The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive

The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive

The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive

The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive


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Even among the most elite performers, certain athletes stand out as a cut above the rest, able to outperform in clutch, game-deciding moments. These athletes prove that raw athletic ability doesn't necessarily translate to a superior on-field experience—its the mental game that matters most.

Sports participation—from the recreational to the collegiate Division I level—is at an all-time high. While the caliber of their games may differ, athletes at every level have one thing in common: the desire to excel. In The Champion's Mind, sports psychologist Jim Afremow, PhD, offers the same advice he uses with Olympians, Heisman Trophy winners, and professional athletes, including:

• How to get in a "zone," thrive on a team, and stay humble
• How to progress within a sport and sustain long-term excellence
• Customizable pre-performance routines to hit full power when the gun goes off or the puck is dropped

With hundreds of useful tips, breakthrough science, and cutting-edge workouts from the world's top trainers, The Champion's Mind will help you shape your body to ensure a longer, healthier, happier lifetime.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623365622
Publisher: Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 05/12/2015
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 60,216
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jim Afremow, PhD, is a sports psychologist and licensed counselor at Arizona State University. He has worked closely with athletes at all levels, including pros from the MLB, NBA, WNBA, NFL, NHL, PGA Tour, and LPGA Tour, as well as business professionals, performing artists, and others in demanding careers. He lives in Phoenix.

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Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Introduction: If You Can Spot Greatness, You've Got Greatness 1

Chapter 1 Be Your Own Champion 5

Chapter 2 Master the Mental Skills 29

Chapter 3 Be in it to Win It 65

Chapter 4 The Wisdom of a Champion 91

Chapter 5 Exercise, Nutrition, Pain, Injuries, and Regeneration 117

Chapter 6 Take Control of Your Personal Destiny 141

Chapter 7 Zen in the Zone 155

Chapter 8 Golden Reflections 179

Chapter 9 Your World-Class Game Plan

Chapter 10 Long-Term Survival of the Most Mentally Fit 227

Epilogue: The Ultimate Victory is Yours 239

Appendix A Be a Champion Student-Athlete 245

Appendix B Be a Champion Sleeper 247

References and Recommended Reading 249

Acknowledgments 253

Index 255

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