A year in review 2012

A year in review 2012

A year in review 2012a year in review

I’ve not ever felt a need to do this before, to have a year in review. It is a new experience for me. I want to look back at 2012 with clarity and be able to move forward in new ways. So taking my own advice, I am going back over the successes and of course challenges of the past year. You can cut to the chase by going to the last paragraph if you like.

Starting with the Athletes and their sports

A year in review with DeAndre Yedlin and Mike Margolies

Sounders FC U23 Player DeAndre Yedlin with Mike Margolies

I worked with an amazing group of athletes this year including those in the following sports: Golf, football, gymnastics, hockey, equestrians, soccer, tennis, swimming, softball, baseball, track, diving, roller derby, basketball, triathlon, cycling, fencing, water skiing, fitness, power lifting and lacrosse.

Competitor’s ages ranged from 12 to 70+.  Competitive levels were club, high school, college and professional. Seven high school athletes earned scholarships or were accepted to their first choice college as an athlete (Ivy League = no athletic scholarships). One college walk-on earned her full scholarship. Most the athletes, but not all, were starters on their respective teams. In the end all were starting most of their games. I worked with a few teams as well at the club and minor league levels. All in all it was a very good year for the clients I worked with. If I were to put it in baseball terms, I would say that we batted around .900       Read the rest of the post by choosing more…. (more…)

Is your mind ready to perform?

Is your mind ready to perform?

This was an interview I did for Prosoccerway.com in Europe. I work a lot in soccer having coached it for 35 years.  The author of the article is Luka Elsner

Author of ProSoccerWay- a European Soccer /Football blog

Luka Elsner

 Interview with sport psychologist Mike Margolies by Luka Elsner- Prosoccerway.com

Lack of Self-confidence? Difficulty to focus? Pre-event anxiety? Sounds familiar? Of course it does. Every one of us has gone through phases where the mind was restricting the body to perform at his best. Well, giving the fact that many coaches pay attention only to the machine (the body) and not to what’s controlling it (the mind), it is no surprise that athletes are often lost when they encounter psychological boundaries. Even with the best physical, technical and tactical training, a player can feel negative impulses before a game, limiting his performance on the field. There was a time when athletes could rely only on their coaches experience to help them transform anxiety into positive stress. Today, Sport psychology is a well-researched science and Mind-Specialists are here to give every athlete the opportunity to perform at their best.

We asked Mike Margolies, a professional sports psychologist, to give us some answers about  the role of a mental coach and the positive effects of his work on the athlete’s performances. Mr. Margolies has such a tremendous experience that every information he gives us is extremely valuable. In addition to his expertise in the field that is interesting us today, he played and coached soccer for 35 years. He’s also the author of the book The athlete within you- a mental approach to sports & business.

  1. Mr. Margolies, since when is Sport psychology a recognized science in the field of Sport Performance?  As a field of study most would suggest that SP as a field began in the 1920’s in Europe, followed a little later in North America. The work in North America was limited through the 1960’s. A greater emphasis was on motor learning (skill acquisition). I’ve read reports that the Soviets and East Germans brought Sports Psychologists to the Olympic Games as early as the 1950’s. Many in North America credit Bruce Ogilvie, a Canadian Psychologist trained in both the US and in the UK as the modern father of applied sports psychology. I’ll go with that as Bruce was one of my first mentors (along with his best friend Marv Clein) and friend. I met Bruce in 1976 as I began my Masters Program with Marv Clein. The field of applied sport psychology has grown ever since. I was part of one of the first conferences on Stress Management in Sports around 1978 or 79. It’s been an interesting journey. I would like to tell you that sport psychology and mental training is completely accepted, but that would not be true. If you check this link I’ve written some posts for hockey talking about the role of sport psychology. http://bit.ly/zdjSpw (more…)