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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 Toolkit for Mental Toughness


“You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball.” Bobby Knight Bobby Knight, one of the all-time most decorated coaches in college basketball history, knows a thing or two about basketball mental toughness. Even amidst challenges such as hitting the winning shot from the dramatic venue of the free throw line, or fighting through the pain of illness or injury to … [Read more...]


A Recipe for Basketball Mental Toughness


“I’ve got a long way to go to being the ultimate best, but I think my time is now. And I’m starting to enter my prime”. Kevin Durant Confidence and dominance can seem like two unrelated components of basketball mental toughness but in reality, they could not possibly be more intertwined. Sports psychology for basketball holds several truths in regards to mental toughness – it is achieved … [Read more...]


The Mental Toughness of the Top-3 Draft Pick


“I can get better at everything I do, and I always improve.” Jahlil Okafor Having mental toughness is more than owning a strong mental game of basketball – it is proving one’s self time after time that an absolute mental confidence and resiliency are always present in the athlete’s With the recent professional basketball draft having occurred to much fanfare, acclaim, media coverage and … [Read more...]


The Draft: Only the Mentally Tough Survived


“Growing up and (being) from Chicago, Michael Jordan is everything there,” Kaminsky said. “He still is. I had all of his posters on my wall, ‘Space Jam’ was my favorite movie. It’s just crazy to me that he thought highly enough of me to pick me with the ninth pick in the Draft, and I’m just so grateful for him and for the opportunity.” Frank Kaminsky Playing professional basketball requires a … [Read more...]


Greatness and the Drive to be Mentally Tough


“When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time for me to move away from the game.” Michael Jordan Michael Jordan could write the definitive book on basketball mental toughness, being great, and the adversity that comes in the ongoing pursuit of athletic greatness. His quote is true, and the mental game of basketball is defined by … [Read more...]