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Bob Palmer’s five rules for visualizing success in your sport

There are five key rules of visualization that are a must if you want to make it effective. 1) You must understand what the Zone is and you must be able to get into it in your visualization. 2) You … Continue reading

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Mirror neurons and learning in sport— How to turn them on!

Several years ago in my role as a part-time karate instructor, I got run down from too many competing interests for my time. My business required a great deal of travel, my daughters had very active lives and my karate … Continue reading

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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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The Olympics are almost here

Coaches – no last-minute changes please Athletes get the medals; not coaches.  Coaches get their rewards as an offshoot of their athlete’s success.  The individual athlete or team players get the limelight; the coach gets the supporting role or honorable … Continue reading

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Hey, don’t think, just swing the club. A system test-driven by champions

As a high performance strategist and trainer with Olympic medalists in two sports, lots of international and national champions and twenty years of experience, I thought I’d introduce myself to the golfers who read this blog so that you have … 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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