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Recommend a few good sports psychology books

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Recommend a few good sports psychology books

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I checked out In Pursuit of Excellence today. Quite good, lot of tools from many different sources, comprehensive and relevant.

"The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven." - Milton

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Just to be clear, Ice Man has a mutation which allows him to do that, it's not something anybody can do if they apply themselves. You might as well try to grow taller through the power of positive thought.

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Just to be clear, Ice Man has a mutation which allows him to do that, it's not something anybody can do if they apply themselves. You might as well try to grow taller through the power of positive thought.

I agree that I used a poor example, but this thread is about sports psychology -- not reality. I also don't have time to participate on message boards at the moment, so I tried not to get sucked into discussion regarding a field I am quite fascinated with.

As for regulating body temperature, I will refer you to my previous post about the Buddhist monks. There are also many examples with regard to freedivers. They usually combine exercise, yoga and meditation.

The best example is probably Stig Severinsen. He broke the world record by holding his breath for 20 minutes and 10 seconds:

@Deucalion will probably enjoy his comment about neuroplasticity.

He also wrote a book (which I've only glanced through): Breatheology (9781928649342): Stig Avall Severinsen, Mark Colberg Goldsmith, Per Diemer: Books

I really don't like all the spirituality both he and Schwartz in includes. I'm not a very spiritual person, but I am very fascinated by the unconscious mind. I think the vastness of the brain's complexity is cheapened by invoking spirituality.

I've always been very aware of breathing as a way to control the mind. My mother, a former opera singer, taught me the benefits of practicing abdominal breathing at an early age. Then I read about biofeedback in high school and developed my own brand of meditation based on that. This was refined further after I discovered self-directed neuroplasticity. I had always believed in my power to shape myself, and used various methods to induce change in behavior and physiology, but this solidified my belief in the results beyond a potential placebo effect.

I'm done with this thread now and will confine my participation on this board to my journal. However, I would like to add that a deeper control of the body and mind is achievable, but the usual war metaphors, and other motivation based in anger, hinders one from reaching this deeper level. Under relatively normal circumstances, the world around oneself is largely irrelevant, it's how one reacts to it that shapes one's reality.

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Old thread, but may be time to awaken it...

I just picked this one and am enjoying it so far. May not be confined to sports, but falls in the same theme.

Navigating Chaos: How to Find Certainty in Uncertain Situations by Jeff Boss

Some excerpts from the early few pages:

"To perform optimally physically, one must also possess the mental, emotional, and spiritual faculties to face hardship, endure difficulty, become motivated even when not, and ceaselessly pursue a higher purpose that drives him or her to continually improve."

"Anybody can perform a task that he or she already knows and understands. Itís when obscurity, doubt, and stress are interjected into the equation against the backdrop of survival that the
creature of the unknown exposes us for who we are, not just what we know how to do."

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All or Nothing

Brett Steenbarger tells a great story about how Nolan Ryan used to practice in his Enhancing Trader Performance.

I watched 4 seasons of the All or Nothing series in the Amazon Prime library. Its behind-the-scenes stuff around American style football. There isn't a lot about specific techniques, but it strongly reinforces the need to have a balanced psychological state. You get to witness the guys who never descend into deep emotional holes and they are the consistent performers. And the ones who are ate up perform very inconsistently.

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I enjoyed "Golf is not a game of perfect". Its an easy read & the advice is simple & obvious but I still find my self chopping around in the trees to often

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I enjoyed "Golf is not a game of perfect". Its an easy read & the advice is simple & obvious but I still find my self chopping around in the trees to often

On searching my bookshelf I've also got
"In pursuit of Excellence"

I haven't read it for a long time but from memory it had some useful tips & advice.


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