Monday, July 22, 2013

Mental Training

We are on our 5th week of mental training as a team and today our junior class will lead the session on TRUST. These 30 minute sessions once a week are one of my favorite times with our team as we grow stronger as a unit. Next week our final session of the summer will be led by former Bobcat and doctoral intern, Scotta Morton. Scotta will be in town to host the annual Sid & Frosty Camp as well. If you are an athlete and want to take your game (any sport) to the next level you need to check out Scotta's camp. It runs August 5-8th in the MSU Rec Center and covers the mental parts of performance including visualization, relaxation, goal setting, self talk, and focus to name just a few of the main points. If you think about the elite athletes in sport they are exceptional when it comes to mental toughness. I believe and Scotta believes this is a skill & can be developed & strengthened over the course of time. Case in point-Katie Bussey. Katie came in as a freshmen, took the mental skill development to heart, and left Montana State at an entirely new level. Now she is competing professionally because of her mental toughness & ability to focus on what's important. We can all continue improving on the mental part of the game as we continue to develop on the physical aspects. I remember my high school coach tell me you are either getting better or you are getting worse. I think this would apply to the mental side of things as well. Go Cats! Coach Bin

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