The Role of Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence in Performance Psychology
Dr. Julie Emmerman shares some fascinating insights into how your social-emotional development can impact the bonds you build—and the success you might achieve—with your athletes.
Dr. Julie Emmerman
How Sport Psychology Can Unlock Athletic Potential
Sport psychology is proving to be just as important—if not more so—than physiology, but how do you incorporate it into your coaching—for the benefit of you and your athletes? This module is designed to help you do exactly that.
What is a Biopsychosocial Approach to Coaching?
We are products of our social, mental, and biological processes, but what does this mean for coaches and athletes? Andy Kirkland explains how to adjust training for better results.
Dr. Andy Kirkland
Which Comes First: Trust or Commitment?
Much to the surprise of some coaches, mental performance expert Jeff Troesch argues that you can have commitment from your athletes without trust. He explains how—and why—this is important.
Understanding Motivation and How It Affects Performance
Motivation is key to the performance psychology puzzle, dependent on some fundamental human needs. If those needs are not met, an athlete’s passion for sport, their self-esteem, and their motivation will suffer.
How to Score and Strengthen Your Relationship Game
The degree to which you cultivate a positive coach-athlete relationship will enhance your athletes’ race performances—and help you retain them as clients. We look at how this is best achieved.
Polarized Training Pathway
External Load vs. Internal Response
Load, stress, strain—they’re terms we hear a lot in sports science, but what do they mean? Dr. Stephen Seiler explores how your internal response to external load will change as you become fitter and more durable.
Dr. Stephen Seiler
5 Things to Know About How Polarized Training Changes Over a Season
Get the right mix of intensity at the right time and polarized training pays off. Take a disciplined approach for best results.
After talking about the benefits of cross training on the Fast Talk podcast, Coach Lauren Vallee gives us some of her go-to bike and run workouts that can help cyclists with their running—and runners with their cycling.
We live in an era of data overload, so knowing how to interpret that data is key. Alan Couzens talks with us about how neural networks might be the answer.
The Craft of Coaching, Module 7: The Versatile Coach
Performance Gains from Year-Round Training
Coaching works best as a process of building performance, rather than a hot pursuit of an outcome. Coach Julie Young describes the performance gains a busy executive experienced at the Leadville 100 mountain bike race. Breaking from his habit of cramming for the event with just six months of training, he committed to year-round coaching, incorporating strength and stability work and building the mental resilience that made him a better athlete.
Which Goes Further—Talent or Motivation—and What Does This Mean for Your Coaching Style?
Every coach wants to work with athletes who possess both talent and motivation in spades. In reality, your clients are probably lacking in one or the other. As we explore the four types of athletes, consider how your coaching style might be well-suited to a particular type, and whether your client list reflects this.
All athletes reach a point where progress depends more on the skills they can build between their ears, more than the strength of their legs or lungs. The very best athletes are as strong mentally as they are physically. Grant Holicky, Dr. Stephen Cheung, Dr. Simon Marshall, Lesley Paterson, Julie Emmerman, and Julie Young help us explore these critical and often overlooked mental skills.