Friday 3pm Clinical Room 1
Developing Gold Medal Mental Toughness in Athletes
Proposed Program Description:
Even the most physically and technically talented athlete cannot perform at the highest level without completion of the training triangle. Mental toughness is essential to an athlete’s overall success and is largely ignored with individuals and teams. This often leaves athletes with a sense of confusion, disappointment and an overall feeling of failure. When an athletes trains well all season without the benefit of success, the lack of “pay-off” can also lead to depression, lack of motivation and loss of love for the sport. This program will offer a guide for introducing athletes and teams to the concept of mental toughness. It will teach hypnotists how to quickly assess the athlete’s current level of mental toughness and offer techniques and guidelines for taking them through the process.
Behavioral Learning Objectives:
1. Provide a clear definition of athletic mental toughness for participants.
2. Participants will be introduced to a Mental Toughness Assessment that can be used to help the athlete quickly identify opportunities for change. (The AIM Mental Toughness Assessment, Larry Neidigh , Ph.D.)
3. Participants will be exposed to a process to help individuals or teams develop skills and make any adjustments they need to perform successfully at future competitions.