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Sports Psychology Podcast by Peaksports.com

A sports psychology, mental toughness, and mental training radio show that seeks to help athletes, coaches and sports parents reach peak performance. Learn the latest mental training strategies to identify ineffective mindsets, improve sports confidence, and boost your performance. Get free mental game tips from sports psychology expert Dr. Patrick Cohn.

Episodes

  • How to Overcome All or None Thinking

    May 31 2020

    In this Mental Training podcast, you learn why perfectionist athletes partake in irrational thinking. In this case “all or none thinking” and how to prevent it. One of the characteristics of perfectionists is that they view their performance as black or white, good or bad, with no shades of gray in between. This leads to athletes judging their performance harshly when they don’t perform up to their unwritten standards. These athletes over analyze and judge their performance as either good or b...more

  • Challenges for Athletes' Return to Sport with Brenley Shapiro

    May 25 2020

    This week Dr. Cohn speaks with Brenley Shapiro for The Sports Psychology Podcast. Shapiro is the founder of Heads Up High Performance in Toronto. She’s a Sport Psychology, Performance Consultant and Certified Sports Vision Trainer. She’s the first female Mental Performance Consultant for the Arizona Coyotes in the NHL, as well as the OHL for the Peteborough Petes. Brenley has been in practice for over 20 years working with athletes, teams, individuals, and organizations, and is the founder of He...more

  • Anxiety and Tension in Perfectionist Athletes

    May 17 2020

    In this sports psychology podcast of Sessions with Doc, Dr. Cohn discusses how perfectionist athletes have anxiety and tension when they compete. One of the characteristics of perfectionists is that they feel a lot of anxiety and worry due to their fear of failure. Often the fear is about disappointing others and not being seen as the star athlete by others. These athletes tend to focus more on the outcomes rather than the process. And they are both distracted and feel pressure to do well for ot...more

  • Dr. Cassidy Preston on Athletes and Social Approval

    May 10 2020

    In this podcast of Mental Training Sessions with Doc, we talk to Dr. Cassidy Preston. Dr. Preston is the founder of Consistent Elite Performance and is a full-time Sport & Performance Psychology Consultant that specializes in working with elite athletes, teams, and businesses. Cassidy has an extensive background in hockey as a former OHL & PRO player. Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read...more

  • Perfectionist Athletes Who Are Easily Frustrated

    May 03 2020

    In this podcast of Mental Training Sessions with Doc, you learn why perfectionist athletes become easily frustrated. One of the characteristics of perfectionists is that they get upset very quickly when they make mistakes. These athletes lose emotional control quickly and become derailed mentally when they are not performing up to their standards or expectations. Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness...more

  • Perfectionism in Sports and Life

    Apr 24 2020

    In this podcast Dr. Patrick Cohn, Master Mental Game Coach, speaks with Ella McCrystal. McCrystal is Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist and counselor in the UK. In this podcast Ella and Doc speak about the top challenges for perfectionists in athletics and life. Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sports Psychology Audio Programs Follow Ella on ...more

  • Perfectionist Athletes With Fragile Confidence

    Apr 19 2020

    One of the characteristics of perfectionists is that they tend to have more confidence in practice than they do in competition. Fragile confidence means that athletes’ confidence goes up-and-down rapidly depending on how they are performing in the moment. And this ties into athletes’ high expectations… Learn how to get off the confidence roller coaster and have more stable confidence, which should be a goal for all athletes. Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents Learn about Mental ...more

  • Perfectionist Athletes Who Have High Expectations

    Apr 05 2020

    Today you learn about the second challenge in the Top 10 Challenges of Perfectionism. Here, you learn about perfectionist athletes who have high expectations. One of the characteristics of perfectionists is that they are very hard on themselves due to their extremely high expectations or standards for their performance.  When athletes fail to reach their high expectations, it has a negative effect on their confidence because they questions why they can’t perform up to their self-imposed standard...more

  • Athletes Who Are Stuck in a Practice Mindset

    Mar 22 2020

    Today on the Top 10 Challenges of Perfectionism Dr. Cohn talks about athletes who are stuck in a practice mindset when they compete. One of the characteristics of perfectionists is that they are very comfortable in their practice routines, but as comfortable in competition–for many different reasons. One reason is they are confident in their practice, drilling, and they perform well in practice. But at game time, they try too hard to be perfect with their technique. Listen to the full podcast to...more

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Perfectionist Athletes

    Jan 24 2020

    Today I’m introducing a new mental training series on the Top 10 Challenges of Perfectionism. Some of the greatest athletes ever are perfectionists including Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, and Serena Williams. So how did they get away with being perfectionists? Is this part of the reason why these athletes are great or is perfectionism a thorn in their side? The best athletes are able to parlay the advantages into shaping their greatness while managing the disadvantages that come with being a perfectio...more

  • Interview with Matthew Farber

    Oct 06 2019

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers mental game questions in Sessions With Doc. Why do so many athletes struggle with confidence? Listen to Dr. Cohn's new podcast to learn about Matthew Farber's experience in mental coaching. Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sports Psychology Au...more

  • Improve Concentration for Basketball

    Aug 03 2019

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers mental game questions in Sessions With Doc. What do I need to do to focus better in my basketball games? Listen to Dr. Cohn's new podcast to learn how to cope with distractions during the basketball game. Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sport...more

  • Playing Too Tight in the Basketball Game

    Jul 28 2019

    Are you a basketball player that often plays too tight in your game? In this video I’ll discuss: Basketball players who tend to play too tight in the basketball game. In this video, Dr. Cohn will talk about how to take all the skills you display in practice and implement them in your game. Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sports Psychology...more

  • How to Stop Overthinking in Basketball

    Jul 21 2019

    Do you struggle with overthinking and playing indecisive on the basketball court? Listen to this podcast to learn how to be more decisive and think less on the basketball court. Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sports Psychology Audio Programs *Subscribe to The Sports Psychology Podcast at iTunes

  • Stable Confidence in Basketball

    Jun 23 2019

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers mental game questions in Sessions With Doc. How to have stable confidence in Basketball? Listen to Dr. Cohn's new podcast to learn how to have confidence in basketball. Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sports Psychology Audio Programs *Subs...more

  • 5 Mental Toughness Skills for Basketball

    Jun 02 2019

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers mental game questions in Sessions With Doc. What are some Mental Toughness Skills for Basketball?   Listen to Dr. Cohn's new podcast to learn how to be mentally tough in basketball. Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sports Psychology Audio Prog...more

  • Interview with Phil Costa, Retired NFL Player

    May 19 2019

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers mental game questions in Sessions With Doc. How do I transition out of being an athlete? How do I stay focused when I know I'm nearing the end of my athletic career? Listen to Dr. Cohn's new podcast to learn how to relax the mind and body in basketball. Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read o...more

  • Relaxing the Mind & Body in Basketball

    May 12 2019

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers mental game questions in Sessions With Doc. How to relax the mind & body in basketball? Listen to Dr. Cohn's new podcast to learn how to relax the mind and body in basketball. Resources for Athletes, Coach, and Sports Parents Learn about Mental Game Coaching For Athletes Download our a FREE Mental Toughness Report Read our Sports Psychology Articles Check out our Sports Psychology Audio Programs ...more

  • How to Respond to Poor Performances in Competition

    Dec 09 2018

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers mental game questions in Sessions With Doc. Does a poor performance really rock your world and you tend to lose confidence and wonder what's going on? Today I'm answering a questions from someone who had left a question on our blog at peaksports.com/sports-psychology-blog. Here's what Rick had to say: "I'm in need of some help... I just had one of the worst football games of my entire football caree...more

  • What Skills Are Learned in Mental Training?

    Nov 25 2018

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers mental game questions in Sessions With Doc. I'm continuing my series on: What is mental coaching? How does mental coaching work? And, what do you do as a mental coach? Another question that I receive from listeners is: "What are the things that you do as a mental coach? What are the things that you work on when you're working with athletes?" COHN: It is a good question and one I receive often from p...more

  • The Mental Coaching Process

    Nov 11 2018

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers mental game questions in Sessions With Doc. I get a lot of questions about mental coaching and what a mental coach does and how the process works... Today, I'm going to answer a questions from one of our listeners about: "How does mental coaching or mental training work?" COHN: Once we get connected with an athlete that is interested in metal coaching, we will ask a few questions and see if it is a ...more

  • What is Mental Game Coaching?

    Oct 28 2018

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers mental game questions in Sessions With Doc. We get a lot of questions about doing mental coaching and what mental coaching is all about. There are some myths and misconceptions out there so I would like to start to clear that up. One of the questions I received from my listeners is: "What is the success rate with your mental coaching?" When I get that questions I know that person doesn't really un...more

  • Fragile Confidence and Perfectionism in Volleyball

    Sep 02 2018

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn talks with Dr. Megan Melchiorre. They discuss the psychology of volleyball and some of the challenges that volleyball players have. Dr. Megan is the newest member of the Peak Performance Sports team. She is the lead mental coach specializing in working with youth and high school athletes in various sports. Do you struggle with fragile self-confidence in games? In this podcast, Dr. Cohn and Dr. Megan discuss...more

  • Trusting Your Skills in Volleyball Games

    Aug 19 2018

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn talks with Dr. Megan Melchiorre. They discuss the psychology of volleyball and some of the challenges that volleyball players have. Dr. Megan is the newest member of the Peak Performance Sports team. She is the lead mental coach specializing in working with youth and high school athletes in various sports. Are you (or your volleyball players) able to take your practice game to competition? In this podcast, Dr...more

  • How to Manage Perfectionism in Volleyball

    Aug 05 2018

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn talks with Dr. Megan Melchiorre. They discuss the psychology of volleyball and some of the challenges that volleyball players have. Dr. Megan is the newest member of the Peak Performance Sports team. She is the lead mental coach specializing in working with youth and high school athletes in various sports. Are you (or your volleyball players) highly self-critical of your performance? In this podcast, they wil...more

  • Perfectionist Players & Volleyball

    Jul 22 2018

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn talks with Dr. Megan Melchiorre. They discuss the psychology of volleyball and some of the challenges that volleyball players have. Dr. Megan is the newest member of the Peak Performance Sports team. She is the lead mental coach specializing in working with youth and high school athletes in various sports. In this podcast, they will discuss... What are some challenges with perfectionist players? COHN: We know...more

  • How to Help Athletes Stay Aggressive At The End of a Game

    Jul 08 2018

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn talks with Dr. Megan Melchiorre. Dr. Megan is the newest member of the Peak Performance Sports team. She is the lead mental coach specializing in working with youth and high school athletes in various sports. Do you have teams that tend to get tight at the end of a set when maybe they didn't expect to win against the opponent and they tighten up and end up losing the set? In this podcast, they will answer the...more

  • How to Mentally Focus In Games

    Jun 17 2018

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn talks with Dr. Megan Melchiorre. Dr. Megan is new at Peak Performance Sports. She is the lead mental coach specializing in working with youth and high school athletes in various sports. In this podcast, they will answer the question of the week... "How do you teach players to mentally focus throughout an entire game?" COHN: Dr. Megan, obviously focus is super important for any athlete and certainly volleyball...more

  • How to Help Players Cope With Mistakes in Games

    Jun 03 2018

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn talks with Dr. Megan. Dr. Megan is new at Peak Performance Sports. She is the lead mental coach specializing in working with youth and high school athletes in various sports. In this podcast, they will answer a question from one of our readers... "How do you help players cope with mistakes and keep their head in the game so they can continue to play confidently?" COHN: We know that athletes tend to unravel an...more

  • How to Have Stable Confidence in Games

    May 20 2018

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn talks with Dr. Megan. Dr. Megan is new at Peak Performance Sports. She is the lead mental coach specializing in working with youth and high school athletes in various sports. In this podcast, they will answer a question from our most recent survey... "How do you have stable confidence during a game so it doesn't go up and down with every mistake or problem?" Do you have athletes that tend to get on the confid...more

  • Overcoming Doubt in Triathlons

    Apr 08 2018

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn interviews Andre Bekker, a professional cyclist and previously ranked #1 in the age category 50+ for the 70.3 Triathlon long distance. Another big challenge we find with triathletes is that once they start the run and are already 5, 6, 7 hours into an Ironman, they really start to have doubts about what they are doing... They start questioning why they are doing this and why are they putting themselves thro...more

  • Staying Composed on The Bike Leg in a Triathlon

    Mar 25 2018

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn interviews Andre Bekker, a professional cyclist and previously ranked #1 in the age category 50+ for the 70.3 Triathlon long distance. A big challenge that triathletes face when on the bike leg is that they tend to worry about who is around them and very often get irritated with another person on the bike leg that keeps slowing down or passing them. How do you have that composure when there is another biker o...more

  • How to Mentally Prepare For Challenges in Races

    Mar 04 2018

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert Dr. Patrick Cohn interviews Andre Bekker, a professional cyclist and previously ranked #1 in the age category 50+ for the 70.3 Triathlon long distance. Do you have a race plan? Do you use visualization before races? You want everything to go smooth during races... but what happens when your goggles fall off or your bike tire pops? What do you do when you have equipment issues or failure? How do you prepare mentally to deal ...more

  • Overcoming Momentum Changes in Hockey

    Dec 10 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Do you play hockey and occasionally lose your confidence? Matt wrote in and said: “My son is a 14 year old hockey goalie. He plays at a high level. He's trained by professionals and is considered one of the top goalies in our area. He suffers from sporadic confidence issues in games. I would like some guidance on helping bui...more

  • How to Help Athletes Cope With Intense Coaches

    Oct 29 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week: Does your son or daughter freeze up on the playing field because the coach is really intense? Kay said: “Intense coaches make my son freeze up on the field, lose confidence and want to quit the sport he loves. What can I do to help him stay relaxed and play well?” In th...more

  • Integrating The Mental Game in Training Players With Coach Kav

    Oct 15 2017

    In this week’s sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn interviews Justin Kavanaugh, better know as Coach Kav. Coach Kav has been a coach for over 15 years. He's trained over 50,000 athletes and helped prepare hundred of college and future NFL players for their combines and pro days. He has a wealth of training and business experience in the field and is regarded as one of the top speed experts in the country. He recently published a groundbreaking Athlete Self-H...more

  • Common Fears For Ball Players With Throwing Yips

    Oct 01 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week: Do you struggle with throwing down to 2nd base or simply throwing balls in a baseball game? Jason said: “I grew up playing baseball my whole life. I get nervous when I even just think about throwing and when I try to throw hard at my target I throw it in the dirt or ove...more

  • Letting Go of Mistakes on The Court

    Sep 17 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. This week's question is: “I play tennis and very frequently get mad at myself and my game. I cannot seem to let go of my mistakes and need help with myself mentally on the court. I am constantly blaming myself for all the mistakes. What would you suggest?” Listen to this week's podcast to see what mental game tips Dr. Cohn g...more

  • Playing Consistent Hockey

    Sep 03 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Do you tend to struggle with your consistency in hockey games? Adam wrote in and said: “I’m 17 and I have a question about inconsistency… I play hockey and this season was just a perfect one but now I made it to my national team U18 and had just a few awful games and the worst part is that my team is counting on me as I play...more

  • When Anxiety Makes Young Athletes Quit

    Aug 20 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Do you have a young athlete that feels a lot of anxiety about his or her performance and is ready to give up? Brad wrote in and said: “My son is a great soccer player but at 16 he has given up due to anxiety and panic attacks and he says he has lost his passion for the game. What do I do, or do I help him as he doesn’t seem ...more

  • Taking Practice Putting to The Course

    Aug 06 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Do you have great mechanics and putt freely on the practice green, but when you go to the golf course you tend to struggle on the greens? Don wrote in and said: “I’m a mid to high handicap golfer and I have problems putting. Mechanically all seems fine but when I get over the ball things start to change. I start to question ...more

  • Help Kids Build Resilience With Dr. Kate Lund

    Jul 23 2017

      In this week’s sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn interviews Dr. Kate Lund. Dr. Kate Lund is a licensed clinical psychologist and performance coach with more than 15 years of experience. She has specialized training in medical psychology from Shriners Burn Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, all of which are affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Dr. Lund uses a strengths-based approach in working with athle...more

  • How to Introduce Sports Psychology to Athletes

    Jul 09 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. How do you introduce mental training to your kids without them feeling like something is wrong? Mark wrote in and said: “I don’t know how to help my son realize that he has a throwing issue without destroying his confidence. How do I approach it with him? I want him to ask for help, as I want him to be the one that engages i...more

  • How to Take Your Practice Hitting Into The Game

    Jun 25 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week: “My son is struggling with bringing his practice batting to the game. Is this a confidence thing? In practice, his mechanics are perfect. In games, he changes his hand position and cant hit. Can you advise me so I can pass it on to my son?” What changes from practice to...more

  • Coaches Who Distract Athletes by Yelling

    Jun 11 2017

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week: “How do athletes handle coaches that constantly yell instructions during the game? This appears like it distracts or confuses athletes more than it helps…” Are these valid instructions being yelled? How can you focus when you are distracted by coach’s instructions? Li...more

  • Applying Soccer Practice Skills to Games

    May 28 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week: Do you look like a star in practice but can’t take your skills and confidence to games? This is the number 1 reason why soccer players contact me for mental coaching… They can’t take their practice skills to games. First, they need to understand why they are struggling ...more

  • Catchers Who Alter Their Throwing Mechanics in Games

    May 14 2017

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week: Why do ball players go to a different throw in game situations compared to what they are capable of doing in practice? Fear of failure prevents ball players form using their normal, confident throw in games. What is the underlying challenge in game situations? Listen ...more

  • How Do You Know if Your Athlete Has Burnout?

    Apr 30 2017

    In “Sessions With Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your youth sports psychology and mental training questions that deal with sports parents and the mental game challenges their sports kids have. Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week: Do you have an athlete who seems to be losing their edge and others are catching up to them? Are you wondering if they are losing interest or have burnout? How do you know if your athlete has burnout? Listen to the podcast, Burnout In Youth Sports, to...more

  • How To Deal With Teammates That Bully

    Apr 16 2017

    In ” Sessions With Doc,” Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your youth sports psychology and mental training questions that deal with sports parents and the mental game challenges their sports kids have. Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week: Do you have a kid that you feel like is being bullied by teammates or a coach and you’re unsure what to do? Dr. Cohn talks about what can you do if you feel like your child is being bullied in sports. In what ways can parents address the situation? L...more

  • Does Changing Mechanics Help The Yips?

    Apr 02 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week: Do you have a coach that wants to change your mechanics because they see you throwing without accuracy in games? Changing mechanics will not help you over come the yips… The yips are not a mechanical problem. Listen to this week's podcast to learn more about why Dr. Coh...more

  • How Do The Yips Start in Baseball?

    Mar 26 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week: How do the yips start in baseball or softball? Where do the yips come from? The yips can start when you have tension or when you’re tying to avoid making mistakes in a game… All it takes is one bad game with one bad throw… Listen to this week's podcast to learn more abo...more

  • Testing Your Mental Toughness in Sports

    Mar 12 2017

    In this week's podcast, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Winston about testing his mental game for sports. Winston said: "My questions is about performance anxiety and your programs.Dr. Cohn, is this an area that you work with? If yes, how do you determine if you can help? Is there any norm concerning time to see results? What type of costs would one expect to get significant results?" The question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week is: “Do you have some distractions, doubt, or anxie...more

  • Are Throwing Problems Caused by The Yips?

    Feb 26 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week: Why do ball players go to two different throws at game time?   When throwing to either the pitcher or second base, one throw is more tense than the other. Why are short throws harder to throw than throwing down to second base? Listen to this week's podcast to see what D...more

  • How to Stay Focused During Competition

    Feb 12 2017

    In this week's podcast, Dr. Patrick Cohn answers a question from Judith who wants to know how she can overcome external distractions during competition. Judith said: “I’m distracted during league play… Loud talking, people moving in my line of sight, loud music, all those things. I don’t like it because it distracts me. I know I cant control any of these things, however, it takes me out of my game. It’s hard to focus on my shot” The question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week is: “How can I ...more

  • Why The Yips Show Up Only in Baseball Games

    Jan 29 2017

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. Here’s the question Dr. Patrick Cohn answers this week: Why is your control and accuracy not as good in games as it is in a practice setting?   Possibly because you have the yips!   Often with the yips, you can throw freely when it doesn’t count. Why does pressure affect your throwing? Listen to this week's podcast to see ...more

  • Taking Soccer Practice Skills to Games

    Jan 15 2017

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. This week's question is: “I can do a lot of soccer tricks during training but I become afraid to do it when playing in a match. I fear making mistakes and looking bad in front of others. How can I have more confidence to do my tricks?” How can soccer player perform their tricks in practice with confidence but not take them t...more

  • Tense Throwing Verses The Yips in Baseball

    Jan 01 2017

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. This week's question is: Does your throw feel tight or taught in competition or games but in practice it feels free? Do you have tension in your throws or is it the yips? How do you know which one? With tension you CAN make the throws but with the yips most of your throws are not on target. How do you know if you have the ...more

  • How The Putting Yips Causes Golfers to Miss Short Putts

    Dec 18 2016

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. This week's question is: “On short putts I will either be short or I will stab at it and run it by. On the practice green I can easily make a high percentage from 4-5 feet range. Well, why does this happen on the course and not in practice and how can I improve?” Listen to this week's podcast to see what tips Dr. Cohn gives ...more

  • How to Overcome Performance Anxiety in Tennis

    Dec 04 2016

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series in Sessions With Doc, where he answers mental game questions. This week's question is: “If the anxiety shuts off your memory and your logic, how do you kick start these functions in your brain quickly when you’re in the middle of a match? In playing a fast-paced tennis, how do you override the anxiety quickly? In the middle of the match and in a pressure setting, then what?” Listen t...more

  • Baseball And Softball Confidence: Does Social Approval Affect Your Confidence?

    Nov 27 2016

    In this week's sports parents psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series, Baseball And Softball Confidence and teaches you about the top confidence-killers for ball players and what you can do to overcome these top confidence killers. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn what Dr. Cohn says about social approval, how it can hurt your performance by creating distractions and pressure and how you can over come it. Head over to Peak...more

  • Baseball And Softball Confidence: Self-Confidence Dips When Athletes Are Self-Critical

    Nov 13 2016

    In this week's sports parents psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series, Baseball And Softball Confidence and teaches you about the top confidence-killers for ball players and what you can do to overcome these top confidence killers. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn what Dr. Cohn says about how being self-critical about your performance can hurt your confidence and how you can be your own best friend or coach on the ball fi...more

  • Baseball And Softball Confidence: Do Circumstances Affect Your Confidence?

    Nov 07 2016

    In this week's sports parents psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts his new series, Baseball And Softball Confidence and teaches you about the top confidence-killers for ball players and what you can do to overcome these top confidence killers. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn what Dr. Cohn says about how confidence can be thrashed around by relying too much on external sources for confidence. You should not rely on positive reinforce...more

  • Sports Parents Success Tips: Young Athletes Who Want to Perform Perfectly

    Sep 25 2016

    In this week's sports parents psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, continues through his new series called, Sports Parents Success Tips and answers questions from sports parents who have kids that are struggling mentally in sports. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your kids performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your athletes performance. Head over to peaksports.com to check out The Confident Sports K...more

  • Sports Parents Success Tips: Mental Rehearsal For Kids

    Sep 11 2016

    In this week's sports parents psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, continues through his new series called, Sports Parents Success Tips and answers questions from sports parents who have kids that are struggling mentally in sports. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your kids performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your athletes performance. Head over to peaksports.com to check out The Confident Sports K...more

  • Sports Parents Success Tips: Pregame Mental Preparation

    Aug 28 2016

    In this week's sports parents psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, continues through his new series called, Sports Parents Success Tips and answers questions from sports parents who have kids that are struggling mentally in sports. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your kids performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your athletes performance. Head over to peaksports.com to check out The Confident Sports K...more

  • Sports Parents Success Tips: Parental Pressure

    Aug 14 2016

      In this week's sports parents psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, continues through his new series called, Sports Parents Success Tips and answers questions from sports parents who have kids that are struggling mentally in sports. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your kids performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your athletes performance. Head over to peaksports.com to check out The Confident Sports...more

  • Sports Parents Success Tips: Fear of Failure

    Jul 31 2016

    In this week's sports parents psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, continues through his new series called, Sports Parents Success Tips and answers questions from sports parents who have kids that are struggling mentally in sports. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your kids performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your athletes performance. Head over to peaksports.com to check out The Confident Sports K...more

  • Sports Parents Success Tips: Composure For Kids

    Jul 17 2016

    In this week's sports parents psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, continues his new series called, Sports Parents Success Tips and answers questions from sports parents who have kids that are struggling mentally in sports. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your kids performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your athletes performance. Head over to peaksports.com to check out The Confident Sports Kid CD an...more

  • Sports Parents Success Tips: Kids Who Doubt

    Jul 03 2016

      In this week's sports parents psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, starts a new series called, Sports Parents Success Tips and answers questions from sports parents who have kids who are struggling mentally in sports. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your kids performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your athletes performance. Head over to peaksports.com to check out The Confident Sports Kid CD and wo...more

  • Show-194- Baseball Catcher Throwing Yips

    Jun 26 2016

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about why this catcher has problems throwing the ball back to the pitcher and first base but not anywhere else. He gives tips and advice on how to handle the baseball and softball yips. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance. Head over to our new baseball yips site at:...more

  • Show-193- What Are The Throwing Yips In Baseball?

    Jun 12 2016

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about what the yips are in baseball or softball. He tells you what to look for and what to do if you have the yips. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance. Head over to our new baseball yips site at: http://www.baseball-yips.com/ Unsure if mental game coaching is right ...more

  • Show-192-Parents Who Pressure Their Sports Kids

    May 29 2016

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about how pressuring your young athletes can affect their game. He also talks about what you young athlete is thinking when you place high expectations on them and are over involved in their sport. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental train...more

  • Show-191- Baseball Mental Game and Hitting

    May 15 2016

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about how to bring your practice game to competition. He also talks about what fears you may have when going into the game and how to think positively. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports eBook...more

  • Show-190- Superstitions and Rituals

    May 01 2016

    In "Sessions with Doc: Sports Psychology Case Study," Dr. Patrick Cohn talks about real students he's worked with and goes through the coaching process while giving advice to other athletes that are in this same position. Visit http://www.peaksports.com/sport-psychology-training-athletes/ for all of our coaching programs. One-on-one mental coaching is the best way to improve your mental game. In this sports psychology case study series, you’ll learn about the challenges and mental training solu...more

  • Show-189-Athletes Who Avoid Mistakes

    Apr 24 2016

      In "Sessions with Doc: Sports Psychology Case Study," Dr. Patrick Cohn talks about real students he's worked with and goes through the coaching process while giving advice to other athletes that are in this same position. Visit http://www.peaksports.com/sport-psychology-training-athletes/ for all of our coaching programs. One-on-one mental coaching is the best way to improve your mental game. In this sports psychology case study series, you’ll learn about the challenges and mental training s...more

  • Show-188-Sports Psychology Case Study

    Apr 10 2016

    In "Sessions with Doc: Sports Psychology Case Study," Dr. Patrick Cohn talks about real students he's worked with and goes through the coaching process while giving advice to other athletes that are in this same position. Visit http://www.peaksports.com/sport-psychology-training-athletes/ for all of our coaching programs. One-on-one mental coaching is the best way to improve your mental game. In this sports psychology case study series, you’ll learn about the challenges and mental training solu...more

  • Show-187-How To Help Athletes Keep Composure

    Mar 27 2016

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about how to help athletes stay composed in games after making mistakes. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports eBooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!  

  • Show-186-How To Improve Focus and Concentration in Young Athletes

    Mar 13 2016

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about how to limit distractions and help young athletes stay focused in sports. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports eBooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!

  • Show-185-Sports Confidence and Parenting Advice

    Mar 06 2016

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about sports confidence and parenting advice. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports eBooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!  

  • Show-184-How To Stay Calm And Composed While Competing

    Feb 21 2016

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about how to stay calm and composed while competing. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports eBooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!

  • Show-183-Mental Game Strategies Of A Pregame Routine

    Feb 14 2016

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about how to have mental game strategies in an athletes pregame routine. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports eBooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!  

  • Show-182-How To Refocus When Distracted

    Jan 31 2016

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about how to refocus when you're distracted on the field. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports eBooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!

  • Show-181-How To Perform Well In Practice and Competition

    Jan 17 2016

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about athletes can bring their practice game to competition. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance. Head over to www.peaksports.com and check out The Fearless Athlete CD and workbook program!Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports eBooks!D...more

  • Show-180-Helping Athletes Overcome Self-Doubt

    Jan 03 2016

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about how to help athletes overcome self-doubt in sports. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports eBooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!  

  • Show-179-Mental Toughness for Figure Skaters

    Dec 20 2015

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about how to have mental toughness in figure skating. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your mental toughness in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!

  • Show-178-Fear of Failure and Mental Toughness

    Dec 06 2015

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about fear of failure and mental toughness in sports. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!  

  • Show-177-Mental Toughness and Sports Psychology

    Nov 22 2015

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about how to build mental strength in hockey. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!  

  • Show-176-Mental Toughness Training in Sports

    Nov 08 2015

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about how to have mental toughness training in sports. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your mental toughness in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!  

  • Show-175-How to Be Mentally Tough: Confidence and Trust in Skills

    Oct 25 2015

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about how to be mentally tough in sports. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!

  • Show-174-What is Mental Toughness in Sports?

    Oct 11 2015

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about what mental toughness is for athletes. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!

  • Show-173-How To Overcome Tentative Performances for Athletes

    Sep 27 2015

      In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about overcoming tentative performances for athletes. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!  

  • Show-172-How Self-Intimidation Destroys Confidence

    Sep 20 2015

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about coping with self-intimidation in sports. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!

  • Show 171-How To Have Stable Confidence In Sports

    Sep 13 2015

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question from Stacey about boosting self-confidence for athletes. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your self-confidence in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!

  • Show 170- Taking Your Practice Confidence To Competition

    Aug 30 2015

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question from John about taking his practice confidence to competition. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!

  • Show 169 - Mental Preparation In Sports With Daryl Weber

    Aug 16 2015

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn interviews Daryl Weber. Daryl Weber is a HS wrestling coach with 14 consecutive state championships and runs Attack Style Wrestling.com. He then went on towrestle at the University of Iowa under Dan Gable from ’91-’96. During his time at U of Iowa he was a three time All-American, Big Ten titlist, and NCAA Champion. He won an NCAA Title for Dan Gable. The reason he won was the match day mental preparation he...more

  • Show 168 - Building Self-Confidence In Sports

    Jun 07 2015

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about understanding how high expectations can hurt your confidence. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!

  • Show 167 - Why Athletes Become Intimidated

    May 31 2015

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about how to overcome being intimidated by competitors. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!

  • Show 166 - Using Mental Imagery For Competition

    May 24 2015

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about using visualization in competition. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!

  • Show 165 - Why Athletes Choke In Competition

    May 17 2015

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question about why athletes choke in competition. Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improve your mental game!

  • Show 164 - Is Your Game Inconsistent From Day To Day?

    Apr 12 2015

    In this week's sports psychology podcast, mental game of sports expert, Dr. Patrick Cohn, answers a question from a young snooker player, who has problems getting his "A-Game" back when he is playing his "C-Game". Listen to this month's sports psychology podcast to learn how to improve your performance in sports and other mental game barriers that limit your performance.Grab Dr. Cohn's free mental training and mental toughness for sports ebooks!Download a free sports psychology report to improv...more