The Brave Athlete solves the thirteen most common mental conundrums athletes face in their everyday training and in races.
You don't have one brain-you have three; your ancient Chimp brain that keeps you alive, your modern Professor brain that navigates the civilized world, and your Computer brain that accesses your memories and runs your habits (good and bad). They fight for control all the time and that's when bad things happen; you get crazy nervous before a race, you choke under pressure, you quit when the going gets tough, you make dumb mistakes, you worry about how you look.
What if you could stop the thoughts and feelings you don't want? What if you could feel confident, suffer like a hero, and handle any stress? You can.
The Brave Athlete from Dr. Simon Marshall and Lesley Paterson will help you take control of your brain so you can train harder, race faster, and better enjoy your sport. Dr. Marshall is a sport psychology expert who trains the brains of elite professional athletes. Paterson is a three-time world champion triathlete and coach. Together, they offer this innovative brain training guide that is the first to draw from both clinical science and real-world experience with athletes.
|Publisher:||Tantor Media, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.30(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Simon Marshall, PhD, trains the brains of endurance athletes and fitness enthusiasts to become happier and more mentally resilient. He is the performance psychologist for BMC Racing, a World Tour professional cycling team.
Lesley Paterson is a three-time world champion in off-road triathlon, an Ironman triathlon champion, a professional mountain biker, and endurance coach.
Table of Contents
1 Hello, Brain! A peek inside your 3-pound lump of crazy
HEART: Hone your passion, motivation, and identity
2 I Wish I Felt More Like an Athlete: Tackling the flawed thinking around your athletic identity
3 I Don’t Think I Can: Building confidence and self-belief
4 Setting Goals Is Not Your Problem: The secret of doing
WINGS: Deal with obstacles, setbacks, and conflict
5 Other Athletes Seem Tougher, Happier, and More Badass Than Me: The power and peril of comparison
6 I Feel Fat: Dealing with body image in a world of athletes
7 I Don’t Cope Well with Injury: How to respond to setbacks, big and small
8 People Are Worried About Me: Exercise dependence and the incessant need to do more
FIGHT: Get stuck in with new battle skills
9 I Don’t Like Leaving My Comfort Zone: How to cross the fear barrier
10 When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Leave Me Behind: Resisting the urge to quit
11 I Need to Harden the F*ck Up: Learning to embrace the suck
12 I Keep Screwing Up: Developing Jedi concentration skills to become a better athlete
13 I Don’t Handle Pressure Well: How to cope with stress, anxiety, and expectations on race day
About the Authors