Bring Your "A" Game

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-01
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr

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Mental training is just as important as physical training when it comes to success in sport. And like physical fitness, mental toughness is something that can be taught and learned. Yet many young athletes have not learned the psychological skills needed to develop their best game. This book was written specifically for young athletes interested in improving their performance and reaching their potential in sport. Bring Your A” Gameintroduces key strategies for mental training, such as goal setting, pre-performance routines, confidence building, and imagery. Each of the seventeen chapters focuses on a single mental skill and offers key points and exercises designed to reinforce the concepts. The book encourages athletes to incorporate these mental skills into their daily lives and practice sessions so that they become second nature during competition. Whether used at home by student athletes or assigned by coaches as part of team development,Bring Your A” Gamewill help young performers develop a plan for success and learn to deal with the challenges of pursuing excellence in sport.

Author Biography

Jennifer L. Etnier is associate professor of kinesiology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A soccer player and former coach, she leads sport psychology seminars for the United States Soccer Federation and is a consultant to professional athletes.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
What Does It Take to Perform at a High Level in Sport?p. 5
Physical Characteristicsp. 9
Technical Skills and Tactical Abilitiesp. 23
Selecting a Coach and Teamp. 36
Mental Toughnessp. 46
Goal Settingp. 51
Outcome Goals versus Process Goalsp. 70
Attributionsp. 83
Self-Talkp. 94
Controlling the Controllablesp. 102
Energy Managementp. 109
Pre-Performance Routinesp. 125
Imageryp. 135
Burnoutp. 145
Confidence Building and Maintenancep. 157
Sacrifices, Balance, and Dealing with Disappointments and Adversityp. 165
Dealing with Parentsp. 177
Conclusionp. 187
Acknowledgmentsp. 190
Note to Coachesp. 191
Note to Parentsp. 193
Indexp. 195
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