Mastering Your Inner Game

Mastering Your Inner Game

by David Kauss
     
 

Even the most physically gifted athletes struggle in competition when they lose control over their thoughts and emotions. Mastering Your Inner Game arms you with the tools to understand, manage, and maximize your mental and emotional forces—factors that often determine whether you're an all-star and or an “also-ran

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Even the most physically gifted athletes struggle in competition when they lose control over their thoughts and emotions. Mastering Your Inner Game arms you with the tools to understand, manage, and maximize your mental and emotional forces—factors that often determine whether you're an all-star and or an “also-ran.”

Author David Kauss looks at how athletic performance fits into your own life experience. His “total athlete” system takes into account your internal strengths and weaknesses instead of applying a predefined set of mental training exercises.

Mastering Your Inner Game begins by presenting five vivid case studies that illustrate real challenges faced by real athletes. You'll experience the thoughts and emotions the competitors were dealing with as they worked to overcome their obstacles using Kauss' personalized mental training methods. Then you'll begin to understand how the method can work for you—whether it's breaking out of a slump, building confidence, or sharpening your focus.

Kauss then leads you through the process of self-assessment. Self-guided exercises help you recognize the people and events in your life that have either contributed to your success or undermined your sport performance. Plus, you'll learn more about how your life has shaped your athletic identity through additional exercises that

- reveal your motives for participating in sports,
- expose your hidden fears,
- tap into the power of your daydreams, and
- identify your personal core values.

Once you have pinpointed the underlying causes of your performance blocks, Kauss teaches you how to develop individualized mental training packages that will help you perform your best no matter how difficult the challenge. Only by analyzing and then rechanneling these forces in positive ways will you truly be able to reach your full potential.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736001762
Publisher:
Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date:
09/11/2000
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.96(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Linda Hanley
I was 35, the mother of two small boys, and trying to prepare for the most important competition of my life, the Olympic Games in Atlanta. Dave Kauss enabled me to reach my goals. He gave me the tools I needed to acknowledge my fears, capitalize on my strengths, and balance my home life with my competitive life. I couldn't have done it without him. Thanks, Dave.
— Linda Hanley, 1996 U.S. Olympic volleyball team
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“I was 35, the mother of two small boys, and trying to prepare for the most important competition of my life, the Olympic Games in Atlanta. Dave Kauss enabled me to reach my goals. He gave me the tools I needed to acknowledge my fears, capitalize on my strengths, and balance my home life with my competitive life. I couldn't have done it without him. Thanks, Dave.”
Linda Hanley
1996 U.S. Olympic volleyball team

“As a professional motocross rider, I know that mental preparation is just as important as physical training in my sport. Dave Kauss showed me how to mentally prepare for a race, ride relaxed, and work on my weak points to make them as strong as my strongest points. I believe the results of his program speak for themselves.”
Mike Kiedrowski
Four-time U.S. national outdoor motocross champion

“The program Dr. Kauss has developed provides a functional mental preparation program that I use daily for training and competition. It naturally encompasses cognitive components in preparation for the mental and physical demands of competition. The program also incorporates important values and beliefs that carry over to my life and goals beyond athletics. It is a functional and focused mental preparation program that effectively equips athletes with the necessary tools to meet the mental demands of competition.”
Leslie Noll
World-class middle distance runner

Leslie Noll
The program Dr. Kauss has developed provides a functional mental preparation program that I use daily for training and competition. It naturally encompasses cognitive components in preparation for the mental and physical demands of competition. The program also incorporates important values and beliefs that carry over to my life and goals beyond athletics. It is a functional and focused mental preparation program that effectively equips athletes with the necessary tools to meet the mental demands of competition.
— Leslie Noll, World-class middle distance runner
Mike Kiedrowski
As a professional motocross rider, I know that mental preparation is just as important as physical training in my sport. Dave Kauss showed me how to mentally prepare for a race, ride relaxed, and work on my weak points to make them as strong as my strongest points. I believe the results of his program speak for themselves.
— Mike Kiedrowski, Four-time U.S. national outdoor motocross champion

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