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Focused Sport Performance
8 minutes | Sep 12, 2019
013: Three ways to achieve peak performance: Outcome, Performance, and Process.
When you complete a big event, you are always looking for ways to improve. So how do you evaluate your performance? What characteristics do you use? There are three things you can look at that will help you improve your performance, outcome, performance, and process.OutcomeOutcome results are based on the result of a game or performance. This is important because we keep track of who wins and loses so if it wasn’t important we wouldn’t keep score. But it can’t be the only thing that you base your results on. The drawback of only looking at outcome results is that there is very little control over whether you win or lose. There are a lot of outside variables that also play into the final result. If you lose a baseball game 5-0, what does that tell you about needing to improve for next game? You need to score more runs and give up less runs. That’s it. You either won or lost..So you need something else to evaluate your performance. Losing sucks. I hate losing. But it is a great teacher in that it shows you the area’s that you need to improve. — Pat Summitt For those of you that don’t know, Pat Summitt coached at the University of Tennessee and she won 1,098 games. In part because she didn’t focus only on the result, but wanted to find out what went wrong, and make improvements for the next game.What are the factors that lead to winning?Performance One way to evaluate yourself other than outcome, is to look at performance factors. These are the numbers that get collected on a stat sheet. Looking at your past performances, you can find ways to improve for next time. This gives you a little bit more control on enhancing your performance. So from that stat sheet, try to find things that you think will help you win, then work to improve upon them. Do you need faster splits in your running time, maybe slower in the beginning, then try to increase your speed. That’s called a negative split. For a sport like basketball, many times turnovers and rebounds are always big for a coach to track. But could you also look at things your shooting percentage or assist to turnover ratio.You want to find ways to measure your performance, then work on ways to improve that performance. The reason that this is a better strategy to use than simply outcome data, is that it allows you to make changes and improvements. It allows you to see where you struggle, then you can modify your performance to get better. Now you just need to find ways to measure your performance, track your progress, evaluate how you did, then make adjustments.Process How do you perform an activity at your best? Being able to break down those movements can help you decipher how to execute your sport skillFor example:A baseball pitcher gets in the set position, Take a step back, bring arm overheadAs you step forward, reach back, Get arm into optimal angleBring arm forward to its release point, Follow throughAll of these things are essential to you performing a skill well. These are things that your coach will be telling you to make adjustments on.Again, this is great because you can make changes for improvement!One of my favorite sports is basketball and the jump shot is so simple, yet has a multitude of complexities.You need to have your feet positioned correctly under your shouldersBring the ball up to the shooting positionAt the same time you are starting your jumping motionOnce you hit the top of your jump, you begin to release the ballAgain having a proper release point at the top of your jump, you are releasing off your finger tipsFinally following through with the wrist, and landing on the ground.When we describe the jump shot, it can sound choppy, when really it’s a fluid motion. All of this stuff is happening together, there is a flow to it. But breaking it down allows you a chance to make slight modifications. Say there is a day when you are not making shots, and we all have those, what do you do? Coach tells you to make adjustments. Now you have various parts of your jump shot that you can control and modify to get your ideal performance. When you are in practice you want to try to develop a feel for what that ideal performance is. Now you are able to make slight adjustments to get your shot back. One of my favorite quotes related to this was from Kobe Bryant, in that he said if he missed 7 shots in a row, he was for sure going to shoot the 8th shot. He knew that one was going in. Perhaps because each time, he was getting information about adjustments to make. Athletes need to be able to make those fine tune adjustments in the game to allow him to get back on track.In conclusion, there are three ways you can assess your performance that will help you reach peak performance. Outcome is looking at the final result. Performance is what’s on the stat sheet. Process describes what it looks like for you to perform your best.
31 minutes | Jan 17, 2019
Episode 012: Kevin Eastman- Author (Why the Best are the Best)
In this episode we talk with Kevin Eastman who is the author of the new book Why the Best are the Best.He has spent 13 years in the NBA serving as an assistant coach as well as VP of Basketball Operations with the Los Angeles Clippers.He was also an assistant coach on the Boston Celtics, who won the NBA Championship in 2008 and were in the Finals in 2010.You can find his book at KevinEastman.net
9 minutes | Aug 28, 2018
Episode 011: 4 ways to concentrate
In this episode we explore 4 ways to concentrate using attentional focus. Understanding how you focus can help you keep the mental edge to stay on top.If you are interested in learning more about how to focus better you email FocusedSportPerformance@gmail.com.If you would like the free download worksheet, you can go to: www.focusedsportperformance.com/fsp/episode11.
6 minutes | Aug 14, 2018
Episode 010 - Why you need a mental game plan
In this episode we explore why it is important to have a mental game plan and how it can help you. Additionally we provide examples of how you can use it.
27 minutes | Aug 7, 2018
Episode 009 - Daniel Slater- Ultra Marathoner
I interview ultra marathoner Daniel Slater about his adventures running epic long distance races and the mental approach he takes to perform at his best.
27 minutes | Apr 6, 2018
Episode 008: Matt Landry - Author (Forward, Upward, Onward)
In this episode I interview Matt Landry, author of the new book 'Forward, Upward, Onward'. He shares about his experiences with his hiking challenge of 48 peaks in New Hampshire of 4000 feet within a year.
39 minutes | Mar 19, 2018
Episode 007: Alex Hutchinson - Author (Endure)
I interview Alex Hutchinson, author of the newly released book - Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance. He is a National Magazine Award-winning science journalist focusing on endurance sports. Currently writing for the Sweat Science column for Outside, and was a former columnist for Runner’s World. Also he was a member of the Canadian track and field team running middle and long distances.Click here to check out Endure
31 minutes | Jan 23, 2018
Episode 006: Sandy Stiner - Long Distance Runner
I interview Sandy Stiner, a long distance runner. In December 2017, she completed running all 300 miles of Rochester Hills road, every road in the city.
40 minutes | Jan 8, 2018
Episode 005: Todd Buckingham - Triathlon
Interview with Todd Buckingham, an endurance athlete specializing in the Olympic Distance Triathlon. He has won the '15-17 USAT Age Group Nat. Championship, run Boston, and won the ITU World Championship in '16.
26 minutes | Sep 29, 2017
Episode 004: Cameron Rowland -Volleyball Coach
I interview Cameron Rowland about his experience as a coach teaching the mental game at the college and youth level.
26 minutes | Jan 29, 2016
Episode 003 - Scott Kohen - 1000 Days Running
Interview with Scott Kohen, who has run an average of 3 miles or more a day for 1,000 days. His goal is to eventually reach 10,000 miles run as well as someday qualify for the Boston Marathon.
19 minutes | Dec 24, 2015
Episode 002: Max Petit - Crossfit
I interview Crossfit athlete Max Petit. He currently enters several competitions throughout the year and trains regularly at Next Level Fitness and Black Anvil Training.
20 minutes | Dec 10, 2015
Episode 001: Ian Philbrick - Cross Country
I interview former track athlete, Ian Philbrick. He ran cross country and track at the University at Minnesota at Morris.
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