This handbook was written specifically for you, the athlete, and since the principles of human performance are common to all athletes, this handbook truly applies to athletes from any background, at any level of play, competing in any sport. I have tried to capture the most important theories, techniques, and interventions of contemporary sport psychology. These are the very same theories, techniques and interventions I have used countless times with thousands of athletes in my own practice.
You have trained hard to develop and refine your physical abilities, but sooner or later, you will find you can only go so far on these physical abilities alone. The reason I wrote this handbook was to challenge you to take advantage of what I feel is the most powerful weapon you have – your mind. Developing and refining your mental and emotional skills is a vital element in achieving peak performance. They require the same effort and attention as the physical aspects of your game. Hopefully, this handbook will serve as your guide to strengthen your mental and emotional discipline in order to compliment your physical tools. Hopefully it will help you develop your own philosophy on sport and life that will help you achieve your goals and realize your dreams. Hopefully, it will make the intangibles of athletic excellence tangible.
About the Author
Kelly J. Pfaff teaches high school English in Jackson, Wisconsin, and regularly contributes articles to Milwaukee Magazine. Peder N. Piering, a clinical and sports psychologist, is founder and president of igniteyourlife.org, which offers psychological consultation to athletes and coaches.
Paperback: 201 pages
Publisher: Mcfarland, September 20, 2012
Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces