Game-Changing Coach

Mindful Strategies for Peak Performance

by Mary Fenerty Schumann PhD



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/8/2018

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Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 198
ISBN : 9781532030420
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 198
ISBN : 9781532030413

About the Book

Coaching today’s athletes is a challenging and demanding job but one ripe with opportunity. A coach’s impact on young athletes’ lives can be considerable. In Game-Changing Coach, author Dr. Mary Fenerty Schumann shares valuable insights for coaches who want to help their athletes and teams move toward peak performance. She presents anecdotes, briefly reviews relevant research, and, most importantly, gives ideas and techniques on how best to work with athletes and teams. Tackling such topics as communication, motivation, positive coaching, and goal setting, she encourages coaches to follow certain practices when building teams that work well together. The chapters on self-efficacy and growth versus fixed mind-set add new perspective to teaching athletes constructive thinking. Additionally, she describes specific ways of intervening to help athletes deal with anxiety, slumps, and choking.Current issues such as dealing with parents, the use of technology, and academic performance are also discussed. She explores the use of mindfulness as a tool to help coaches teach present-moment focus. Schumann’s breadth of knowledge comes from her work with Division I athletic teams, her experience teaching sport psychology, and her work as a clinical and sport psychologist. Offering practical tips and techniques, Game-Changing Coach gives fresh ideas for new coaches and encourages experienced coaches to try different things.

About the Author

Mary Fenerty Schumann, PhD, is a clinical and sport psychologist and the founder of Mindful Athletic Performance. She practices in Vienna, Virginia. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at George Mason University, where she has taught a variety of classes, including sport psychology and mental skills and has conducted team-building exercises with several Division I teams. She has been teaching at the university level for twenty years.