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The Mental Athleteby Kay Porter
Synopses & Reviews
Improved mental ability means improved sports performance. Athletes who excel do so not just because of their physical abilities but because of their mental awareness, preparation, and skills as well. The Mental Athlete will help improve your overall performance by providing the tools, guidance, and practical insight you need to sharpen your mental skills.
This conditioning manual for the mind will help you
-further enhance mental strengths and address weaknesses through effective self-assessments, -increase confidence in personal abilities and avoid the fear of failure, -heighten awareness of inner-thought processes and learn ways to improve them, and -be free of inhibitions to initiate action and to respond intuitively and positively to challenges.
No matter what sport you play and at what level you play, you will find this practical, reader-friendly book useful because it not only lets you know what you need to do to improve your mental abilities, but it also shows you how to improve them. It contains exercises, tests, and worksheets that help you move through the steps of mental achievement.
In addition, The Mental Athlete contains the following features:
-Sections that cover specific sports and issues-Sport-specific visualizations for football, soccer, volleyball, and many other sports-Information on issues such as team building; recovering from injuries; and letting go of mistakes, losses, anger, and fear
Take full advantage of your physical skills by fully developing your mental skills--the aim of The Mental Athlete
Book News Annotation:
Intended to help athletes improve their overall performance by sharpening their minds, this guide explains the utility of keeping journals, setting goals, self-talk, relaxation exercises, and visualizations. Self-assessment tests, exercises, and wor ksheets move the reader through the steps of the achievement process. Porter is a trainer, counselor, and consultant.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Master mental skills and improve performance.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 205) and index.
Table of Contents
Essentials for effective mental training — Developing mental training skills — Gauging your mental aptitude — Taking steps toward positive thinking — Preparing your mind and body for mental training — Unleashing the power of the mind — Optimizing your performance — Troubleshooting performance blocks — Mental training for specific needs — Mental training for life.
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