p class=roman>Mind Games: Sports Psychology for Every Player
by Dr. Gary Beale Vist his website www.drrelax.com
PLAYING MIND GAMES THAT HELP YOU WIN
by Gary A. Beale, PH.D.
There are not many players who can honestly say that their game is never affected by mental or psychological factors.
Almost everyone who competes or attempts to do their best at some important aspect of life has experienced both mental
boosts and hindrances. Doubts, confidence, anxiety, poise, courage and fears for example can have a significant impact
on how well we perform. The more we understand the complex interrelationship between mind and body the more it becomes
clear that in order to perform at our best physically we must properly prepare and use both body and mind. Research and
experience have proven that structured scientific mental training can help us learn to prepare and use our mind to
improve our competitive performance. A key psychological ingredient needed to consistently compete at our best is a
winning attitude. In this context attitude is defined as those thoughts, feelings and emotions associated with a specific
situation or performance. For example the thoughts and feelings we usually associate with a second free throw attempt
with only one second to go in the game and the game tied, for many players, is an overwhelming desire to sink the shot!
In general if we have doubts about our ability to put it in we have trouble doing so. On the other hand if we have
confidence we tend to be much more likely to complete the free throw successfully. There is a scientific basis for the
commonly accepted axiom that confidence at the line leads to better free throw averages. The muscles of the body
involuntarily and instantaneously respond to thoughts, feelings and ideas. This phenomena is referred to as Ideomotor
Activity. In practical terms what this means is that negative thoughts and emotions tend to have a negative effect on
our muscles while positive thoughts tend to have a positive effect. In almost every situation of equal or nearly equal
ability and preparation the more successful player is usually the one who maintains the most consistently positive
attitude and pattern of thought. Basketball players can and should learn to shape their attitude and thought pattern
into one of predominantly positive and confident thinking. Many proven mechanisms exist that can help players and coaches
effectively develop, sustain and enhance a consistent and unshakable winning attitude.
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Gary A. Beale, PH.D. or voice at 1-775-828-6440, toll free at (877) 355-0620.
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The Original Review
I would like to personally thank Dr. Beale for allowing PowerBasketball to review his system and views on sports psychology.
He brought back some much needed thoughts that I had forgotten when coaching my players under the pressure of winning
basketball games. His views are concise and straight forward. His knowledge of sports psychology was impressive enough to
warrant this review.
His system requires the player to be focused enough to handle listening to a couple of tapes for approximately 30 minutes
every evening and reading aloud the "affirmations" that he selects in the initial consultation with Dr. Beale. This consultation
is done through an e-mail process so as not to disrupt the athletes full schedule. Dr. Beale will then reply with the inital
proofs of the player's choices. The player is then held accountable to envision and learn relaxation methods that Dr. Beale
teaches. Remember these affirmations are based on the individual athlete, no two athletes are alike. No program will be designed
The student athlete that I selected is a 15 year old sophomore playing varsity football and varsity basketball. He was one of
a two starting quarterback rotation and the starting center. A very gifted athlete.
His football season ended on a downside as the team lost their first playoff game and were eliminated from further post season play.
Basketball season started up and his physical presence, 6'4" - 220 lbs, was felt on the offensive and defensive boards. His
defensive play was adequate and offensively he was in a slump. I would see Richard on a daily basis in class and he would
explain to me the situation of his game. He was used to being a leader on the team and was feeling stifled on the offensive end.
His confidence was low and his self esteem as a premier player was dropping. Enter Dr. Beale's program.
Richard agreed that his problem was more mental than physical. I explained to him about Dr. Beale's program and he jumped at the
opportunity to "try it out". I explained about the two tape system,
Relaxation and Imagery Conditioning :
to train your body and mind to relax and perform at their best
Subliminal Suggestion and Self-programming :
to enhance the development and maintenance of a positive, winning attitude
The idea of having Richard in my class 5 days a week for a minimum of 60 minutes a day fit very well for TAPE TWO. AS he already
worked at a computer everyday, it was extremely easy to get him to listen to his favorite CD. The catch was that Dr. Beale would
prepare the CD with subliminal suggestioning as Richard had selected his affirmations. The difficult portion was TAPE ONE, Dr. Beale
indicates that the athlete should have a quiet area to relax themselves and provide themselves with the proper imagery for the
tape to wotk. I explained to Richard that he should listen to the tape every night 30 minutes before going to bed and also read aloud
his affirmations as directed by Dr. Beale.
The results did not take long. After two weeks of listening and relaxing, his game improved. He handled the pressure better. He
was able to understand his role on the team better. He could knock down the free throws when we needed them. He had become a
more complete player. I asked Richard to describe the feelings he had after a game. His comment was "I don't know I just feel more
relaxed on the floor. The tape and CD must really be working." Richard has continued to use the combination of CD during class
and imagery at night over the last 8 weeks and it has worked. His scoring is up, rebounding is up, play time is up, every part
of his game has improved. Dr. Beale's system has worked just like the "Dr. ordered".
To bring this review to conclusion, I would admit that I was skeptical about the whole subliminal suggestion process. It doesn't
bother me anymore. Dr. Gary Beale has shown me and my student athlete just what the mind can do to control the physical part of
a game. Thanks, Gary.
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