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.

Solving Athlete Confidence for Good: A Coach’s Guide

By Bo Hanson 4x Olympian and International Coaching Consultant  Whether you have been coaching for years or decades you will know the struggle of week-to-week athlete up and downs. Often this fluctuation in performance is attributed to confidence, but is confidence the answer to getting consistent athlete performance? What if I told you it wasn’t [...]

The Importance of Mental Skills in Sport

Video Presentation by Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian and Coaching Consultant It’s now accepted that it is the mental game that ultimately wins any race or competitive game.  It is what distinguishes the very top athletes from the ordinary.  So, why are mental skills so important for success in sport?  Find out what Bo Hanson has [...]

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Resiliency in Sport Presentation

Video Presentation by Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant and Director of Athlete Assessments In this 14 Part Video Presentation Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian and Coaching Consultant from Athlete Assessments, discusses the critical topic of Resiliency in Sport. Following this presentation we have a written summary for your convenience. Part 1 In Part 1 of [...]

Mental Toughness: Unique Experience at the US Navy Seals Training Day

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Recently I was fortunate to take part (as a coach, not athlete!) in a US Navy Seals training day in San Diego, specifically for groups of Olympic athletes in training for 2012.  To say this was a unique experience, would be an [...]

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Teaching Mental Toughness: US Navy Seals

 Video Presentation by Bo Hanson, 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments In this video Bo Hanson recounts his experience of spending a day with the U.S. Navy Seals and what he learnt from them about Mental Toughness. Resources for Teaching Mental Toughness Unique Experience at the US Navy Seals Training Day If [...]

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Goal Setting using DISC for Sport

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments In previous articles on Sport Psychology and the Mental Game in sport, we have touched on the concept of goal setting. Whether you are a coach, athlete or in sports management, you can use your understanding of your DISC Profile to improve your Goal Setting and ensure your goals are being achieved. […]

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Brain Snaps in Sport – The Amygdala Hijack

By Bo Hanson – 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Everyone loses their temper from time to time – we are all human!  Infamous examples of brain snaps in sport have seen Mike Tyson biting Evander Holyfield, or more recently the several tennis racquets Marcus Bahgdadis smashed at the 2012 Australian Open.  […]

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When All You Have Is Sport: For Coaches and Athletes

By Liz Hanson - Client Director of Athlete Assessments Almost by definition, elite athletes (and often serious student-athletes) and coaches are extremely dedicated to their sport.  The large majority of their life effort and energy is focused on their training and competition.  They spend time with others involved in their sport or supporting them continuously [...]

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Amy Cuddy TED Talks – Implications for Sport

By Liz Hanson, Client Director at Athlete Assessments Posing like a Superhero Improves Performance- your body language shapes who you are There is always something interesting or inspiring to see on TED Talks and recently we saw a video which was such a stand out we just had to share it with you! Amy Cuddy [...]

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Athlete Learning Styles – A Must-Have for your Coaching Toolbox

By Bo Hanson - 4x Olympian, Coaching Consultant & Director of Athlete Assessments Have you ever noticed how some athletes “get” instructions immediately, while for others it takes a while for things to click? If you’re involved in coaching this is something you’ve had to deal with on numerous occasions. Many Coaches develop their own ways [...]

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