Demonstrating that mental conditioning benefits sports performance, this guide by a sports psychologist helps young athletes build on their talents and skills by cultivating their self-awareness.
Adapted for young readers from his book for adults The Champion’s Mind (2014), this version combines three revised chapters from the original book with new sections geared toward student athletes. Peppered with quotes from noted individuals in the sporting world and other fields, topics covered include advice for attaining your goals, using visualization, finding your flow state, and learning to grow from negative or stressful experiences. Commendably, the text covers a variety of sports beyond the expected baseball, basketball, soccer, and football, such as golf, tennis, track and field, and gymnastics. While the design of the book is lackluster and the tone is earnest and somewhat dry, valuable information for teen athletes on quality sleep and nutrition, in addition to the above topics, makes it relevant and useful.
Young athletes will find much of value in this guide to developing a winning mindset. (appendix, references and recommended reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12-16)