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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 wins Championships – Duke/Wisconsin


That's the moment you dream of when you're a little kid, just stepping up and making a play." - Duke's Tyus Jones. There are definitely times when the NCAA men's basketball championship fails to live up to the hype created by three weeks of exciting action. While some pundits were looking for a Kentucky / Duke matchup in the 2015 version of the contest, Wisconsin / Duke prevailed. Both #1 … [Read more...]


Being Tough under Pressure


“If you make every game a life and death proposition, you’re going to have problems. For one thing, you’ll be dead a lot” – Dean Smith Hitting a game winning three-pointer is a much better feeling than bricking a layup to cost your team a victory but in a weird way emphasizing wins less probably leads to more of them. We've all heard the stories about great competitors and how they have to … [Read more...]


Still Tough at 52


“If you're trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I've had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” — Michael Jordan. Turning 52 today was Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan. Also known as “Air Jordan”, “His Airness” and simply as “MJ”, the … [Read more...]


Remembering Jerry Tarkanian

"The secret is to have eight great players and four others who will cheer like crazy." Jerry Tarkanian Passing on recently was former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. He was 84. Helping a number of college players with their basketball mental game, Coach Tarkanian had a long and prosperous coaching career. Winning 706 games during his time as a Division I college coach, Coach … [Read more...]


Mental Toughness – The Dean Smith Way

"I think the real free person in society is one that's disciplined. It's the one that can choose; that is the free one." Dean Smith Although athletic ability is important, basketball mental toughness is truly what separates good from great. Coaching young talent is never an easy task, as it requires a thorough understanding of basketball psychology and the mental game of basketball. Passing … [Read more...]