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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.

Sep
18

Take Control of Your Confidence

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“When you go out on the court whether it be for the championship or just a scrimmage, have confidence that your abilities and what you’ve learned in your drills are better than your opponent’s. This does not mean you should disregard your opponent. Before taking the court for any game, you should do a lot of thinking about what you have to do to beat your opponent and what he must or can do to … [Read more...]

Sep
07

Striving for Success

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“I have always maintained that in basketball the importance of the mental to the physical is about four to one.” - Bobby Knight Basketball mental toughness is what separates the great athletes from the average athletes, the men from the boys and the women from the girls. Now, that statement might sound a bit gung-ho to some but let’s break down a few things further purely in terms of sports … [Read more...]

Aug
24

Eliminate Expectations that Cause Stress

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“If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” Michael Jordan Most athletes are not born with basketball mental toughness. The mind is similar to our muscles, in that, the more it is “exercised” the stronger and healthier it will become. At some stage an athlete may become aware of the patterns of their thoughts and in the ways … [Read more...]

Aug
15

Modifying Expectation

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“I know fear is an obstacle for some people, but it is an illusion to me . . . Failure always made me try harder next time.” - Michael Jordan Possessing the attribute of basketball mental toughness is often what separates the good athletes from the great athletes. Unlocking each athlete’s own unique basketball mind can assist an athlete in achieving an embryonic state of self-consciousness; … [Read more...]

Jul
28

Beliefs and Thoughts that Support Perfectionism

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“Do not permit what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” — John Wooden When it comes to sports psychology for basketball, expectations can be divided up into two types. Those are realistic and unrealistic expectations. Realistic expectations can be defined as things that an athlete can achieve within the confines of their own actual ability while in pursuit of their own realistic … [Read more...]