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6 Things to Consider for Training Camps

coaching team training Mar 15, 2018

"You win the fight in training camp, not on the day of the fight"

– Royce Gracie

 

Training Camps – the best and worst places for training and competition preparation. Some athletes love them, others loathe them. A necessary evil, a must and most of all, a time where both strong and weak performances are revealed and vulnerability is at its finest.

Bottom line – they can be extremely difficult and draining but rewarding all in one go. Whether you participate in an individual or team sport, preparing for big competitions is part of the process and most of all part of the sporting experience.

I have come to learn that it is in these environments (no matter what role you play as a coach, athlete or integrated support staff team member), where athlete growth takes off. It can be challenging to plan, prepare, participate and run training camps.

As a Sport Psychology Consultant, our role varies depending on what is being asked of us. Often, responsibility lies in...

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Imagery Training 101: Introducing Imagery to Young Athletes

coaching imagery youth Feb 12, 2018

Creating visual imagery is a state of mind. It involves the reproduction of what we see. But much more that that… it becomes an outlet to express feelings about what we experience – Tracy Sabin

Early research on imagery in sport by Mumford and Hall (1985) pointed out that effective imagery must include realistic elements of an athletic performance.  This means that all aspects of both training and competition should be included when practicing and utilizing imagery.

When presenting your imagery program, take time to explain the purpose of imagery to your athletes. Engage them in dialogue as to its significance, how it works (as a blueprint) and its specific uses. Each athlete should be encouraged to brainstorm individually where imagery might be useful for their particular sport, specific set of skills and elements of training. Depending on sport specific requirements, imagery can be used for technical training, rehearsal, relaxation scripts and preparation for...

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Do Your Athletes Have a Plan?

coaching ltad youth sport Jan 02, 2018

Preparing a Competition Plan for Youth Athletes – Make It Interactive!

"If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my axe." – Abraham Lincoln

Working with youth athletes is one of my favorite aspects in my role as a Sport Psychology Consultant. They are viscerally full of energy, extremely creative, and passionate about the simple aspects of sport. I see these traits as motivational and this engagement is an opportunity to translate their ambition into both training and competition.

Youth are exposed to a psychologically demanding environment unique to sport (Rowland, 1997) and each sport requires a different level of preparation and training (Watson, Blanksby, & Bloomfield, 1986).  Despite the challenges youth face, Weiss and Gould (1984) proposed that youth should be prepared to cope with the demands of competitive sport. Within our roles as coaches, sport psychology consultants and parents, we recognize that we are influential to...

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