Making Good Decisions in Poker

In sport psychology, emotions can be understood as different forms of energy. Learning to regulate and channel that energy effectively is one of the five core mental skills of high performance. Mental performance is optimized within an ideal energy zone, unique to each person. Too little energy, and performance will suffer due to boredom and … Continued

Preparing Mentally to Run Your Fastest Race

Most articles and blogs about running your best race give similar advice: Make sure to get there early, dont go out too fast, carbo-load, drink lots of water, get enough sleep, taper your training, lube up your nipples and thighs, etc. And if your goal is simply to enjoy the race and the atmosphere, then … Continued

Mental Tips for Young Golfers

The takeaway. The backswing. The transition. The downswing. The contact. The follow through. These are the mechanics of golf that are taught the first day someone picks up a club. Notice anything missing? The list above is comprised of physical components, but the mental piece fails to be mentioned. Recently, I traveled down to Florida … Continued

Greatest Athlete Quotes of All-Time

Most elite athletes know that in order to succeed at the highest level, they need to develop mental toughness, much like they build strength and agility, and master fundamental skills. With the help of performance coaching, mental conditioning, and sports psychology, athletes are constantly working on their ability to be more present in the moment, … Continued

Mental Conditioning Tips for Runners

While every runner is different, some aspects of mental conditioning are the same regardless of the individual. At SportStrata, we call these fundamental ideas and attitudes our performance pillars: Enjoyment, Objective Optimism, Present and Future Orientation, and Process Focus. We teach specific mental skills like self-talk and visualization with the understanding that they are in … Continued

Four Ways to Help Your Kid to Be the Best Player on the Team

When I watch my teenage daughter play basketball, I have to restrain myself from yelling instructions from the sidelines… And I am a sport and performance psychologist! We all want our kid to be the best they can be! It’s challenging to watch them struggle, lose, and just generally not live up to what we know … Continued