Mental Toughness Training for Soccer

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Goes beyond conditioning and X's and O's to reveal an overlooked yet crucial part of playing sound soccer—the mental game. The book introduces numerous concepts, including mental mechanics, performance barriers, expanding player capacities, mechanical breakdowns, automaticity of performing, and mental-skills training strategies. Dr. Mike Voight takes the most current research in sport science, sport psychology, motor development, and exercise physiology, and distills it into easy-to-understand and apply language ...
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Overview

Goes beyond conditioning and X's and O's to reveal an overlooked yet crucial part of playing sound soccer—the mental game. The book introduces numerous concepts, including mental mechanics, performance barriers, expanding player capacities, mechanical breakdowns, automaticity of performing, and mental-skills training strategies. Dr. Mike Voight takes the most current research in sport science, sport psychology, motor development, and exercise physiology, and distills it into easy-to-understand and apply language that can be used by coaches at any age and skill level.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781585180578
  • Publisher: Coaches Choice
  • Publication date: 4/25/2008
  • Series: Coaches Choice Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Dedication     3
Acknowledgments     4
Introduction     6
Components of Toughness
Beyond the X's and O's: Talent, Skill, Toughness, and Mechanics     12
Technical and Mental Mechanics: Automatic Processing     18
The Mind-Body Connection: Maximizing the Capacity for Excellence     22
Offensive and Defensive Mental Toughness Skills     38
Barriers and Breakdowns to Performance Excellence
Barriers to Top Performance I: Physical, Technical, and Tactical Barriers     46
Barriers to Top Performance II: Team, Mental, Emotional, and Inspirational Barriers     52
Technical and Mental Mechanical Breakdowns in Execution     58
Training Strategies for Automatic Execution
Training for Automaticity I: Combating Physical and Technical-Tactical Barriers     66
Training for Automaticity II: Combating Technical-Tactical Barriers     80
Training for Automaticity III: Combating Team Barriers     85
Applying Mental Toughness Training to Everyday Coaching     104
Training for Automaticity IV: Combating Mental Barriers-Training for Tough Thinking and confidence Building     110
Training for Automaticity V: Combating Mental Barriers-Mastering Intensity Control and Attentional Focus     122
Training for Automaticity VI: Combating Mental and InspirationalBarriers-Physical/Mental Preparation and Inspirational Strategies     138
Training and Coaching Effectiveness
Quality of Practice: Coach and Player Responsibilities     154
Quality Coaching: Beyond the X's and O's     171
References and Recommended Reading     187
About the Author     192

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