Mind Gym : An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence

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McGraw Hill Professional, Jun 3, 2002 - Sports & Recreation - 240 pages
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Drawing on his work with some of the top teams in professional sports, noted sport psychology consultant Gary Mack shares with you the same techniques and exercises he uses to help elite athletes build mental "muscle." These 40 accessible lessons and inspirational anecdotes will help you gain the "head edge" over the competition.

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Working with youth sports, this book became a powerful tool to empower the youth I get to work with....
1...For some it is "too much information". However, I've witnessed this book empower student
's by implementing it throughout their high school career, rather than an "all-at-once" read, like the cliche of eating an elephant, one bite at a time. When they reach these "ah-ha" moments when the light-blub goes on through a revelation of self recognition, it's important to give them time to practice and build a habit around that new found mental strategy.
2...Also, the lessons serve as small seeds throughout a middle school career, and even the quotes are relevent when a teaching opportunity presents itself to elementary age.
3...That said, I think the most powerful impact is on an Elite College or Professional Stage. However, by that time, most habitual mental failures are so ingranined they're next to impossible to break. I guess that's what provokes me to instill these lessons throughout the youthful sports expereinces I get to engage in.
Coach Eric Hudgens
Personal Best Athletics

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User Review  - Robyn Horn - Goodreads

I really appreciated this book--it emphasizes important mental training that assists athletic pursuits, something I can greatly benefit from as a runner who always seems to "wimp out" mentally before ... Read full review

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Gary Mack is a leading sports psychology consultant and counselor who has worked with athletes in the NBA, NFL, NHL, WNBA, and Major League Baseball. He is president of two consulting firms, Sports Assist and Planning Solutions; the director of sports psychology for Griffey International; and team counselor for the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury.

David Casstevens is a senior writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and author of the Charles Barkley biography, Somebody's Gotta Be Me.

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