Online training to take your game to the next level.
Learn from real “HeadStart Stories” told by amateurs and professionals. HeadStartPro features athletes who share their experiences so that you can learn from their mistakes, instead of having to learn the hard way.
Enhance Performance, Prevent Injuries
HeadStartPro blends performance-enhancing training tools with proven injury-prevention techniques. Our coaching workshops and athlete resources give teams the tools to improve focus, awareness, and mindfulness.
Learn tools and techniques that help:
- Manage internal & external distractions
- Control physical & mental states
- Increase self-confidence
- Strengthen visualization & imagery
- Improve team cohesion & communication
- Reduce critical errors
- Enhance performance
- Prevent costly injuries
HOW IT WORKS
If you are like most people, we spend the majority of our time doing things we know how to do well. It’s not like we are learning to run, skate or jump for the first time, and we certainly know how to get ourselves ready, off to practice and onto the playing field. So, why do we make mistakes when we know what we are doing?
Most of the time we make a mistake it is because of one or more of
Cause or contribute to
THESE CRITICAL ERRORS:
Which increase the risk of significant
performance errors and injuries.
We all make critical errors, even when we know how to do something well, and these mistakes undoubtedly affect our performance. HeadStartPro helps us prevent making costly mistakes with technology that extends beyond error prevention, and moves into enhanced performance to help athletes achieve peak performances more often and more reliably. We all know the power of ‘the zone’ we just don’t know how to get there reliably, so HeadStartPro helps us do just that.
HeadStartPro uses a combination of proprietary critical error reduction techniques as well as other proven performance enhancement tools and techniques like arousal regulation, visualization, pre-performance routines, checklists, and attention control strategies.
Let’s face it, no course can make up for a good coach or discipline. But, regardless of how good you are, HeadStartPro can make you a better athlete. You will find techniques in HeadStartPro that you won’t find in any other course.
WHY IT MATTERS
When an athlete makes one or more critical errors they compound, derailing performance and crushing self-confidence. There’s a ripple effect too. It doesn’t take many significant performance errors in a game or competition to create a downward spiral for the entire team in terms of performance. However, the number one problem an athlete faces is injury or being sidelined from play. If you can’t play, you can’t perform.
- An estimated 4.27 million Canadians aged 12 or older suffered an injury severe enough to limit their usual activities in 2009–2010.
- Young people aged 12 to 19 had the highest likelihood of injury. More than one-quarter (27%) of this age group suffered an injury.
- Two out of three (66%) injuries among adolescents were linked to sports.
*Canadian Injury Statistics by Age Group and Causation
WHY IT WORKS
When you improve the ability to control your mind, your performance-capacity rapidly increases.
If you start making critical errors and your focus becomes compromised, so does your performance and you become much more susceptible to injuries.
HeadStartPro gives athletes the ability to get in, and stay in the peak performance zone more consistently, where everything clicks and they play at their best while significantly reducing the risk of injury.
HeadStartPro Featured Athletes
The HeadStartPro course showcases real stories told by amateur and professional athletes about performance errors and injuries. The stories illustrate how rushing, frustration, fatigue, and complacency affect athletes so that you can learn to prevent critical errors and enhance performance.
Professional Soccer Player, seven years playing MLS
Michael Chabala is a retired Major League Soccer player (left back) from Fresno, California. Chabala started his playing career at the University of Washington before being drafted by the Houston Dynamos in 2006. Between 2006 and 2011, Michael developed as a professional player, finishing his contract with the Dynamos on a career high. In 2011, after being traded to the Portland Timbers where he quickly became a fan favorite. Impressive performances and interactions with the crowd made him an entertaining player to watch. His MLS career concluded during the 2012 season playing for DC United.
In the HeadStartPro coach and athlete courses, Michael shares his story about a dynamic performance error that leads to one of the most embarrassing (and costly) moments of his career.
Professional Football Player, ten years in the NFL, 3 x Pro-Bowler
Kimble Anders grew up in Galveston Texas playing football (fullback) for Galveston Ball High School. He played college ball for the University of Houston where he produced 261 carries for 1,359 yards and 16 TDs to go with 115 receptions for 1,718 and 11 scores. In 1990, Kimble began his NFL career after being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 1991, he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs where he played for the remainder of his 11-year career. Kimble’s career highlights include 18 touchdowns in the NFL, accumulating 2261 rushing yards (NFL), and being called to the AFC Pro Bowl team three years running, 1995-1997.
Kimble Anders finished his playing career in Kansas City and returned home to Galveston, TX to coach Galveston Ball’s high school team, which reinvigorated the high school program. He’s also the Athletic Director of the Galveston Independent School District, where he brings his passion for sport and football back to his community.
In the HeadStartPro course, Kimble shares how injuries often happen when you least expect them and that it’s usually not the most dangerous part of your sport that sidelines you from play.
Two-time Olympic Mogul Skier and 2007 World Champion
Kristi Richards is a former Canadian freestyle ski team member from Summerland, BC. She climbed the ranks of competition succeeding at the national and Nor-Am Cup level (North-America Cup) before joining the Canadian freestyle team and skiing in two Olympic games. In 2006, Kristi placed 7th in Turin, Italy on the world’s largest stage. Following the 2006 Olympics, she won gold at the 2007 World Championships in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, narrowly beating her fell Canadian teammate and Olympic Champion. In 2010, Kristi went into the Olympic games, favoured to win gold on her home soil in Vancouver, BC. The event was disappointing for Kristi, but she is the epitome of athletic will and determination. In the last event of her career, Kristi placed third in the 2011 World Championship mogul event in Deer Valley, UT, USA.
In Kristi’s HeadStart Story, she shares her 2010 Olympic experience and shows learners that composing yourself at pivotal moments makes all the difference when it comes to achieving success in competition or game-play scenarios.
Professional Hockey Player, over fourteen years in the NHL
Jordin Tootoo (right wing), who wears the number ‘22’ as a play on words for his name, is one of the best-known agitators in the NHL. He signed with the Nashville Predators after the 2001 NHL draft. He became the first player of Inuit descent and the first player to grow up in Nunavut to play in a regular season NHL game. His playing career has taken him from the Nashville Predators to the Detroit Red Wings, the New Jersey Devils, and most recently the Chicago Blackhawks. At the end of the 2016-17 season, Tootoo had racked up 64 goals, 96 assists, and 717 career NHL games played since entering the league in 2003. He is currently an unrestricted free agent.
Jordin actively supports his community when off the ice. In 2015, he was awarded the NHL Foundation Player Award for displaying valued characteristics to the NHL; commitment, perseverance, and teamwork. Jordin runs camps for kids in his hometown of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut to promote hockey skill, life skills, and teamwork among the youth. He started the Team Tootoo Foundation to raise awareness for suicide prevention and anti-bullying programs for youth at risk after losing his brother to suicide at age 22. So much more than a hockey player, Jordin’s life journey has been documented in his 2014 book, All The Way: My Life On Ice.
With HeadStartPro, Jordin shares one of his stories to help young athletes learn to improve the way they play while preventing injuries.
Professional Skier, Olympian, and X-Games Halfpipe Gold Medalist
Simon D’Artois is a freestyle skier (halfpipe) from Whistler, BC, Canada. Simon is a stand out in the professional skiing world, but not without hard work and dedication. He’s climbed the competition ranks in his home province (BC) and on the national stage before taking the world by storm. His top career highlight came after a phenomenal performance in the Winter X-games in Aspen Colorado (2015) where he took gold. Since then Simon has won multiple medals on the World Cup circuit. In 2018, he represented his country on the world stage during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Simon is a current member of the Canadian Halfpipe Ski team and has his sights on the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, China.
In the HeadStartPro course, Simon shares how he uses the concepts, tools, and techniques to enhance his performance. Simon uses his perspective and experience in extreme sports to show learners how they can get in (and stay in) the peak performance zone more consistently.
Professional Baseball Player, MLB, 2001 World Series Champion
Chad Moeller is a decorated professional baseball player (catcher) with over seven years in the major league and a total of 16 years in his professional playing career. He went to college at the University of Southern California where he played for the USC Trojans. In 1996, Chad signed with the Minnesota Twins where he played for four years. Chad’s career highlight came in the form of a World Series championship ring when he played for the Arizona Diamondbacks (2000-2003) and they defeated the New York Yankees in the 2001 World Series. Between 2004 and 2010, Moeller played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Cincinnati Reds, LA Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, and New York Yankees. In 2006 he was named to the USA’s provisional roster for the World Baseball Classic. He hit 29 home runs and scored 132 RBI’s in his career.
Chad now shares his passion for the sport with youth baseball as a coach, instructor, and catching and hitting analyst. In the HeadStartPro course, Chad shares some wisdom about how most of the serious injuries happen away from the game, they happen during practice when you’re least expecting it.