Naomi Osaka: Supporting Athletes Through Mental Training

Naomi Osaka: Supporting Athletes Through Mental Training

The headline states: “Tennis Star, Naomi Osaka, withdraws from the French Open for mental health reasons.” The story is, she requested to not speak to the press during the event due to her anxiety and discomfort with public speaking. Instead of respecting...
Bust through your Fear and Build Confidence

Bust through your Fear and Build Confidence

When you come up against a challenging situation, fear can often get in the way. Discomfort masks itself as fear when you try to do things differently than before. Your unconscious mind may race with thoughts of “what if” and future thinking that create physical...
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...