them anxious? Are you saying or doing things that actually hurt them when your intentions are to help? In today’s huddle, I talk with Teisha Womack, who played college basketball at Seton Hall and then professionally in Poland. She went on to get her Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology and now works with athletes on improving their mental skills. Teisha and I discuss… Who she is, what she does and why she does it. How her “nervous energy” as a teenager affected her as an athlete and how, even though she did well, she struggled with the anxiety. How her brain would shut down once she reached a level that was “unknown” to her and how this might be happening to your athlete, too. How we think becomes our behavior and can lead to physical…

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