Jared Goff and Baker Mayfield Showcase the Importance of Self-Efficacy in NFC Divisional Round Match-up
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by Good Athlete Project
1M ago
By: David Gardy Ermann[1] Sunday afternoon’s NFC divisional round playoff match-up between the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will feature Jared Goff and Baker Mayfield as the starting quarterbacks.  Both players were once the first overall selection in the NFL Draft.  Goff in 2016 and Mayfield in 2018.  Although a playoff match-up featuring two former number one overall draft picks at quarterback would not seem out of place, neither Goff’s nor Mayfield’s careers have met the lofty expectations of that draft spot.  As their careers progressed, both players experienc ..read more
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5 Keys to Empowering Athletes through Strength
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by Good Athlete Project
2M ago
By Gary McChalicher, Justin Loudon, and Jim Davis Sports offer the most powerful learning environment on the planet, IF we decide to use that platform wisely. Power does not always elicit positive outcomes. While ‘sports gone wrong’ is still a daily headline, intentional, thoughtful coaching can teach lessons that last a lifetime. For those who are willing to go beyond strength and teach those lessons, the weightroom offers a unique opportunity to teach them. The season lasts three months, offseason training spans the rest of the year – in training, we have an extended teaching period. With a ..read more
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Conscious Breathing: Djokovic’s Strategy for Regulation, Recalibration, and Performance
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by Good Athlete Project
2M ago
Novak Djokovic has been ranked as the top tennis player in the world for 403 weeks over 13 different years. He has won 24 Grand Slam titles, including a record 10 Australian Open titles. He pushes back against the idea that his mental strength is a ‘gift’, acknowledging that he has worked hard for it. His focus, his resilience, his presence of mind in the midst of competition is something he has earned – a skill that requires deliberate training. He stresses that it’s a quality honed through hard work, comparable to training one’s serve or forehand. It does not happen automatically. In the hea ..read more
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Now What? Navigating Life After Sport
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by Good Athlete Project
3M ago
By Carissa Gump, OLY, MPA At a certain point in their athletic journeys, athletes inevitably confront the daunting inquiry: “Now what?” This pivotal question is not exclusive to seasoned professionals or Olympians but also resonates with young athletes at the recreational level, middle school, high school, and collegiate level as well. The timing of this question varies, arising organically for some and forcibly for others, due to factors such as injuries or the inevitable aging-out process in sports (Encyclopedia of Applied Psychology, 2004). When the moment arrives, it is crucial for the ath ..read more
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Where The Head Goes, The Body Will Follow : A Lesson in Healing
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by Good Athlete Project
4M ago
By Carl J. Evans   Healing an injury will cause an athlete to confront challenges no amount of drills or practice could ever prepare them for. Still, one essential element of the healing process is often overlooked because it is hidden and shrouded in a stigmatized silence.   We need to talk about the psychological injuries that can co-occur with physiological damage.   When Pro-wrestler Triple-H (Paul Levesque) suffered a career-threatening complete tear of his left quadriceps, his eventual in-ring return was marred by wounds that didn’t show up in X-rays.  ..read more
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Playoff Jimmy Butler, Damian Lillard, and the Importance of Collective Efficacy for the Miami Heat
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by Jim
6M ago
By: David Gardy Ermann[1] Jimmy Butler is widely recognized for his indefatigable work ethic and for inspiring his teammates to succeed.  Erik Spoelstra, Butler’s head coach on the Miami Heat, referred to it as a “Hall of Fame work ethic.”  Kyle Lowry, Butler’s teammate on the Heat since 2021, described Butler as “one of those guys who competes at literally everything.  Cards, UNO games . . . he’s just the ultimate competitor.”  And Doris Burke, the NBA analyst, explained that there is an “incredible belief Jimmy Butler inspires in the guys around him.”  Butler’s work ..read more
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Language of SEL with Molly Gosline
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by Jim
8M ago
Molly Gosline is the Director of SEL Consulting and host of the SEL Summer Institute in Cambridge, MA. The following transcript is from a PODCAST Molly Recorded with the nonprofit organization, Good Athlete Project (Episode 133). To join Molly and the top tier faculty of the SEL Summer Institute, find more info and register HERE. Molly Gosline: I’m so fortunate. I meet teachers from all over and I work with a lot of teachers who are already expert teachers in their content areas. Those are the high quality educators which might be glossing over this work. Some of them might say, “I already do ..read more
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Going Internal: Abby Seitz of the US Marines
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by Jim
8M ago
By Abby Seitz, US Marine Corps What happens when self-talk and mindset limit performance? We call it, “going internal”. Everyone does it and it’s something we fight against as Marines. It takes self-awareness to know you’re doing it, and good leadership to recognize it in others. As an officer, you will need to be able to identify it in your Marines, but first you’ll need to manage it within yourself. Loosely explained, going internal means focusing on how miserable you are, thinking you are the worst one and everyone has it better than you. Basically, you can’t get out of your own head. It is ..read more
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Team Embrace 5k, 202 …
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by Good Athlete Project
8M ago
Note: this article originally published at TeamEmbrace.net (Hyde Park, IL) On June 10, the Good Athlete Project hosted its annual Team Embrace 5k. The event raises funds and awareness for out Mental Health initiatives; specifically, the team and professional development workshops we host, which are focused on embracing the conversation of mental health in athletics. The following is a transcript, with subtle edits for readability, from the opening address given by G.A.P. Director, Jim Davis. “[Team Embrace] might be our number one initiative right now. People are coming to us regularly for coa ..read more
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Build Your Toolkit: Beyond Grit
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by Jim
9M ago
By Jim Davis, Ed.M., MA, RSCC*D The saying goes, “when all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” This not only limits the way you interact with problems, it influences the way you see them. Grit is defined as “the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals (Duckworth et al., 2007). It belongs in a coach/educator’s toolkit. The term “toolkit” refers to skills and strategies used by the professional with a student, and taught to the student for future use. We can only teach ‘life lessons’ we understand. We can only give from what we have. Grit is a ..read more
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