Don’t Leave Your Mind Behind: The Mental Side of Performance

Mim Haigh
Sports Writer – Athlete Assessments

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The Mental Side of Performance

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Why we recommend it: Dr Nicole Detling, Mental Performance Coach to Team USA at the last three Winter Olympics co-authored this fundamental manual on mental performance with her academic and professional mentor, Dr Keith Henschen.

At Athlete Assessments we recommend Don’t Leave Your Mind Behind because Henschen and Detling isolate the elements that influence performance, analyse obstacles and deliver effective strategies for improvement, irrespective of the performance arena. We also understand the impact that Detling has on performance and consequently we consider Don’t Leave Your Mind Behind as indispensable reading.

In everything we do at Athlete Assessments we love to ‘cut to the chase’, get to the good bits, spend time on the important stuff and when it comes to sport psychology books, we’re no different. DeItling and Henschen have built their book around people like us, with a ‘Gems of this Chapter’ section at the end of each chapter that reiterates all the bits we’d hit with a highlighter.

Book Overview: Don’t Leave Your Mind Behind: The Mental Side of Performance, focuses on the 5 cardinals skills of mental toughness and starts from the basic premise that life is a performance. The authors then consider everyone to be a performer and deliver the crucial skills and strategies to improve performance.

Don’t Leave Your Mind Behind Is divided into three sections and each section covers vital information to improve or optimize performance.

Section 1 discusses the psychological factors that influence performance, specifically motivation and emotional control, including what you need to know to avoid choking and anxiety.

Section 2 covers the cardinal psychological skills and teaches you how to develop them in yourself and in others. You learn how to use imagery and create the kind of self-talk that delivers improvement and importantly, this section shows readers how to put it all together.

Section 3 includes the “other factors to consider” such as burnout, the psychology of injury, kids and performance, coaching gems regarding performance, and the epilogue.

Don’t Leave Your Mind Behind: The Mental Side of Performance is foundation reading for anyone working to optimize their performance.

Click here to buy Don’t Leave Your Mind Behind now.

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