I interviewed Diane about her sports performance coaching work. We spent an hour on the phone discussing how long she has been doing this, and what methodologies she finds most helpful. She has had excellent success with runners, golfers, gymnasts, baseball players, and teams (volleyball, baseball, etc.). She has worked with top athletes in all levels of competition, and understands how to guide the athlete from a slump, to peak performance, and on to victory.
Sports Performance Methods
Diane is trained and certified in numerous methodologies, which include, Hypnosis, Brainspotting, Guided Imagery, Neurolingquistic Programming (NLP), and HeartMath technologies. She hasn’t just studied these tools, she has become a Master Practitioner in all of them. She has high standards and is thorough in her work. She does in person or tele-coaching.
Diane first spends time with the coaching staff to find out what their goals are and their styles of coaching. She discovers what their frustrations and challenges are, what has worked and what has not, and then teaches them what she will teach the players. She said this helps get the buy in from the coaching staff, and creates overall team building. Diane also coaches the players and coaches together, with a wide variety of mental skills training, including breathing techniques, visualization and guided imagery. She finds that when the coaches and players are together, the follow up is more efficient. She has also helped numerous coaches develop and optimize their coaching strategies, to guide their players and team to success. As a Sports Performance Coach, Diane utilizes the latest findings in mind-body sciences, combined with techniques and training exercises from, Heartmath, Neuolinguistic Programming (NLP), and hypnosis.
Washington and Oregon Sports Anxiety and Sports Performance Coaching
Diane talked about what she sees consistently in athletes. She reported a lot of anxiety, stress of performance, and balancing life with the extreme demands on their time and body. Injury recovery is another source of struggles, a long with repetitive sports traumas (injuries, abusive coaches or parents, failure or humiliations).
She offers “Breakthough” coaching programs. This is an individual, concentrated intervention method. It is an open-ended coaching format that will disrupt an athlete’s old habits and patterns long enough for new habits to be installed. “Breakthough” coaching follows a sequence of multiple coaching sessions per week. Often it is 3 back-to-back sessions, lasting 2-3 hours each during a single week. The recommend time period for breakthrough coaching is approximately a month, and the common understanding here is with scientific backing that it takes approximately 21 days to create a habit.
I would recommend anyone who wants to learn more about working with athletes, or a coach or athlete who wants to reach a higher level of peak performance call this amazing sports performance coach!