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Mindset

Training Yourself to be Calm

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Several years ago, I attended a workshop by a Harvard professor on the performance mindset. When I signed up for the workshop, I had no idea what to expect, although I had read many books on sports psychology and performance mindset. I figured he would talk about the C's—confidence, calmness, concentration, composure and commitment.

I signed up for the course because I noticed he had studied peak performers from many fields including the performing arts, business and sports. The study of the performance mindset truly interests me, because I have no doubt that we have barely scratched the surface of the mind's potential.

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Tags: Stress, Pressure, Focus

Live Better

Q&A: Finding Time to Train

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Q: I have a variable schedule based on travel, and I find that most of my workouts are not at the same time every day, and I rarely train the same days every week. Does this hamper my progress in a program?

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Tags: Training, Travel, Q&A

Recovery

Why You Need More Sleep

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Getting proper nutrition is crucial, but if you eat a bad meal or even skip a meal, you rarely feel like you are ready to collapse. Regular exercise is paramount, but if you skip a workout, it does not weaken your immune system, decrease your mental clarity, or destroy your mood. When it comes to sleep, there is no substitute. Sleep rebuilds our bodies, replenishes our energy stores, and keeps us alert and functional throughout the day.

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Tags: Sleep, Health

Play Better

The Quiet Eye Approach to Free-Throw Shooting

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Joan Vickers, PhD, a researcher and professor at the University of Calgary, is one of the world's foremost authorities on sports vision. Her new book, Perception, Cognition, and Decision Training: The Quiet Eye in Action, explores this issue.

Vickers found that elite athletes in almost all sports, whether they know it or not, use their eyes quite differently than less-skilled athletes. She refers to this ability as the "quiet eye." The quiet eye is a final fixation or tracking gaze that is located on a specific object or area within the field of vision (no more than three degrees off the target) and is held for a minimum of 100 milliseconds. The quiet eye has been shown to be a characteristic of elite athletes in several sports, including golf, basketball, volleyball, rifle shooting, table tennis and ice hockey.

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Tags: Basketball, Pressure, Focus

Movement

Q&A: Wearing a Weight Vest

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Q: Are weight vests worth it, and when should they be used? — Hugo, Salt Lake City, UT

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Tags: Q&A, Weighted Vest, Training

Recovery

Q&A: Stretch for Abs

Q: Since many exercises are designed to strengthen the core, I sometimes feel my abdominal muscles tighten up and wanted to know what stretches or regeneration exercises you recommend specifically for abdominal muscles.

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Tags: Abs, Q&A, Physioball, Stretching

Play Better

Surgery for Tennis Elbow Shows Long-Term Promise

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Arthroscopic treatment of tennis elbow has shown to be successful after a long-term follow-up, according to new research presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Tennis elbow can be successfully managed without surgery in almost 90 percent of cases. When it cannot be controlled by non-surgical measures, the arthroscopic technique used in this study is one of the many different surgical options that have good outcomes.

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Tags: Injury, Tennis, Rehabilitation, Elbow Pain, Elbow

Movement

Static Stretching Doesn't Benefit Vertical Jump

A study published in the International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance found that static stretching offers no benefit to the vertical jump when compared to a standing control protocol.

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Tags: Stretching, Basketball

Recovery

Thigh and Abdominal Overuse Can Cause Sports Hernia

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Repetitive twisting and turning by hockey, soccer, and tennis players, as well as by those who ski, run, or hurdle, may cause a sports hernia, according to a recent study in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The exact incidence of sports hernias is unknown, but previous studies have indicated that 40 to 85 percent of chronic groin pain may be due to the condition.

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Tags: Injury, Abs, Injury Prevention, Outer Thigh

Recovery

Q&A: Prevent Shin Splints

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Q: I'm training for a half-marathon and keep getting shin splints. Is there anything I can do to help prevent them?

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Tags: Tightness, Soreness, Injury, Barefoot, Running, Q&A, Foot, Injury Prevention, Reduce Pain, Shin Pain

Blogs

Movement

Mark Verstegen’s Hip-Strengthening Workout for Women

Train an often overlooked area with this mini-workout from Core Performance’s founder.

Live Better

Feeling Uninspired? Take a Walk

When you feel your creativity lacking, taking a walk can help you find inspiration, according to a small study from Stanford University researchers.

Nutrition

3 Steps to World Cup-Worthy Pregame Nutrition

Follow this three-step nutrition plan to improve your focus, boost energy, and power your performance

Well at Work

Survey: American Employees Skipping Vacation Days for Work

A new survey found that only 25 percent of employees with paid time off took advantage of it in 2013.

The Performance Life

5 Tips to Build Teamwork and Fun Through Obstacle Racing

Here's what you need to know about using obstacle races to build teamwork at work.