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Mental Toughness Training for Sports: Achieving Athletic Excellence (Plume) Paperback – September 1, 1991

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Although successful athletes credit attitude, motivation and visualization for many of their accomplishments, few jocks spend even as much as 5% of training time in mental preparation, athletic mental trainer Loehr contends. Development of that element of sports is the purpose of this step-by-step guide to what the author calls the Athletic Training System. Although the text sometimes reads like a long locker-room lecturecomplete with jargon (ideal performance state, positive energy flow, etc.)there is useful advice about self-concepts, muscle-relaxation, meditation and controlling emotions that make this worthwhile for the committed athlete. In a brief forword, Arthur Ashe asserts that Loehr's mental-discipline principles have been invaluable for him both on and off the tennis court. (May
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Loehr believes that mental toughness is learned, not inherited. To help acquire the skill, he offers a four-part formula of self-discipline, self-control, self-confidence, and self-realization. The goal is to minimize the effect of a competitor's negative attitudes and achieve a balance between mind and muscle. This work is a comprehensive primer, though it covers much the same ground as Charles Garfield's Peak Performance ( LJ 6/15/84) and John Syer and Christopher Connolly's Sporting Body, Sporting Mind ( LJ 6/15/84). William H. Hoffman, Ft. Myers-Lee Cty. P.L., Fla.
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Product Details

  • Series: Plume
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Plume (September 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452267951
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452267954
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Jim Loehr is a world-renowned performance psychologist, Co-Founder of the Human Performance Institute, and author of 16 books including his most recent, The Only Way to Win. He also co-authored the national bestseller The Power of Full Engagement.

From his more than 30 years of experience and applied research, Dr. Loehr believes the single most important factor in successful acheivement, personal fulfilment and life satisfaction is the strength of one's character. He strongly contends that character strength can be built in the same way that muscle strength is built throught energy investment.

Jim Loehr is also well known for his individual work with top-flight athletes and Olympians. A sampling of his elite clients from the world of sport include: golfers Mark O'Meara and Justin Rose; tennis players Jim Courier, Monica Seles, and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario; boxer Ray Mancini; hockey players Eric Lindros and Mike Richter; and Olympic gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen.

Dr. Loehr has a masters and doctorate in psychology, serves on several scientific boards, and is a full member of the American Psychological Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kenny Fairleigh on January 3, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book was given to me a few years ago by one of my coaches. This book is possibly the most helpful book that I have ever read. I am a goalie in ice hockey (15 years old) and have always been regarded as the hardest worker that people have ever seen. But when it came to big games, I clearly wasn't always my sharpest. Many coaches say that sports is 90% mental, but how can you improve your mental skills? Improving mental skills is not very physically demanding, but it does take commitment. Read this book and take this seriously! It could turn around your sports journey, or journey through life. It has for me and it is less than 200 pages! I highly recommend this book for any serious athletes of any age.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2001
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suggested to me by a world cup winning athlete who owns and old out of print copy covered in tape to hold it together, this book is brilliant. my career as an elite athlete jumped a number of levels whilst reading it. his more recent book is nothing compared to this. go to your library and photocopy it, no one will sell it to you. it is the best.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 23, 2001
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James Loehr's book deserves 10 stars!
After reading many books on sports psychology and not getting anywhere, Mental Toughness Training for Sports guided me down the road to sporting success.
James Loehr explains what happens mentally to athletes during both great and terrible performances. You are then guided along analysing your own performances and gradually you gain more and more control over your mental and ultimately your physical performances.
This book is for the serious athelete, who has the patience to take the necessary steps required for success.
If you feel you are not producing your best in play due to mental obstacles, then this is the book for. It will change your life and give you control you thought only your opponents possessed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kane on December 14, 2006
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I'm a drummer and have always had some glitches in my performances when I thought the pressure was on. I've read this book once thru and am already thinking differently on the stage. I've read tons of music books on the subject of letting go of the chatter in your head, but this blows them all away with concrete exercises and evaluations to gauge your mental toughness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pamela B. Foard on January 30, 2013
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I'm a professional musician, and this book (aimed at athletes) is the best performance advice book I have read. It teaches you step by step how to get to your ideal performance state every time you perform. I use its tools daily and in my teaching. Highly recommended for those who strive for peak performance skills.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on August 3, 2013
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I always wondered how others could stay so focused and not lose their edge when competing. Now I know. Everyone should read this to help become winners in everyday life.
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