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Why We Need Sports

July 17, 2020

Most people today can agree that sports are a great and significant part of human culture. They’re fun, they’re exciting, they’re good for you, both for the players and the spectators alike. But, while these ideas seem self-evident, have you ever asked yourself if we need sports? Or, more specifically, why we need them?  This isn’t […]

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Discipline Equals Freedom – Your Path to Greatness

June 24, 2020

Discipline equals freedom. Have you heard this phrase before? If you’ve read the book Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Bain, then you are familiar with the concept and this post will be a refresher. Otherwise, you may be confused about the relationship between discipline and freedom. On the face of it, discipline and […]

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The Necessity of Surrender for Growth

June 18, 2020

The pursuit of mastery requires many things, but one of the most important is surrender, specifically, the necessity and willingness to surrender. It may sound strange, but surrender is actually necessary for victory. Now, this may be an unintuitive thought, but keep in mind what kind of surrendering we’re actually talking about. We don’t mean […]

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Choose To Be Tougher: Your Path To Mental Toughness

June 12, 2020

Being a competitor requires a certain level of toughness and courage. You have to be willing to risk failure without letting it affect your self-esteem or self-identity. That’s hard. Sometimes you may feel like a bad player, especially after a poor performance. But if you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know […]

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Black Lives Matter

June 5, 2020

As a sport psychology professional, I have an ethical obligation to address multicultural issues such as racism in our society. But I am also an Amercian and a human being, and given what is happening in America today, I want to communicate my thoughts on this topic and reiterate my firm belief that Black Lives […]

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Cyclist in the Tour de France, a centerpiece of a cheating scandal

A Look at Cheating in Sports

June 4, 2020

In the philosophy of sport, the issue of cheating takes a particular place of prominence. Every competitor, amateur or professional, has dealt with cheating in their sport and will continue to do so as long as the game is played. Now, everyone can agree that to cheat is to commit the highest form of moral […]

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Ink in water that resembles the brain, an obvious cornerstone of cognitive science

The Cognitive Revolution Hits Sports

May 11, 2020

Something really interesting happened in the world of psychology during the 1950s.  Students of psychology know it as: The Cognitive Revolution. Before this, a school of thought called “behaviorism” was rooted in the psychological status quo. This approach was, unsurprisingly, focused on the behavior of humans and animals.  Think of Pavlov’s famous experiment with the […]

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Children at play

Why Play is Necessary and Good for Humankind

April 29, 2020

Have you ever wondered just why it feels so good to participate in sport and competition?  Besides being so fun and all. Well, it unsurprisingly has a lot to do with play. See, play, for all intents and purposes, is just awesome all around.  It’s enjoyable, it’s liberating, it takes us outside the ‘ordinary’ world for just […]

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Empty seats in a stadium

What does a return to sports look like?

April 28, 2020

Depending on your location, your ability to train and compete has been restricted for up to eight weeks or more. And, you’re probably tired of the situation. I think we are all starting to feel quarantine fatigue. It’s no longer novel. Is there an end in sight? Hopefully. Because as athletes and coaches, we want […]

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Superman holding large rock, a good example of the Ubermensch

Why You Should Read Nietzsche For Inspiration

April 21, 2020

Many of us have role models, people we look up to for inspiration. Especially as competitors. Having an idol that serves as an example of what is possible can be one of the most supremely powerful ingredients in your personal development.  In fact, you can go as far as saying that actualizing your full potential […]

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