The KEY to Training While Injured

The KEY to Training While Injured

At some point in your skating career you may experience an injury and the slew of emotions that accompany this experience are palpable. Frustration, anger, sadness to name a few are felt by your “whole team” (mom, dad, coach, family pet!, etc). You want to keep...
5 Mistakes you may be making with Your Skater

5 Mistakes you may be making with Your Skater

1. Focusing on their Mistakes Most skaters are perfectionists so they already focus on their flaws. When you point them out this only emphasizes the obvious and makes them feel worse. It can be very easy to notice the mistakes on a jump or in a program. Model the kind...
Define a Mentally strong Performance

Define a Mentally strong Performance

What I consider to be a mentally strong performance may surprise you. It is not a clean skate every time! In fact, there may be several mistakes. It is how you respond once a mistake is made that is how you define a mentally strong performance.   An Olympic Example...
Knowing your Confident Athlete Avatar

Knowing your Confident Athlete Avatar

Your CAA Do you know your Confident Athlete Avatar? CAA is an acronym I have coined that is short for Confident Athlete Avatar. I have been using this tool with my athletes a lot lately, especially since returning to training after the Christmas holidays. As a team,...
When Facts Trump Positivity

When Facts Trump Positivity

A call with one of my skaters recently got me thinking about the unrealistic expectation we put on ourselves to be positive all the time. As soon as I arrived on the call with her I could sense her energy was low. She has been training for her biggest competition of...
Are there Emotional Consequences to “Playing the Game”?

Are there Emotional Consequences to “Playing the Game”?

It is becoming evident that the scoring system is rewarding quality of jumps over quantity. Skaters are being rewarded for performing less challenging elements at a higher quality than for trying more challenging elements with the risk of mistakes. I am sure this...