Mastering Your Inner Game

Mastering Your Inner Game

by David Kauss

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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

About the Author


David R. Kauss, PhD, has been practicing psychology since 1978, but he began his psychological consulting work with athletes and coaches—including the UCLA football and baseball teams—four years earlier. In his role as a consultant, Kauss has provided performance-enhancement training to athletes and coaches at the elite and professional levels. He wrote about his early work with athletes in his first book, Peak Performance.

In 1984 he became a registered sport psychological consultant for the U.S. Olympic Committee, working with athletes before and during their Olympic competition. His work with athletes also involves coaching: Kauss coached senior-league baseball for seven years and assorted youth sports for many years.

A member of the American Psychological Association, Kauss is also an associate professor of psychology at UCLA. He received his BA from Harvard University and his doctorate in clinical psychology from UCLA. When he's not helping athletes improve their performance, Kauss enjoys tennis, travel, and spectator sports. He and his wife, Laurel, live in Pacific Palisades, California, with their two children.

Table of Contents


Part I: Athletes Like You and the Challenges They Face
Chapter 1. Tom, a Tennis Player
Chapter 2. Rod, a Football Player
Chapter 3. Bonnie, a Figure Skater
Chapter 4. Joanne, a Track Athlete
Chapter 5. CJ, a Basketball Player

Part II: Getting to Know You and What You Need to Work On
Chapter 6. Identifying the Significant People in Your Life
Chapter 7. Reviewing Important Events and Performances
Chapter 8. Remembering the Special Times in Your Life
Chapter 9. Examining Your Daydreams, Motives, and Fears
Chapter 10. Keeping a Daily Event Diary

Part III: Techniques to Maximize Your Performance
Chapter 11. Traditional Psychological Skills Training
Chapter 12. Enhanced Psychological Skills Training
Chapter 13. Personalizing Your Psych Skill Packs
Chapter 14. Countdown to Competition

What People are Saying About This

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

From the Publisher


“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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