Quieting Distractions: Skaters’ Reflections from Worlds

Quieting Distractions: Skaters’ Reflections from Worlds

After watching the World Figure Skating Championships I was left wondering how the athletes coped with distractions. Every competition presents distractions but this one was different. For many skaters this was their first competition of the season. They were...
A Light Bulb went on in her Brain

A Light Bulb went on in her Brain

I live for moments when an athlete makes the connection between the work they are doing and the impact it has on their performance. That was the case recently. My athlete shared with me that she completed a clean program this week in practice. During the performance,...
playing pool and Jumping

playing pool and Jumping

Popping jumps is an incredibly frustrating habit that many skaters struggle with. They open up in the air, not completing the required rotation on the jump. Almost every skater I work with has experienced this problem in their training. For years I have taught ways to...
Connecting Mind and Body in Training

Connecting Mind and Body in Training

Has your coach ever told you, “get in the zone”, or “stay in the moment”!? They mean that in order to perform your best you must stay present. From a mental training perspective this means performing from your conscious awareness. The best way...
A New Year but An Unfamiliar You

A New Year but An Unfamiliar You

Happy New Year! It is that time again. Everyone is in a mad frenzy setting goals, creating New Year’s resolutions, and attempting to eliminate old bad habits. I have been there, I have done that and, in the past, I have encouraged my athletes to do the same. This year...
You don’t need to Control your Competition Nerves!?

You don’t need to Control your Competition Nerves!?

What if you didn’t need to control your competition nerves? This is the question I am left asking after completing the Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement training course this past weekend. For years, I have been teaching athletes strategies to help them control...