Well it looks like everything is up and running to an acceptable standard. I hope that I can now get into combining some stories and techniques that people will find interesting. The next post will either be about roles we play on teams or on imagery. Both are nearly ready for prime time, but I need a day or two to sort a few ideas on them out.
I’ve been very excited about the NW Foundation idea and I hope some of you are as well. I had a very interesting conversation via Skype with my friend Thomas Cox. Thomas is finishing his studies in the UK and is thinking of visiting the US this summer and doing and learning some more about applied sport psychology. We were talking about a few concepts and the conversation drifted in this direction.
Most people if they are aware of sport psychology recognize it because of the Olympics or Professional Sports. What if we provided younger athletes with mental skills training. Those it help to reach the highest levels would want help in their professional lives and those that realized success but chose different paths like business or other profession would use the skills there to help them to success.
The real deal from out talk was when these young athletes become adults, have their own kids and begin coaching, they would have a much greater appreciation for the mental side of things then the generations before them. As someone who also coaches soccer and has been involved with youth soccer for 35 years it is really now that we are seeing the fruits of our coaching the last three generations. Ten years ago I would have maybe 1 parent of a player that had played in high school. Now I have parents of players that played in college.
Would the same be true for sport psychology? I know very good sport psychology researchers that have contributed tremendous things to the way kids are coached today. A Bill of Rights for Children in Sports has been around for around 30 years, but sport psychology is still not excepted everywhere as an important sport science. In the UK sport psychology on many professional teams has been integrated into the coaching /sport science staff. Here for sure there are sport psychology consultants working with some of our professional teams as outside consultants, but not necessarily as part of the team.
So perhaps it is the children that are our future. Perhaps making sport psychology part of High School training might change the paradigm in the next few generations faster than the golfer that credits a sport psychologist for their success. The rub of course is that to provide services to kids we have to figure out a way to make it happen. My way will have to be through a Foundation or Non-profit Organization. Working with those that can pay I’m afraid has limited us in who we have been able to reach.
You can help me make a difference by spreading the word about the NW Foundation for Sport Psychology and Training. I don’t have any idea what makes an idea go viral, I just know that with most anything it starts with a goal, a commitment and most of all a first step.
I created a page on http://themental-game.com/foundation/ where I will continue to add information. It is where I will look for corporate sponsors and grants. I’ll only post something here if there is exciting news. Let’s hope it is soon.
This is some text prior to the author information. You can change this text from the admin section of WP-Gravatar Mike Margolies: Sport Psychology Consultants ; TheMental-Game.com Mike Margolies is a Sport Psychology Consultant, Certified Mental Trainer® (CMT), Author, and Professional Speaker. When you want to be the best that you can be and the one thing you might be missing is the right mental game - what can you do? Well, athletes from all over the country have been seeking out Mike Margolies for over three decades to help them reach their potential. His clients include professional, elite, colligate and youth athletes in every sport. They have sought his counsel and unique teaching style to learn about the game within the game, or what mental training can do to help them become the athlete they want to be. He has trained professional and elite athletes and helped guide many to world championships and even the Super Bowl. Mike has trained more than 2000+ athletes. He has taught at four Universities and completed research at the United States Olympic Training Center. His new book is called The Athlete within You- A Mental Approach to Sports and Business. He currently works with individual athletes, teams and businesses around the world, both in person and via SKYPE. Mike is based out of the Pacific Northwest. Let him encourage you to play the game within the game. The Athlete within You is waiting to come out play. Learn the rules to the mental game to help realize your potential. Read more from this author