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    What’s Basketball Psychology?

    There are many psychology tools you can apply in basketball. Basketball psychology is the study of a person’s behavior in a sport or sports-related activity. It is a specialization that seeks to understand psychological/mental factors that affect performance in sports, physical activity, and exercise. You’ll learn goal setting, relaxation, visualization, self-talk, concentration, confidence, using rituals, attribution training, awareness and control.  Read more about Basketball Psychology

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    Mental Game Coaching for Basketball

     At Living Well Centre in the Sport Psychology Division, we help athletes improve their mental skills needed to perform well in practice and in competition.  We help athletes by identifying thoughts and/or fears that limit their performance.  Basketball Psychology Coach D. Coffey, MA, LPA, MGCP is a Psychologist who specializes in sport and fitness psychology, mental game coaching, and mental health services. Read more about Basketball Psychology Coaching

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    Basketball Psychology Programs

    Our team will provide you with the skills needed to reach Peak Performance in basketball. We offer: On-on-One Mental Game Coaching, Team Mental Game Coaching, Coaching Consultation, and Coaching for Parents. We offer three, six or twelve month packages. Our mental game coaching programs are ideal for serious athletes who want to uncover the mental game barries that limit their performance. Click here to learn more about our Mental Coaching Programs.


Mental Toughness in the NCAA


“Congratulations to the UConn Huskies for winning the 2014 NCAA National Championship!" "My compliments also to coach Geno Auriemma for winning his ninth national title. He has accomplished this feat in record time." Summit Basketball is as much a mental game as it is a physical game and that was proven in the 2014 NCAA National Championship games. The University of Connecutie men and women … [Read more...]


How Confidence Supports Composure


“Good judgment, common sense, and reason all fly out the window when emotions kick down your door.” – John Wooden* In basketball, mental toughness is essential for a player to persevere. The environment on the court only allows for the most composed competitors to succeed. The capacity to control feelings and thoughts is essential for upholding poise, and is vital for mental … [Read more...]


A Coffey Note – Zone like Focus


The ability to have a zone like focus is an important part to developing a strong mental game in basketball. Players often focus on things they cannot control. They worry about things such as the other team, what people are saying or even the crown intensity. This type of focus has no value. It actually hurts the player, destroys confidence and interferes with developing basketball mental … [Read more...]


A Coffey Note – Trust Your Skills


A Coffey Note - Trust is very important in the mental game of basketball and improving basketball mental toughness. The importance of trust is often underestimated. Teammates should always trust each other and you should trust that you will perform well in order to be successful. If you don’t trust your skills it will often causes poor performance, especially in key situations. Remember, … [Read more...]


The Importance Composure Plays on Your Game


“Good judgment, common sense, and reason all fly out the window when emotions kick down your door.” – Hall of Fame coach John Wooden The pressure of competition creates an atmosphere where only the mentally tough athletes find the most success. The ability to control emotions and thoughts is necessary for maintaining composure, and essential for developing mental focus on the basketball court. … [Read more...]