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Complacency. What is it, and why does it matter?

A challenge requires great mental and physical effort in order to be done successfully, and therefore tests a person’s abilities. When a challenge meets, or just slightly exceeds, an athlete’s physical competence, optimal performance and improved learning are possible. This is a basic requirement for triggering performances in the flow state or “the zone.”

Are athletes being challenged too much, or not enough?

Are athletes being challenged too much or not enough?

A challenge requires great mental and physical effort in order to be done successfully, and therefore tests a person’s abilities. When a challenge meets, or just slightly exceeds, an athlete’s physical competence, optimal performance and improved learning are possible. This is a basic requirement for triggering performances in the flow state or “the zone.”

The Flow Boat

Flow Flow Flow Your Boat

Our minds and bodies are complex systems that intertwine on a physical and chemical level. In the ever-evolving research of flow, we are starting to understand the neurochemistry that our brain produces when in the flow state. Let’s discuss a couple of simple strategies to help athletes get in and stay in flow.

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Mindset is Everything.

Well, we all have ‘mental game’ to some degree, and we’re all good at teaching or learning sport-specific skills. Working on things like attitude, effort, discipline, and work ethic is something almost all of us do, but we can take it one step further. Have you ever heard of the ideal performance state of mind, or the flow state?

Focus and Injury Prevention

How does focus influence injury prevention?

Have you ever wondered how an athlete could get injured doing something they’ve done “a thousand times?” Of course, some injuries are the result of poor technique, lack of experience, other players, and faulty equipment, but what about the injuries that occur when an athlete knows what they are doing?

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How important is mental training to your team’s success?

In pivotal moments of gameplay or competition, an athlete’s mindset is often the deciding factor between winning and losing. Nearly every drill, pattern, scrimmage, or practice contribute to an athlete’s mental game, but putting some effort into learning a few key mental training tools will help you achieve extraordinary results.

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Meet the Team – Mike Shaw

Four years ago you would find Mike Shaw living in Whistler, BC, Canada, the Canadian mecca of freestyle skiing. At the time, Mike was coaching some of Canada’s top Half Pipe skiers, helping to develop Canada’s next Olympic heroes. However, in an instant, Mike’s dreams of representing Canada and coaching Canada’s national team at the Olympic Games was stripped away.

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Meet the Team – Cam Smith

We would like to send some happy holiday cheer from our family to yours. Because the holidays are all about family, sharing and telling stories, we are pleased to introduce to you another one of our team members, Cam Smith.

 

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Meet the Team – Hunter Visser

This week we are excited to introduce our mastermind, Hunter Visser. Hunter came to HeadStart after retiring from competitive halfpipe skiing. If you have been keeping up to date on our blog, you might have noticed a pattern starting to emerge; we like to ski.
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