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    Smart Curling Perfect Your Game Through Mental Training

    ISBN-10: 189725203X
    ISBN-13: 9781897252031
    Author(s): Pezer
    Description: Success in curling demands outstanding skill and strategy, but getting and keeping the champion's edge requires even more. Exceptional psychological skill is imperative. Ask the experts. In Smart Curling, champion Vera Pezer uncovers these secrets  More...
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    Publisher: Fifth House Publishers
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 196
    Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
    Weight: 0.594
    Language: English

    Success in curling demands outstanding skill and strategy, but getting and keeping the champion's edge requires even more. Exceptional psychological skill is imperative. Ask the experts. In Smart Curling, champion Vera Pezer uncovers these secrets for those who are committed to curling excellence. Winner of countless championships, she knows all about "hurrying hard" while keeping her cool to win. From the perspective of competitor and that of sports psychologist, Pezer illustrates how to maximize motivation and concentration while effectively managing stress and distractions. She teaches about self regulators and confidence and outlines the relationship between practice and competition. She helps players understand and practice excellent communication - verbal and nonverbal. And she outlines team dynamics to understand and work with the various personalities and roles of team members and coaches. Loads of examples and illustrations elucidate the sound theory in Smart Curlingwhile its worksheets (downloadable from the internet) are designed to help players complete the exercises required to perfect their game through mental training.

    List of Charts and Exercises
    Acknowledgements
    The Right Energy
    Excitement
    How to Manage Excitement and Maximize Performance
    More on Managing Excitement
    Motivation
    Internal Motives
    The Negative Side of Motives
    Understanding Your Performance Motives
    Stress
    Sources of Stress
    Symptoms of Stress
    Environmental Stressors
    Changing the Environment
    Managing the Environment
    Leaving the Environment
    Stress Management Strategies
    Physical Strategies
    Controlled Breathing
    Muscular Relaxation
    Mental Strategies
    Imagery
    Thought Stopping
    Self-talk
    Making the "Irrational" Rational
    Sharing Stress
    Time Management
    Mental Training Techniques that Work
    Imagery
    Practising Skill-specific Imagery
    Reviewing Past Performances
    Rehearsing Strategies for Future Competition
    Concentration
    Tips for Improving Concentration
    More on Distractions
    Self-talk
    How to Develop Personal Affirmations
    Some Final Thoughts on Imagery, Concentration, and Self-talk
    Mental Toughness and Team Dynamics
    Effective Communication
    Dealing with Disagreements
    Tips for Decreasing Tension among Teammates
    Dealing with Conflict
    How Do You React to Conflict?
    How Do You Manage Conflict?
    Improving How You Communicate with Teammates
    Keeping a Journal
    Team Meetings
    E-mails
    Cohesive Teamwork
    The Role of Personality
    Introversion-Extroversion
    Leadership
    Roles
    Styles
    Productive Goal Setting
    How to Set Goals
    Some Final Thoughts on Goal Setting
    Challenges to Success
    Maintaining Your Confidence
    Recognizing and Overcoming Your Negative Thinking
    Circumstantial Thinking
    Personal Thinking
    Some Comments on Choking
    Building Your Confidence
    The Value of Practice
    Practice Tips
    Using Contracts to Define Team Expectations and Responsibilities
    Tips for Effective Contracting
    Dealing with Negative Challenges
    Game-related Challenges
    Starting Well
    Protecting a Lead
    Catching Up
    Ending Well
    Knowing the Ice
    Personal Challenges
    Balancing Demands
    Performance Killers
    Slumps
    Staleness
    Burnout
    Choking
    Problems with Teammates
    Recommended Readings
    Notes
    Index
    About the Author

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