Mental Toughness Coaching
Diane Ulicsni is a Leading Portland Sports Mental Toughness Coach
Optimal sports performance not only takes skill, talent, and personality, it encompasses psychological training, too.
There are many techniques I use in my private sessions for performance enhancement that allow the release of negative emotions and for the recovery process to correct debilitating negative effects.
Oregon Mental Toughness and Sports Performance Coaching Experience
The common states of mind I observe when it comes to any type of performance are high anxiety and negative thoughts; especially when an injury occurs. Another issue I observe when mistakes or poor performance happens is a loss of confidence (i.e., yips).
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Many sports psychologists work on the mechanical problems facing athletes, such as stance, swing, and breathing. With my many years of experience, I have determined that there is much more below the surface. Top athletes and other people bring all of their life experiences to the plate. It seems that panic, the yips, and anxieties appear from nowhere.
Performance problems of all types arise from negative or traumatic experiences or stressors, such as not being able to “get the ball across the plate.” This causes fear or humiliation. Negative experiences can, and do get stuck in the nervous system and, as a result, get re-triggered. Sports or head injuries, especially in childhood and adolescence can cause future performance anxieties and inhibitions, such as yips, breathing problems, and freezing up. Athletes and non-athletes alike can become victim to their emotions and have high levels of sports performance anxieties.
It is so gratifying to see athletes recover quickly and go on to do their personal best and even score gold medals! It makes my heart sing every time I hear from a parent or athlete reaching their goals more quickly.
Brain Training Scientifically Enhances Athletic Performance
Working with many Athletes from Nike to Disney, to high schools, the most common complaint I hear is that the athlete becomes very anxious and nervous before the event or
This is when I re-mind coaches, parents athletes how important it is to be listening to my brain training cd’s or using the personal imageries we have set up in session. It is my opinion that training the brain at least every other day is optimal. Or doing
Have you ever watched the Olympics? Do you see the top athletes listening to something before they perform? What do you think they are listening to? I know for a fact that many are rehearsing in their mind in detail the performance they are about to do.
As I teach you in my office and on my
The Benefits of Mental Toughness Training for Sports
Some people say they don’t know how to visualize. I would like you to ask yourself a couple of questions now. How do you know the color of your house or your
This is visualization. You will get better at visualization as you practice. I have many many visualization practices I do in my office with clients. It can be a lot of fun. The following questionnaire is designed to help you pinpoint how you experience imagery.
Follow the instructions and then add your score at the end to determine if you more intensely experience, sights, sounds, feelings or moods of an image. This will help you individualize your Brain Training program. You will learn to concentrate on those areas you experience the most vividly as you work on controlling or altering your mental images.
The Importance of Mental Coaching for Oregon Athletes
Remember, your unconscious
Many times when I am asking a runner to close his or her eyes and visualize from beginning to end their performance, I will see their feet moving as if they are running or their heart rate increases, etc. That is how I know they are ‘engaged’ and doing the imagery. Which brings up the next subject.
- Knowing when to observe your circuitry: Knowing when to engage your circuitry
- Knowing when to observe your life: Knowing when to engage your life
- Knowing when to observe uncertainty: Knowing when to engage uncertainty
- Again: Neurons that fire together wire together! If you are engaging in anxiety its time to
stop .You can do this by getting into peripheral vision. ( later info)
- Neurons that fire apart wire apart.
How can you create your own stem cells? By exercising attention voluntary 6 to 12 Hz. You can grow them into fully functioning adult, neurons with
Signals from different sensory sources are registered in separate brain areas. Therefore seeing, hearing feeling, and repeating is important for memory. Memory is an active, synthetic process. (Karl Pribram)
The unconscious mind has a very hard time or doesn’t have a picture
DON’T THINK OF A RED TRUCK!!!!
What did you think
Athletes continually tell me they don’t want to fail, they don’t want to panic..etc. What are they making unconscious pictures
For the purposes of training your brain
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