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A sports psychology, mental toughness, and mental training radio show that seeks to help athletes, coaches and sports parents reach peak performance. Learn the latest mental training strategies to identify ineffective mindsets, improve sports confidence, and boost your performance. Get free mental game tips from sports psychology expert Dr. Patrick Cohn.

Sports Psychology Podcast by Peaksports.com Dr. Patrick J. Cohn

    • Sports
    • 4.4, 36 Ratings

A sports psychology, mental toughness, and mental training radio show that seeks to help athletes, coaches and sports parents reach peak performance. Learn the latest mental training strategies to identify ineffective mindsets, improve sports confidence, and boost your performance. Get free mental game tips from sports psychology expert Dr. Patrick Cohn.

    How to Overcome Lack of Trust in Skills

    How to Overcome Lack of Trust in Skills

    One of the biggest challenges for perfectionists is the lack of trust in their skills…
    Lack of trust in skills is the reason perfectionists tend to under perform in competition–compared to practice.
    Perfectionism leads to:
    –Over thinking
    –Stuck in a practice mindset
    –Worry about what others think
    –Outcome and aftermath thinking
    –Anxiety, tentative play, and indecision
    All of these prevent the perfectionist from performing with trust in competition–and you can see it on their face or in the performance.
    Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents

    Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sports Psychology Audio Programs *Subscribe to The Sports Psychology Podcast at iTunes

    • 4 min
    How to Play for Yourself During Competition

    How to Play for Yourself During Competition

    Perfectionist athletes often worry too much about what others (coaches, teammates, parents) think about their performance. We call this social approval fears in our work.
    This is not only a huge distraction for athletes, but also a source of pressure to perform up to others’ expectations. This is the number one reason athletes cripple themselves with fear of failure.
    Worrying about what others think leads to tentative or cautious performances.
    Perfectionists: Learn how to overcome worrying about what others think in this podcast.
    Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents

    Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sports Psychology Audio Programs *Subscribe to The Sports Psychology Podcast at iTunes

    • 5 min
    Can Athletes Use Mindfulness to Improve Focus?

    Can Athletes Use Mindfulness to Improve Focus?

    Dr. Patrick Cohn interviews Dr. Joe Havlick on the use of mindfulness to help athletes and performers succeed. Joe has a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology and works with performers and athletes of many ages, sports, and careers. Joe has a practice of meditation that he offers to all of his clients. Dr. Cohn and Dr. Havlick discuss how the qualities of being a great human being apply to helping athletes and performers.
    Mindfulness is the process of having a moment-by-moment awareness of your thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. When using mindfulness, you are able to notice when your lose focus and be able to refocus on the present moment and not allow distractions from the past or future control your thinking.
    Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents

    Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sports Psychology Audio Programs *Subscribe to The Sports Psychology Podcast at iTunes

    • 17 min
    How to Overcome All or None Thinking

    How to Overcome All or None Thinking

    In this Mental Training podcast, you learn why perfectionist athletes partake in irrational thinking. In this case “all or none thinking” and how to prevent it.

    One of the characteristics of perfectionists is that they view their performance as black or white, good or bad, with no shades of gray in between.
    This leads to athletes judging their performance harshly when they don’t perform up to their unwritten standards.

    These athletes over analyze and judge their performance as either good or bad, while performing, and get stuck on the last shot, skill, or play. Thus, they lose their flow and ability to focus in the moment.
    Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents

    Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sports Psychology Audio Programs *Subscribe to The Sports Psychology Podcast at iTunes

    • 4 min
    Challenges for Athletes' Return to Sport with Brenley Shapiro

    Challenges for Athletes' Return to Sport with Brenley Shapiro

    This week Dr. Cohn speaks with Brenley Shapiro for The Sports Psychology Podcast. Shapiro is the founder of Heads Up High Performance in Toronto. She’s a Sport Psychology, Performance Consultant and Certified Sports Vision Trainer. She’s the first female Mental Performance Consultant for the Arizona Coyotes in the NHL, as well as the OHL for the Peteborough Petes.
    Brenley has been in practice for over 20 years working with athletes, teams, individuals, and organizations, and is the founder of Heads Up High Performance. Brenley has extensive experience and a specialized focus in work with hockey teams and players internationally and at every level from minor hockey, through to the OHL, WHL, KHL, AHL & NHL. Brenley has also been involved in the OHL Combine, U15 Program of Excellence with the Ontario Hockey Federation, and sits on the expert panel for the Coaches Association of Ontario.
    Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents

    Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sports Psychology Audio Programs *Subscribe to The Sports Psychology Podcast at iTunes

    • 17 min
    Anxiety and Tension in Perfectionist Athletes

    Anxiety and Tension in Perfectionist Athletes

    In this sports psychology podcast of Sessions with Doc, Dr. Cohn discusses how perfectionist athletes have anxiety and tension when they compete.
    One of the characteristics of perfectionists is that they feel a lot of anxiety and worry due to their fear of failure. Often the fear is about disappointing others and not being seen as the star athlete by others.
    These athletes tend to focus more on the outcomes rather than the process. And they are both distracted and feel pressure to do well for others.
    Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents

    Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sports Psychology Audio Programs *Subscribe to The Sports Psychology Podcast at iTunes

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Hoppy8 ,

Great advice.

Very very helpful.

J. Barshop ,

Awesome show, highly recommend!

Patrick and his guests provide some incredibly compelling content that’s geared to help you take actionable steps to perform at your absolute best.

Highly recommend listening and subscribing to the Sports Psychology Podcast if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to improve your body & mind (and inch closer towards peak performance as a result)!

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Quality information for coaches, athletes, and parents

This podcast provides top-notch information and content for any individual in the sports world. Highly recommended for coaches, parents and athletes!

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