Throughout my professional career I have stressed the importance of athletic transferable skills for many reasons. First, these skills are invaluable across settings and can help with life success! In addition, during the inevitable sport retirement transition athletic transferable skills can help with the…Continue
Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 28, 2011 at 7:36am — No Comments
Most teams have a player or two with exceptional natural athletic talent, while also having players with far less talent but are incredibly motivated to succeed. Of these two prototypes, which would you rather coach? You can read my thoughts on this topic at:…Continue
Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 25, 2011 at 10:37pm — No Comments
As we prepare for another summer full of exciting youth sports, it's important to touch base again about the realities of kids one day earning full-ride athletic opportunities (or professional sport opportunities). By understanding these realities, families can make more responsible decision for their kids, as…Continue
Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 21, 2011 at 4:42pm — No Comments
Psychological techniques can be used to dramatically improve athletic performance, and one very important skill coaches can use to help kids play their best is a technique called shaping. Check out my latest blog on how shaping can be used to help with athletic skill acquisition and…Continue
Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 19, 2011 at 8:17pm — No Comments
Many coaches try to "toughen up" the athletes they coach, thinking that tougher athletes = better athletes.
There are two fundamental questions coaches need to think about when it comes to this:
1. Do athletes need to have "tough" personalities to succeed in sports?
Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 18, 2011 at 1:05pm — No Comments
This week I answered a few questions I received recently about mental toughness, getting started with mental training, and the stigma associated with mental training skills -- read the rest of my blog here.
Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 12, 2011 at 10:57pm — No Comments
Team chemistry is a funny thing in sports --- coaches swear by its importance, yet few know how to describe the things that help (and hurt) team chemistry. When it comes to team cohesion, you may be surprised to learn that having a team that consists of everyone getting along wonderfully may actually…Continue
Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 6, 2011 at 3:54pm — No Comments
If you are a coach and sometimes struggle with motivating players (who doesn't qualify here?!), you might want to check out a great book I picked up years ago written by then NY Yankees manager Joe Torre (Ground Rules for Winners). One specific tip he discussed relating to player motivation and addressing…Continue
Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 5, 2011 at 5:11pm — No Comments
As the NCAA continues its investigation of Ohio State in the aftermath of Coach Tressel and the email communication he had with people about potential student athlete compliance allegations, he and his superiors (Gene Smith and Gordon Gee) are up against a very unique, and often debilitating type of…Continue
Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 4, 2011 at 3:01pm — No Comments
Simple enough, right? Actually it's much more difficult than it sounds ---- but the good news is focus can be refined and strengthened, similar to how muscle development occurs through physical training.…
Added by Dr. Chris Stankovich on April 1, 2011 at 4:46pm — No Comments