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For Superstar Young Athletes, Only Their Mindset Can Stop Them

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Amazing young athletes have been going viral lately.  Did you see the video of the 11-year-old star of the Downey Christian high school varsity basketball team, who recently performed at halftime of an Orlando Magic game?  How about the 9-year-old girl running around and over the boys in her youth football league, who was invited to sit next to Roger Goodell at last month’s Super Bowl?  Then there’s the 10th grader who is currently starting for the Erie Otters, a major junior hockey team with an average age of 19, whose agent is Hall of Famer Bobby Orr and who NHL star Sidney Crosby compares to himself. These young YouTube sensations, …

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NFL Teams Are Really Listening To Andrew Luck

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For the second half of this NFL season, the only silver lining in several losing teams’ dark clouds is an early round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.  A chance to start over with a top college quarterback like Andrew Luck just might be the turning point for a franchise. To get ready for the draft, hundreds of hours of game film can be broken down to grade player performance with X’s and O’s.  Objective athletic tests at the NFL Scouting Combine rank the NCAA football draftees by speed and strengths, just as the infamous Wonderlic intelligence test tries to rank their brain power. However, despite all of this data, coaches …

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What causes the yips?

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At the wrap-up of the British Open, it seems a good time to examine one of the more interesting problems at the intersection of psychology, biomechanics and neuroscience: the yips. The yips are a general term for the erosion of a common, and previously easy skill. The most prominent examples typically come from golf, when we see a great player lose the ability to drain two and three foot putts, while the rest of his game remains completely intact. For a long time, it was assumed that the yips were a purely psychological phenomenon, linked to a loss of confidence, over-thinking and anxiety. This explanation matches up with a lot of …

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The subtle indicators of NFL success

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Dan Peterson over at Sports are 80 Percent Mental has a really interesting, and somewhat chilling, article about a profiling system called Achievement Metrics that aims to provide professional sports teams with risk-assessment tools for evaluating the probability of a player having off-the-field character issues: Using only the transcripts from a player’s recent college press conferences or interviews, the company’s computer algorithms find patterns in a player’s words and phrases.  Its not just a few vocabulary no-no’s that set off the alarms, but rather a pattern of selected triggers from a “hot list” of over 2000 words.  So, unlike the Wonderlic IQ test that might allow for some pre-test cram sessions …

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