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Mental performance coaches are often tasked with educating the parents of young athletes of the benefits associated with mental skills training. However, it is in the context of how mental skills can help their children. This is no surprise as the parents of the athletes...

Recently, the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology published an article making suggestions about how to coach “Generation Z” (those born after 1996) athletes. The authors Gould, Nalepa, and Mignano (2020) specifically identified communication skills as a challenge for many Generation Z athletes, particularly face-to-face communication....

Why Is Resourcefulness a Critical Skill for College Athletes? Lindsey Hamilton, Assistant Head Coach of Mental Conditioning at the highly-respected IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, shared in a recent conversation with me on my Freshman Foundation podcast that the most successful college athletes exhibit resourcefulness. Well,...

I recently listened to Eric Cressey’s Elite Baseball Development podcast. His guest was Dusty Blake, pitching coach for Duke University’s baseball program. Coach Blake mentioned that one book he recommends to incoming freshmen is Chop Wood, Carry Water: How to Fall in Love with the...

Please check out this Shore Sports Network (SSN) article about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on athletes: https://shoresportsnetwork.com/athletes-and-coaches-feeling-the-sting-of-no-sports-on-the-schedule/ The article, authored by Vin Ebenau of SSN, draws from an interview that we recently conducted on this topic. I look forward to receiving your feedback....

Originally posted on the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) website on April 21, 2020: https://appliedsportpsych.org/blog/2020/04/motivating-your-kids-during-covid-19-homeschooling/ Parents and children alike have been thrust into a unique situation as a result of COVID-19 related school closings. Schools are implementing at-home instruction out of necessity, including daily instruction...