A popular group of articles on what ‘is the difference that makes the difference’ in sporting success. The mental game and sport psychology is where true champions emerge.

Getting Comfortable with The Uncomfortable

Practicing the Skills That Allow Athletes to Perform Under Pressure By Mim Haigh, Sports Writer – Athlete Assessments Elite athletes are comfortable in uncomfortable situations, they need to be, in fact, this skill alone can convert all of the work they’ve done leading up to this moment into a victory. Recall how often Championships are [...]

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Do Millennials Really Lack Mental Toughness?

Creating an environment that enables the development of mental skills; resilience, grit, the ability to perform under pressure and mental toughness By Mim Haigh, Sports Writer – Athlete Assessments From little things, big things grow and that’s definitely true of mental toughness. Mental toughness is like a muscle that needs to be exercised regularly. In [...]

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The Ultimate Equalizer in Sport

Is the obsession with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities a misguided focus, even a missed opportunity? By Mim Haigh, Sports Writer – Athlete Assessments Visit the Athletic Departments of any of the Power 5 Universities in the US, the European Football Clubs or even some of the most prestigious private high schools in Australia and you [...]

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Cutting Through the Confusion Encompassing Mental Toughness

What do the terms mean and how are they different: grit, resilience, mental toughness, mental skills and mind strength? By Mim Haigh, Sports Writer – Athlete Assessments You’re not alone if you’re confused about the various terms used to describe mental toughness, from grit, sport psychology and mental skills to resilience, there are numerous ways [...]

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Forum For Sports Thought in Sport Psychology

Athlete Assessments Exhibit At 2017 AASP Conference In Florida, October 18 – 21, 2017. By Mim Haigh, Sports Writer – Athlete Assessments Amidst the intersection of ideas at the Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Athlete Assessments will be hosting an exhibit to promote its DISC Profiles for sport, Consultant Program [...]

Back to Basics – Developing Resilience

In the moments leading up to a game or race, it’s easy to visualize success and feel mentally tough. It’s easy to sit back and talk team strategies with our heart rates low and our breathing under control in an environment where we feel comfortable, unbeatable, ready. But toughness is not defined by pre-game talk [...]

It’s not about Deficits, it’s about being your Best

Client Case Study: Sport Psychologist, Dr. Justin Anderson One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to Sport Psychology is that an athlete needs to have deficits in their mental game before they can seek support. But Sport Psychologist, Dr. Justin Anderson works with some of the world's best athletes who just want to “be [...]

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Get attached to Your Big Why

By Bo Hanson, Director - Athlete Assessments Earlier this year I released a Handbook and Video Series called Athlete Tough. This project came about because I wanted athletes to understand that qualities such as mental toughness, resilience and grit were in fact teachable skills. Mental toughness is not a mythical quality some are born with [...]

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US Navy SEALs Resilience: Lessons on Mental Toughness

Mental toughness and resilience is a key quality in athletes that are revered and successful in their chosen sport. The US Navy SEALs resilience is renowned, they are some of the most mentally tough people in the world. The Navy SEALs consistently work where regular combat units do not have the capabilities to create a successful [...]

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Research on Abuse in Sport and Athlete Welfare

By Bo Hanson 4x Olympian and International Coaching Consultant Recently Sports Illustrated published an important article titled, 'Is the era of abusive college coaches finally coming to an end?'. The article highlighted alarming issues with modern collegiate athletics based on surveys of 20,000 college athletes, as well as the latest research in psychophysiology, psychology, depression, health and abusive [...]