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Above the Game Mental Training offers sports performance consulting services that help athletes increase their confidence, consistency, and overall mental toughness.
What holds your athlete back?
Do they ...
- Shy away from contact instead of leaning in aggressively
- Feel nervous under the pressure of big moments
- Practice strong but perform inconsistently in competition
- Consistently lack energy and motivation
- Shut down after a mistake or a bad performance
- Deal with intense negativity and self-doubt while on the bench
If any of these describe your athlete, I want you to know these challenges are rarely due to lack of talent.
Most athletes who do not live up to their potential do so because they were never taught to control their mental game.
The Mental Training Process
What is mental training anyway?
The process looks a little something like this:
Your athlete's mind is their greatest tool. Taking responsibility for their actions and experiences is the first step in controlling their mind.
Identifying your athlete's challenges serves as the focal point of mental training efforts. Examples include negative self-talk or inability to focus.
Mental training is explored through brain education, skill-building exercises, and tools specific to your athlete's challenges.
PUT IT INTO PRACTICE
Mental toughness takes effort and practice. Athlete's find success by consistently identifying challenges and building on small wins.
**While the high-level process may seem simple, there are no quick fixes when it comes to performance challenges. Improving an athlete's mental toughness can be a complex process.**
HELLO! I'M KADEE.
Did you know that ⅓ of recruited athletes quit in their sophomore year of college?
I did because I was one of them.
I quit basketball prematurely. At the height of my career and under the pressure of college athletics, my self-confidence took a hit. I began to experience performance anxiety. I didn’t have “pushy sports parents,” I didn’t have an abusive coach or a bad team. I wasn’t even physically burned out — quite the opposite. I was inconsistent, but I was coming into some of my best playing days. And I still chose to leave my sport. Why? Because I couldn't get control of my mind. The back and forth began to feel more like torture than it did a fun and rewarding experience. And I know I’m not alone. This mental struggle is one that many elite athletes will face at some point in their sports career.