Mental Training for Peak Performance: Top Athletes Reveal the Mind Exercises They Use to Excel

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In this brand-new edition, updated with material on today's best athletes, a top sports psychologist reveals the mental strategies champions use to win in a variety of sports-from cycling and skiing to golf and tennis

Mental Training for Peak Performance teaches you that sweat isn't enough. Before you can win on the track, court, links, or slopes, you have to win in your head. Revised and updated for the first time since 1996, famed sports psychologist Steven Ungerleider, PhD, ...

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Overview

In this brand-new edition, updated with material on today's best athletes, a top sports psychologist reveals the mental strategies champions use to win in a variety of sports-from cycling and skiing to golf and tennis

Mental Training for Peak Performance teaches you that sweat isn't enough. Before you can win on the track, court, links, or slopes, you have to win in your head. Revised and updated for the first time since 1996, famed sports psychologist Steven Ungerleider, PhD, looks at the mental aspect of sports performance today, revealing the mind exercises champion athletes use to outshine the competition.

The book provides detailed descriptions of mental techniques that work, explaining how to:
o build confidence with affirmations and self-talk o clear your mind with breathing and meditation o maximize performance with mental snapshots o improve your game with guided imagery o use visual rehearsal to fine-tune your style o tap in to the power of dreams

With a new foreword by tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, who has trained Andre Agassi, the Williams sisters, and many other star players, this is an excellent resource and guide for athletes at every level who hope to gain a competitive edge through mental training.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594860287
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/15/2005
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 323,742
  • Product dimensions: 5.92 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

STEVEN UNGERLEIDER, PhD, is a leading sports psychologist and has served as a consultant to the U.S. Olympic Committee and several college and pro sports organizations. His most recent book, Faust's Gold: Inside the East German Doping Machine, was honored in 2001 as a top "sports book of the year" by Runner's World. He currently resides in Eugene, Oregon.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 What Mental Training Can Do for You 2
Ch. 2 Mental Training Secrets of Competitive Athletes 9
Ch. 3 Build Confidence with Affirmations and Self-Talk 16
Ch. 4 Clear Your Mind with Breathing and Meditation 22
Ch. 5 Maximize Performance with Mental Snapshots 28
Ch. 6 Relax to Cool Down - And Rev Up 35
Ch. 7 Improve Your Game with Guided Imagery 41
Ch. 8 Use Visual Rehearsal to Fine-Tune Your Style 51
Ch. 9 Tap Into the Power of Dreams 56
Ch. 10 Get Psyched without Losing Your Edge 62
Ch. 11 Cycling: Improve Your Style and Power 70
Ch. 12 Downhill Skiing: See - Then Ski - Clean Runs 83
Ch. 13 Golf: Set the Stage for Excellence 93
Ch. 14 Marathoning: Run Your Best Race Ever 101
Ch. 15 Mountain Biking: Convert Fear into Power and Precision 114
Ch. 16 Running on Road and Track: Optimize Your Performance 124
Ch. 17 Swimming and Diving: Perfect Your Performance in the Pool 134
Ch. 18 Tennis: Keep Your Cool on the Court 146
Ch. 19 Volleyball: Correct the Flaws in Your Game 158
Ch. 20 Weight Training: Reach Your Power Summit 167
Ch. 21 A Mental Practice Formula for Any Sport 176
Index 187
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