I am an assistant professor in Kinesiology & Physical Education at Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition to my academic responsibilities I work as a performance enhancement consultant working with individual athletes as well as teams in many areas of mental skills and performance enhancement. I have been working with athletes for 15 years from numerous sports such as alpine skiing, baseball, basketball, diving, judo, football, ringette, volleyball, hockey, track & field, cheerleading, gymnastics, figure skating, curling, cycling, rugby, and soccer.
My approach to performance enhancement is focused on an educational framework. Mental skills training has been shown to improve overall athletic performance. Many elite athletes possess highly refined mental skills such as positive thinking, imagery, and anxiety management, as well as a high motivation to achieve. As well, these athletes have the right winning attitude and the power of positive thinking. Learning these, and other mental skills, and developing this attitude will increase athletes’ chances of becoming the best athletes they can be and reaching new heights in their careers. It is the mental readiness that makes the difference between good athletes and great athletes, or good teams and great teams.
This is not an exhaustive list. Other areas can be addressed as requested.
- Team Building, Team Commitment
- Goal Setting
- Building Confidence
- Mental Imagery Training
- Mental Toughness
- Self-Awareness/Self assessment
- Stress/Anxiety Management
- Motivation Issues
- Pre-Game routines
- Coping with Injury
- Effective Communication (Athlete-Athlete, Coach-Athlete)
- Time and Lifestyle Management