Mastering Your Inner Game

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Human Kinetics, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 263 pages
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Even the most physically gifted athletes struggle in competition when they lose control over their thoughts and emotions. Mastering Your Inner Gamearms you with the tools to understand, manage, and maximize your mental and emotional forces—factors that often determine whether you're an all-star and or an “also-ran.”

Author David Kauss looks at how athletic performance fits into your own life experience. His “total athlete” system takes into account your internal strengths and weaknesses instead of applying a predefined set of mental training exercises.

Mastering Your Inner Gamebegins by presenting five vivid case studies that illustrate real challenges faced by real athletes. You'll experience the thoughts and emotions the competitors were dealing with as they worked to overcome their obstacles using Kauss' personalized mental training methods. Then you'll begin to understand how the method can work for you—whether it's breaking out of a slump, building confidence, or sharpening your focus.

Kauss then leads you through the process of self-assessment. Self-guided exercises help you recognize the people and events in your life that have either contributed to your success or undermined your sport performance. Plus, you'll learn more about how your life has shaped your athletic identity through additional exercises that

- reveal your motives for participating in sports,
- expose your hidden fears,
- tap into the power of your daydreams, and
- identify your personal core values.

Once you have pinpointed the underlying causes of your performance blocks, Kauss teaches you how to develop individualized mental training packages that will help you perform your best no matter how difficult the challenge. Only by analyzing and then rechanneling these forces in positive ways will you truly be able to reach your full potential.

 

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Contents

Parti Athletes Like You
1
Rod a Football Player
15
Bonnie a Figure Skater
27
Joanne a Track Athlete
41
C J a Basketball Player
53
Getting to Know You
65
Reviewing Important Events
93
Remembering the Special Times in Your Life
113
Techniques to Maximize Your Performance
167
Traditional Psychological Skills Training
169
Enhanced Psychological Skills Training
207
Personalizing Your Psych Skill Pack
227
Countdown to Competition
241
Epilogue
253
References
257
About the Author
263

Examining Your Daydreams Motives and Fears
135
Keeping a Daily Event Diary
155

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About the author (2001)


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.

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