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If you've ever watched a champion make that impossible three-point shot in the game's final seconds, you know that the mind game is fundamental in the sport of basketball. Concentration, teamwork, relaxation, confidence, and a sense of fair play are the mental skills that make a great all-around basketball player. Former legendary Louisiana State University basketball coach Dale Brown and highly acclaimed sport psychologist Kevin Burke team up as co-authors to provide readers with proven sport psychology techniques to assist players, coaches, and parents in a player's development on the court.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885693372
  • Publisher: Fitness Info Tech,West Virginia University
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Series: Sport Psychology Library Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 116
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Table of Contents

Pre-Game: How Players, Coaches, and Parents Can Use This Book xv
The Book's Relevance for Players xvi
The Book's Relevance for Coaches xvi
The Book's Relevance for Parents xvii
Section I FUNdamental Basketball 1
Chapter 1 Basketball--Much More Than Physical Skills 3
Scouting Report 3
Playing Percentages 3
FUNdamental Skills 4
The Mental Side of Basketball 5
FUNdamental Points to Remember 8
Chapter 2 FUNdamental Skills of the Complete Basketball Player 9
Scouting Report 9
FUNdamental Skill #1 Mental Practice 10
Understanding Mental Practice 12
Getting Started 13
When You Should Practice 14
Mental Practice Schedule 15
Mental Practice Notebook 15
Frequently Asked Questions About Imagery 17
Viewpoint 17
Control 18
Belief 18
Using Imagery During Games or Practice 18
FUNdamental Skill #2 Concentration Awareness Training 19
Understanding Concentration 20
The Specifics of Concentration 20
Four Ways to Focus 21
Three Important Aspects of Concentration 22
Helpful Concentration Tips 24
Full-Court Concentration 24
Concentration With Many Time-Outs (TOs) 24
Concentration With Few TOs 24
Concentration Practice 25
FUNdamental Skill #3 Positive Self-Talk (Gem Talk) 28
Changing Thought Habits 29
Self-Talk Statements 31
Using a Sense of Humor 32
FUNdamental Points to Remember 33
Section II Assisting Yourself With Mental Skills 35
Chapter 3 Shooting 37
Scouting Report 37
How to Lessen "Basket Interference" 37
Imagery Practice for Shooting 38
Concentration and Gem-Talk Keys for Shooting 39
Mental Routine for Shooting Free Throws 40
Mental and Physical Free Throw Shooting Routine 44
FUNdamental Points to Remember 45
Chapter 4 Playing Defense 47
Scouting Report 47
Using Mental Skills to Improve Defense 47
Team Defense 48
1-On-1 Defense 50
Using Self-Talk to Improve Defense 51
FUNdamental Points to Remember 53
Chapter 5 Becoming a Better All-Around Player 55
Scouting Report 55
Skill Improvement 55
Imagery 56
Concentration 58
Self-Talk 59
Skill Correction and Slumps 59
Using the "Off" Hand 60
FUNdamental Points to Remember 63
Chapter 6 Sporting Behavior: Being a Good "Sport" 65
Scouting Report 65
Being a Good Sport 65
Trash Talking 66
Special Trash-Talk Practice 69
Psych-Out Attempt 69
Emotional Control 70
The Three-Seconds Rule 71
FUNdamental Points to Remember 72
Chapter 7 Dealing With Referees, Fans, Opponents, Injuries, and Other Situations 73
Scouting Report 73
Officials 74
Opposing Fans 76
Off-the-Court Situations 77
Teammates and Coaches 78
Injury and Rehabilitation 79
Mental Rehabilitation Imagery Scenario 80
How to Have Fun When You're Way Behind or Way Ahead 81
Sitting on the Bench 82
Changing Negative Statements to Positive Self-Talk 83
FUNdamental Points to Remember 84
Chapter 8 Staying Motivated 85
Scouting Report 85
Attitude Adjustment 85
Goal Setting 87
Ultimate Imagery 90
Avoiding and Dealing With Burnout 90
FUNdamental Points to Remember 94
Chapter 9 Gaining and Maintaining Confidence 95
Scouting Report 95
Losing Confidence 96
Gaining Confidence 96
Dealing With Pressure 99
FUNdamental Points to Remember 101
Chapter 10 Playing in the Fun Zone 103
Scouting Report 103
Getting the Most From Playing Basketball 103
Applying Your Basketball Skills to Life 104
FUNdamental Points to Remember 107
Appendix Basketball-Related Web Sites 109
Dr. Kevin L. Burke's Web Sites 110
Index 111
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