Category Archives: Leadership

In support of competition in sport: Thoughts from a karate dojo

“If wanting to win is a fault, as some of my critics seem to insist, then I plead guilty. I like to win. I know no other way. It’s in my blood.”                                                     – Bear Bryant, … Continue reading

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Brilliant Coaches: They know how to push your buttons

As the National Hockey League prepares for the 2014-15 season, teams are filling gaps in positions and skill sets, so that in six months (and 82 games) of player trades, injuries, fatigue, drama of contracts, personality clashes, media and fan … Continue reading

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Team Family: It takes a family to raise and inspire an athlete

The family unit, whatever its make-up, can be a powerful contributing force to a young athlete’s preparation and success in sport. With the right approach, training to get all members of the family on the same page and supportive of … Continue reading

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Stopped having fun in your sport? Here’s a high performance tip for getting your passion back

The key (and often unsaid) reason athletes seek out sport mental training from high performance trainers like me is fun — they’ve stopped having it.  Whether it is because of inconsistency, losing, injuries, reduced playing time or on-going intimidation, athletes … Continue reading

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How to Become an Emotional Coach in Your Child’s Sport

In a previous blog I wrote on the topic of coaches being the emotional ballast for their athletes and I’m now tackling another a key players in the process—parents. I’m very supportive of parents of young athletes because I am … Continue reading

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The Indispensable Athlete: How to make the cut on your sports team

This tip from Bob Palmer, high performance expert with SportExcel, is for athletes of any age who have a desire to win, and need to take charge of the direction of their training. It is especially for athletes in the … Continue reading

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When the Coach is in the Zone

Hockey playoff season is happening right now and this tip is for hockey coaches as well as coaches in other sports. Coaches set the tone and the example for the team in terms of posture and physiology. If the coaches … Continue reading

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Three strategies to stop mind games in your sport.

An athlete recently asked me how to get distracting or hurtful comments made by competitors out of her head so that she could refocus on her racing. That is a great question from the point of view of both you … Continue reading

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Three Steps to Sport Cross-Training Results

How elite athletes target high performance physiology from the get-go Have you ever started off your season where running is just plain not fun and warming up takes forever? Or perhaps this sounds like all of your training runs.  If … Continue reading

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Triathlete Training Tip: Blast through the Blues

SportExcel’s High Performance Trainer, Bob Palmer, answers a triathlete’s question: How can I train when I don’t feel motivated to do anything? Like us on Facebook SportExcel   SportExcel Website: http://www.sportexcel.ca

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