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Coach Buck assists individual athletes, and entire teams, in a wide variety of psychological areas to enhance performance, on or off the field.  

Some aspects to a mental conditioning program:

  • Managing, not dwelling on, mistakes
  • Becoming aware of and improving self-talk
  • Developing strategies to become less distracted by external circumstances (success of other players in same position, criticism/praise, poor performances, etc.)
  • Developing strategies to become less distracted by internal circumstances (anxiety, pressure, confidence, motivation)
  • Analyzing what makes other athletes from other sports successful and applying their philosophies
  • Analyzing when a player performs well or has performed well – why that was occurring. Developing conscious-competence (know, and know that you know)
  • Overcoming injuries
  • Overcoming fear associated with injuries
  • Developing a plan to utilize concentration and energy more effectively when dealing with injuries (focus on what you can control / not on what you’re missing or the depth chart)
  • Managing sport specific criticism
  • Transitioning from JV to Varsity, High School to College, and College to Professional levels
  • Being responsible for your performance, but not becoming your performance
  • Staying positive under difficult circumstances
  • Implementing and utilizing more effective team communication
  • Overcoming the self-fulfilling prophecies (“We keep making the same big mistake”)
  • Changing performance by changing thought process (not the other way around)
  • “Securing” a role on the team
  • Taking practice performance into a game/meet/match and visa-versa
  • Taking setbacks as temporary and how to bounce back quickly
  • Wanting the ball or the tough assignment when the pressure is on
  • Balancing academics with athletic responsibilities
  • Developing better and more effective ways to sleep before games

Other elements of Mental Conditioning: Controlling emotions/intensity, developing strong routines, body language, quality practice, roles, team-building, time/stress management, and self-efficacy.