Mental, Emotional, and Physical Conditioning from One of the World's Premier Sports Psychologists
Author: James E. Loehr
Publisher: Plume Books
Category: Sports & Recreation
Loehr, author of the bestselling Mental Toughness Training for Sports, has trained more than 100 world-class athletes, from tennis ace Martina Navratilova to boxer Ray Mancini. This book--based on Loehr's toughening techniques--as well as the most scientific studies available--includes a whole new range of programs and goals for any athlete, professional or amateur. 20 photos.
Mental toughness is one of the most common terms used in sport – by athletes, coaches, spectators and the media. However, it is also one of the least understood terms. This book examines the characteristics and development of mentally tough sport performers, and presents the cutting-edge research in this area. Within these chapters, the author proposes that mental toughness is a personality style and mindset, and presents a compelling case for its inclusion within the positive psychological paradigm. This second edition has been updated to include new material on the characterisation, conceptualisation, measurement, and development of mental toughness. As in the first edition the book includes a historical overview of empirical research, and also describes the conceptual arguments behind this research. Now packed with even more rigorous scientific evidence and bang up-to-date anecdotes from the world of sport, the book presents a fascinating explanation of why some athletes are successful, and how and why they stay on top. Mental Toughness: The Mindset Behind Sporting Achievement will be essential reading for all sport psychology, sport science, sport studies, and coaching students.
Now with the growth of commercialisation, football is a multi-billion pound business that competes for scarce resources and uses, amongst other things, professional management techniques. Because of the increase and push towards efficiency, it has become of greater interest to players, coaches, administrators, spectators and owners to identify psychological attributes and mental skills associated with superior sport performance as a primary stage of facilitating their development. However, there has been little research into the emotional factors affecting footballers at different levels, in particular, the mental toughness and hardiness of footballers. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relationship between mental toughness and hardiness of footballers and the level of football at which they perform. Mental toughness was assessed using the Psychological performance inventory. Hardiness was assessed using the Personal views survey III-R. Participants in the present study were 61 footballers from various clubs and 2 levels of performance: Playing recreational or elite football.Results are discussed relative to previous findings relevant to mental toughness and hardiness and future implications to aid the psychological development of footballers playing at different levels. Future research might concentrate further on psychological skills training, coping strategies and psychological preparation strategies in a wider variation of sports specific to a wider range of athletes, from grass roots to international level.
“Dr. Bell’s book does a terrific job at breaking down the tools you need and to practice to become a mentally tough competitor.” –John Dal Corobbo- 2009 Indiana PGA Teacher of the Year " Mental Toughness Training for Golf is an excellent resource for coaches and players of all levels. Dr. Bell has done an excellent job compiling diverse and practical philosophies with a proven track record of success. Mental toughness and effective training is the final frontier of coaching our sport." -O.D. Vincent- 1999 National Coach of the Year " Dr. Rob has developed a road map for success. He has helped me numerous times and is very insightful about what it takes for every player to reach their full potential." -Mark Guhne- Three Time Southern Conference Coach of the Year “The practice ideas and tournament mental processes that Dr. Rob Bell reveals in this book are incredibly valuable to a player, coach, or parent. A "must read,” for anyone looking to develop mental toughness.” –Randy Wylie- Golf Digest “Best Teachers in State” Mental Toughness Training for Golf illustrates how to maximize our preparation. In this cutting edge book, you'll learn how great coaches and players create pressure in practice, how to build a human taproot, why suffering is needed, and the don'ts of mental toughness.
Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal
Author: Jim Loehr
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
A personal energy training program outlines strategies on how to prevent burnout and improve productivity, discussing such areas as how to work with four key sources of energy, balancing stress and recovery, expanding capacity, and implementing positive routines. Reprint. 60,000 first printing.
Serious Tennis is the most comprehensive tennis resource, containing expert instruction on each facet of the game. Learn with the world's top instructors as they provide insights into modern tennis technique, training methods, and match strategy. Combining the sport's latest physical conditioning methods with its most advanced mental training techniques, this book enables you to reach your full potential, regardless of skill level. Top international tennis instructor Scott Williams presents his SMARTS system for perfecting stroke technique. The system includes the following: - Seeing - Movement - Adjusting - Rotation - Transfer - Swing In Serious Tennis, Williams breaks down the four main skill groups in the SMARTS system: stroking skills, playing skills, mental skills, and preparatory skills. He then identifies three phases of development-the core phase, the mileage phase, and the fine-tuning phase-that all players should follow to improve their game. During the first phase, stroking and playing skills are sharpened on the practice court. Once in the mileage phase, techniques such as consistency, placement, and court positioning are tested during game situations. The fine-tuning phase focuses on preparatory skills such as conditioning, nutrition, sleep, and the mental skills you need to consistently win. This approach allows intermediate and advanced players to be in a continual mode of physical and mental progression to truly enhance their skills and tactical understanding of the game. From improving shot selections to performing under pressure, this book covers every aspect of the game. Become the player you've always wanted to be with Serious Tennis.
Outlines a series of straightforward, 15-minute workouts that combine fat-burning and muscle-building movements for men who want to progress more quickly, in a reference by an award-winning coach that is complemented by nutritional guidelines. Original.
"This is a good little book to have as a resource for anyone who is a serious competitive runner." - Michelle Williams (Goodreads reviewer) "This was an excellent read. It was not a typical 'how to become a better runner' book." - Kristie Layne (Goodreads reviewer) "It is concise and easy to read with many helpful ideas about dealing with the potential mental pitfalls that tend to occur while running long distances. Highly recommended."- Sally Abercrombie (Goodreads reviewer) "Needed to read this! All the way through reading this book, I felt I was getting something new from it. I can suffer from excuse mode and this book has certainly helped me look at ways of overcoming this and pushing through it." - Lynda Gilroy (Amazon.co.uk reviewer) Mental toughness is a must for success in distance running. But who can afford to hire a sports psychologist to learn the fundamentals necessary to succeed? Most running books unwisely focus on the physical side of running, but this book will help you uncover your mental skills and teach you techniques to strengthen your mental toughness. It contains detailed sections on motivation, performance anxiety, athletic pain, and race strategy. You will learn the mental skills necessary to better motivate yourself, overcome pain, perform better in races, and gain more enjoyment from running. In short, it will help you become the best distance runner you can be.