Feb
20

Build Confidence & Let go of Perfection

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“Perfection is impossibility but striving for perfection is not. Do the best you can. That is what counts”--- John Wooden Is perfectionism in basketball is a highly desirable trait that ensures high standards and utter reliability—or a mental game handicap of dithering, delay, and delusions? Is it a healthy drive or self-destructive? According to sports psychologist for basketball, … [Read more...]

Feb
13

Performing Under Pressure

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“Everything negative - pressure, challenges - are all an opportunity for me to rise”--- Kobe Bryant Most athletes in the world from high school to college, from professional to Olympian, one time or another, has choked under pressure. Sometimes, they are able to bounce back. Other times, a botched play can haunt an athlete for the rest of his or her career, such as John Carney of the New … [Read more...]

Feb
06

The Mental Game Secrets of LeBron James

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“I like criticism. It makes you mentally strong”--- LeBron James It is a widely understood fact that the difference between world class athletes like LeBron James and other great athletes is their ability to control their emotions and get "in the zone." However, we rarely understand or discuss the importance of basketball mental game. LeBron James is undeniably the best basketball player in … [Read more...]

Jan
30

Physical Fitness Improves Performance

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“Being afraid on the court means you’re not confident of your skills” – Michael Jordan A young athlete goes through many challenges in the basketball mental game through the growth and development process. With the trend towards early sport specialization becoming more prevalent in the youth athlete, it is important to ensure that individuals are competent in a broad spectrum of movements so … [Read more...]

Jan
23

Avoiding Distractions to Build Confidence

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“Confidence is what happens when you’ve done the hard work that entitles you to succeed” – Pat Summitt You’re not alone when it comes to distractions. It’s not easy to stay focused and on track with what goes on in the basketball mental game, but great basketball players are able to do it. The question is: why them and not you? We control the directions of our energies. To develop new … [Read more...]