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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.


Everyone Experiences Pre Game Jitters


“I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus.” - Micheal Jordan Some athletes experience gitters as early as the day prior to the game, others, on the morning of the game and most athletes experience gitters during the pre-game warm up. The … [Read more...]


The Myth of Perfection


“There is no such thing as a perfect basketball player, and I don't believe there is only one greatest player either.” - Michael Jordan We have all heard that age old adage that “practice makes perfect” and to some extent most of us not only believe it but also aim to achieve perfection whenever venturing out on the court. The problem with this approach is that there is no such thing as a … [Read more...]


What Are You Focusing On?


“I would tell players to relax and never think about what’s at stake. Just think about the basketball game. If you start to think about who is going to win the championship, you’ve lost your focus.” – Michael Jordan Have you ever wonder about why it is that certain athletes seem to elevate their game or usually manage to stay composed and focused during moments of high intensity on the court; … [Read more...]


Establish Process Goals in 4 Steps.


“The idea is not to block every shot. The idea is to make your opponent believe that you might block every shot.” - Bill Russell When it comes to on court performance, basketball mental toughness is a key trait for every athlete. Many athletes can get swept up in the plethora of emotions and thoughts that are generated in the build up to and when competing on the court; often resulting in a dip … [Read more...]


Practice Mindset vs. Performance Mindset


"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." – John Wooden Basketball mental toughness often makes the difference between two opposing teams or individual players. The type of mindset that is carried onto the court will directly impact a team’s or an athlete’s ability to perform as well … [Read more...]