Sports Psychology Podcast by Peaksports.comAuthor: Dr. Patrick J. Cohn
17 Aug 2018

Sports Psychology Podcast by Peaksports.com

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The Sports Psychology Podcast by Peaksports.com and Dr. Patrick Cohn. Learn how to improve your mental game and perform better.

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    How to Manage Perfectionism in Volleyball

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn talks with Dr. Megan Melchiorre.

    They discuss the psychology of volleyball and some of the challenges that volleyball players have.

    Dr. Megan is the newest member of the Peak Performance Sports team. She is the lead mental coach specializing in working with youth and high school athletes in various sports.

    Are you (or your volleyball players) highly self-critical of your performance?

    In this podcast, they will discuss...

    What tips can volleyball players use to manage perfectionism in games?

    COHN: We know one of the qualities of perfectionists is they are super critical of their performance; every play, every touch, they analyze and critique.

    COHN: How does that work for volleyball players and what are the challenges with that when they are trying to play a game?

    Listen to this week's podcast to learn what mental game tips Dr. Cohn and Dr. Megan give to volleyball players to learn more about managing perfectionism in games.

    Head over to Peak Sports and check out our Mental Coaching Programs:

    Mental Game Coaching For Athletes

    Download our FREE Volleyball Mental Preparation Report!

    "Mental Preparation Secrets for Serve Receive: What Every Player and Coach Needs to Know"


  • Posted on 05 Aug 2018

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    Perfectionist Players & Volleyball

     

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn talks with Dr. Megan Melchiorre.

    They discuss the psychology of volleyball and some of the challenges that volleyball players have.

    Dr. Megan is the newest member of the Peak Performance Sports team. She is the lead mental coach specializing in working with youth and high school athletes in various sports.

    In this podcast, they will discuss...

    What are some challenges with perfectionist players?

    COHN: We know that perfectionism is a big challenge for volleyball players and in all sports…

    COHN: Perfectionists have some great qualities; they are highly motivated, goal oriented, always want to improve and strive to get better. But we also know that is comes with challenges when going to competition from practice.

    COHN: What are some of the challenges?

    Listen to this week's podcast to learn what mental game tips Dr. Cohn and Dr. Megan give to volleyball players about the challenges with perfectionism.

    Head over to Peak Sports and check out our Mental Coaching Programs:

    Mental Game Coaching For Athletes

    Download our FREE Volleyball Mental Preparation Report!

    "Mental Preparation Secrets for Serve Receive: What Every Player and Coach Needs to Know"

     


  • Posted on 22 Jul 2018

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    How to Help Athletes Stay Aggressive At The End of a Game

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn talks with Dr. Megan Melchiorre.

    Dr. Megan is the newest member of the Peak Performance Sports team. She is the lead mental coach specializing in working with youth and high school athletes in various sports.

    Do you have teams that tend to get tight at the end of a set when maybe they didn't expect to win against the opponent and they tighten up and end up losing the set?

    In this podcast, they will answer the question of the week...

    "How do you help athletes stay aggressive at the end of a set or match when the game gets tight?"

    COHN: We know that then end of a game can be more pressure for some athletes... Maybe they tend to think too far ahead about the outcome...

    COHN: What are the challenges for athletes that they tend to get tight at the end of a match? What are they doing?

    MEGAN: They try to protect their lead. They start to play safe and to not make mistakes.

    MEGAN: When they play not to make mistakes, they tend to overthink and over control instead of trusting their ability and shining on a set and attacking a ball, they try to place it on an open spot on the court.

    MEGAN: When they put easy balls over, they give the opposing team an opportunity to attack.

    COHN: Good point... and I think if you give the opposing team the opportunity to attack, what is happening is that the opponent will start to make a comeback and sense that the player in the lead is all of the sudden playing safe and protective instead of aggressive and attack.

    COHN: It gives your opponent the ability to take control over the match.

    COHN: How do you help players with this issue at the end of the game when the pressure is on the line and you want them to finish the set?

    Listen to this week's podcast to learn what mental game tips Dr. Cohn and Dr. Megan give to athletes about staying aggressive and trusting their skills.

    Head over to Peak Sports and check out our Mental Coaching Programs:

    Mental Game Coaching For Athletes

    Download our FREE Mental Toughness Report!

    "10 Costly Mental Game Mistakes Athletes Make: What Athletes And Coaches Must Learn To Improve Mental Preparation"


  • Posted on 08 Jul 2018

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    How to Mentally Focus In Games

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn talks with Dr. Megan Melchiorre.

    Dr. Megan is new at Peak Performance Sports. She is the lead mental coach specializing in working with youth and high school athletes in various sports.

    In this podcast, they will answer the question of the week...

    "How do you teach players to mentally focus throughout an entire game?"

    COHN: Dr. Megan, obviously focus is super important for any athlete and certainly volleyball players. 

    COHN: What are the challenges you find that players tend to struggle with or what gets in the way of focus when playing?

    MEGAN: In a volleyball match, players can be distracted by a number of things especially playing a tournament in club... There are over 100 courts in 1 area, so many whistles, balls, fans... it gets pretty chaotic in there.

    MEGAN: Those are external distractions but there is another category of internal distractions, such as negative thinking...

    MEGAN: What do you think are the top distractions for athletes, Dr. Cohn?

    Listen to this week's podcast to learn what mental game tips Dr. Cohn and Dr. Megan give to athletes about maintaining focus throughout an entire game.

    Head over to Peak Sports and check out our Mental Coaching Programs:

    Mental Game Coaching For Athletes

    Download our FREE Mental Toughness Report!

    "10 Costly Mental Game Mistakes Athletes Make: What Athletes And Coaches Must Learn To Improve Mental Preparation"


  • Posted on 17 Jun 2018

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    How to Help Players Cope With Mistakes in Games

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn talks with Dr. Megan.

    Dr. Megan is new at Peak Performance Sports. She is the lead mental coach specializing in working with youth and high school athletes in various sports.

    In this podcast, they will answer a question from one of our readers...

    "How do you help players cope with mistakes and keep their head in the game so they can continue to play confidently?"

    COHN: We know that athletes tend to unravel and have challenges with mistakes, especially young athletes. They tend to beat themselves up and be self-critical.

    COHN: Perfectionist athletes are the ones that really struggle with mistakes...

    MEGAN: Perfectionists, like those I've coached, have very high expectations and they are very self-critical of the way that they play and what they do during performance.

    COHN: What happens to them mentally after they make mistakes? What are the challenges associated with post mistakes? Do they get frustrated? Do they over analyze? Do they start critiquing? Do they look at coach?

    What happens then?

    Listen to this week's podcast to learn what mental game tips Dr. Cohn and Dr. Megan give to athletes about how they can let go of mistakes and still play effectively.

    Head over to Peak Sports and check out our Mental Coaching Programs:

    Mental Game Coaching For Athletes

    Download our FREE Mental Toughness Report!

    "10 Costly Mental Game Mistakes Athletes Make: What Athletes And Coaches Must Learn To Improve Mental Preparation"


  • Posted on 03 Jun 2018

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