Mindful Athletic Performance Enhancement Training Program

Mental Training for Athletes of All Ages + Sports + Skill Levels

IT'S TIME TO GO MENTAL!

 

Let me clarify that - It has been suggested that many coaches consider athletic performance as at least 50% physical, 50% mental - sometimes even going up to 80-90% mental!  

 

Most serious athletes are committed to a daily training of the physical body but tend to completely disregard the mental training - which comprises half (or more! ) of the makings of a successful athletic performance!  


That basically means we’re skipping ‘leg’ day and just focusing on a buff upper body...and we all know how that turns out.  No judgement though!  I realize that many athletes, coaches and officials conceptually understand that the mental factors of mindfulness, such as concentrating, relaxing, non-attachment and letting go of thoughts and emotions can aid athletic performance, but have no idea how to actually integrate the techniques with daily training. 

 

That's where the Mindful Athletic Performance Enhancement training comes in! 

 

You or your team can be trained in 6 weekly, 90 minute sessions or a 2-day camp - individual or group training available. 

 

Head Coach + (1) Assistant Coach will be trained for No Charge with minimum team of 10 enrolled.

“Los Angeles Lakers hoping meditation can solve free throw shooting” - espn.com

“Mindfulness, meditation helping elite athletes on and off the field” - abcnews.com

“Why pro athletes are trying 'Mindfulness Training,' and why you should too” - stack.com

“For greatness on the gridiron, NFL teams turn to mindfulness” - cnn.com

Why Mindfulness?

 

There is growing research that certain internal states (e.g., flow) and mental skills (e.g., attention and emotion regulation), which are crucial to peak performance and well-being in athletics, are theoretically consistent with mindfulness and can be strengthened through mindfulness practice.  Tapping into this connection, Mindful Athletic Performance Enhancement is a structured program that trains athletes to approach their sport with mindful awareness and acceptance, potentially heightening both performance and enjoyment.

 

Photograph by Peter Yang for

ESPN the Magazine

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks Practice Mindfulness

THE BENEFITS OF MINDFULNESS IN SPORTS 

 

  • Improves ability to control thoughts and emotions and give competitive edge and improve performance

  • Increases connection between the brain and body, enhancing physical efficiency

  • Helps athletes keep focused and avoid distractions

  • Helps with managing physical discomfort

  • Reduces mind wandering, improving ability to stay in the “zone”

  • Improves an athlete’s resilience

  • Reduces performance stress

  • Increases recovery time

  • Better endurance

  • Helps you cope and adapt when things are not going to plan so that you can get back on track faster

  • Increases your concentration – Helps you stay focused and be in the zone when it matters most

  • Develops control – Maintains emotional balance in the heat of the moment

  • Boosts your confidence – Learn to get unstuck from negative thinking patterns so you can learn to believe and trust in your abilities

  • Commitment – Learn ways to stay connected to and reach your goals, even when the going gets tough

  • Psychological flexibility – Mindfulness helps you adapt and change to whatever situation you are faced with. http://mindfulnessworks.co.nz 

TEAMS AND ATHLETES WHO USE MINDFULNESS TRAINING

 

  • Aaron Gordon

  • Barry Zito

  • Ben Simmons

  • Carli Lloyd

  • Derek Jeter

  • Dirk Nowitzki⁠⁠

  • Harrison Barnes

  • Johnny Wilkinson

  • Kerri Walsh

  • Kevin Garnett

  • Kobe Bryant

  • Lebron James

  • Los Angeles Lakers

  • Michael Jordan

  • Michigan Men’s Basketball

  • Misty May-Treanor

  • New York Knicks

  • Novak Djokovic

  • Russell Wilson

  • Steph Curry

  • The Boston Red Sox

  • The Seattle Seahawks

  • Tom Brady

  • US National BMX team

 

 

What is Mindful Athletic Performance Enhancement Training?

The Mindful Athletic Performance Enhancement (MAPE) training program is a cutting-edge mental training program designed for athletes and coaches.  Drawing on the MSPE program developed by Keith A. Kaufman, Carol R. Glass, and Timothy R. Pineau based on their extensive research in mindfulness, sport sciences, psychology, and neurology, it provides specific guidance in building mindfulness skills essential to consistent, optimal athletic performance.

How Long is the MAPE Training Program?

The Mindful Athletic Performance Enhancement Program is a 6-Week program (one session per week, 90 minutes per session) or two-day camp (5 hours per day) group or individual-based program that contains educational, discussion, and experiential components, as well as recommendations for daily home practice.  The training is easily adapted to accommodate any sport, level of athletic competition from amateur to professional, athletes to coaches.

How Does the MAPE Training Program Work?

The MAPE program is adapted from MSPE, which was developed specifically for athletes, based on the concept of mindfulness - allowing coaches and athletes at all levels to increase their mental readiness and decrease negative reactions, including performance anxiety.  Mindfulness entails being aware of the present moment and accepting things as they are without judgment.   


When athletes are able to simply watch experiences come and go, rather than latch onto and overthink them, they are better able to intentionally shift their focus to their performance rather than distracting negative experiences such as anxiety or attachment to an outcome.  It’s a way to learn to harness the power that comes from synchronizing the mind and body and allowing the athlete to perform in the moment at optimum performance levels.

AND...Does It Actually Work?

This is the really exciting part...MSPE research is ongoing around the world and the first randomized-controlled trial was recently completed with NCAA Division III athletes.  The effectiveness of the training has now been evaluated across a number of sports with student athletes (in elementary, high school, and collegiate settings), recreational athletes in the community, and collegiate coaches.  

 

After MSPE, athletes have demonstrated significant improvements in a number of domains, including increased mindfulness (both overall and specific to sport), dispositional and state flow, life satisfaction, and both self- and coach-rated performance.  In addition, they have shown significant decreases in sport-related anxiety, thought disruption during sport, experiential avoidance and difficulties in emotion regulation. 

How Much Does It Cost?

For one-on-one Mindful Athletic Performance Enhancement training, via Skype, Phone or in-person, each of the (6), 90 minute sessions is $100.00 or you can buy a six-pack of sessions for $510 and save $90 on the entire 6-Session program

 

For team pricing, there are a few variables to consider, please fill out the form below and I'll get right back to you.

Session 1 Sample Overview (120 minutes)

-Mindfulness

-Connection between mindfulness and flow (optimal performance in ‘the zone’)

-Meditation and anchors to train mindful attention in sport

-Incorporating mindfulness with physical and tactical training

-Strengthen capacity of present-moment attention

-Breathing Exercises

-Mindfulness reps for mental strength training

-STOP technique

-Week 1 daily home exercises

 

For more info. or to register an a team for MAPE training, please

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