There were many positive comments after Alberta Sport Development Centre Central & Southwest athletes toured the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary on August 26. During the tour, the young athletes were educated on the programs and facilities put into place by the Canadian Sport Institute Calgary at WinSport's Canada Olympic Park.
The athletes were lead by one of CSIC’s top strength and conditioning coaches taking them through a workout similar to what the high performance athletes do in their daily training regime. ASDC athletes were training alongside the top Canadian athletes in the 30,000 square foot gym with the latest and greatest equipment available. Athletes also got to experience a few minutes of the various testing protocols elite athletes experience, including V02
Max test, sitting in a high altitude training tent as well as running on the underwater treadmill and on the anti-gravity treadmill.
Derek Robinson, 4 time Olympic sport psychologist took the future national team athletes through a mental skills session. All the athletes enjoyed a boxed lunch from Fuel for Gold while listening to Luge athlete, John Fennell. John participated in the 2012 Junior Olympics as well as was a member of Team Canada in the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He is on the National Luge Team with eyes now focused squarely on the next three years so he can compete in the Olympics in Pyeongchang 2018.
Thank you to CSI Calgary for an incredible experience.
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Doug. Swanson – F.I.R.S.T. Place for Human Performance
It’s ALL Mental
“... life is never neat, it is made up of doors and trapdoors. You move down baroque corridors, and even when you think you know which door to open, you still need to have the courage to choose.” J. M. Ledgard, Submergence
“...when people ask what is the biggest transition to the NBA from college, it is definitely defense and the mental part.” Magic Johnson
I have often been asked, what percentage of the game is mental? My reply is it is ALL mental.
is mental – deciding to outwork others takes courage, stamina and high tolerance of pain – that’s mental.
Preparing to play
is assuredly mental. Seeing (visualizing) one’s play; using good verbal, physical and visual cues in mental; reactivation is mental; reframing is mental.
Remaining engaged throughout the game
, playing moment to moment, not letting the past events or future events derail the activities of the present is all mental.
Conducting a serious post-game evaluation
is also mental.
Being a player is fully mental. You are the player you are because you have trained your neurons to do what they do. Muscles don’t move; you train your brain to move your muscles.
It cannot be anything BUT mental! In the movie, The Peaceful Warrior
, Socrates (Nick Nolte) asks Dan Millman three questions. Where are you? What time is it? What are you? I will use their discussion to support why I believe it is all mental.
The answers (below) are simple and they are correct regardless of where you are or what you are doing. Where are you? HERE!; What time is it? NOW!; What are you? THIS MOMENT!
Concentrate On What's Important
by Dr. Alan Goldberg
At game time there are many, many things that can distract you from having a proper focus: your opponents, how you feel that day, the position assigned by the coach, the size of the crowd and who's in it, what's going on in your personal life, the field conditions, weather that day, how big the match is, what your teammates are doing, the list goes on and on! If you focus on the wrong things either before or during your games, then you will always play poorly and way below your capabilities.
focus instead on WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN THE MOMENT, then you are much more connected to what's actually happening and will always perform better. This means concentrating on what you feel in your body, keeping your eye on the ball or using your eyes to concentrate on what's in front of you, feeling your breath go in and out, your movements, hearing only those messages that will help you stay positive and confident.
Remember, the heart of championship concentration involves two mini mental skills: #1 recognize the instant your focus drifts from what's happening in the moment, and #2 quickly and gently return your focus to the task at hand. This catching yourself when you drift and bringing your focus back is what will help you more consistently be a peak performer!