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

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Rodale, Sep 15, 2005 - Sports & Recreation - 258 pages
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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, 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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Contents

INTRODUCTION TO MENTAL TRAINING CHAPTER 1 What Mental Training Can Do for You
3
Mental Training Secrets of Competitive Athletes
12
MENTAL TRAINING TECHNIQUES THAT WORK
19
Build Confidence with Affirmations and SelfTalk
21
Clear Your Mind with Breathing and Meditation
28
Maximize Performance with Mental Snapshots
37
Relax to Cool DownAnd Rev Up
46
Improve Your Game with Guided Imagery
53
Marathoning Run Your Best Race Ever
125
Mountain Biking Convert Fear into Power and Precision
142
Running on Road and Track Optimize Your Performance
152
Swimming and Diving Perfect Your Performance in the Pool
164
Tennis Keep Your Cool on the Court
183
Volleyball Correct the Flaws in Your Game
199
Weight Training Reach Your Power Summit
209
Pentathlon The Ultimate in CrossTraining
219

Use Visual Rehearsal to FineTune Your Style
62
Tap into the Power of Dreams
68
Get Psyched without Losing Your Edge
76
SPORTSPECIFIC MENTAL PRACTICE CHAPTER 11 Cycling Improve Your Style and Power
85
Downhill Skiing SeeThen SkiClean Runs
102
Golf Set the Stage for Excellence
115
A Mental Practice Formula for Any Sport
229
Resources
243
Index
248
Author Biography
258
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About the author (2005)

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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