How Athletes and Trainers Practice Mindfulness


Mindfulness Advantage Training For Athletes

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Benefits of Meditation for Athletes

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Under Pressure Mindfulness for Teens

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Lesson 1 Mindfulness Basics

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How NBA Coach Phil Jackson Taught His Teams Mindfulness | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network

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Mindfulness Meditation for Athletes

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Sport psychology inside the mind of champion athletes: Martin Hagger at TEDxPerth

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Mindfulness, alongside great movement prep, is essential to all my workouts as one must align the mind and body for positivity. For a kick-ass day, I stoke the fire of excellence by framing my mindset around gratitude. For example, this morning, as gratitude for my family’s safety, I dedicated my workout to the victims of the recent hurricanes. Mindfulness and meditation is a secret weapon that a myriad of highly successful athletes use. For example, Google “Michael Jordan” or “Kobe Bryant” and “meditation,” and see what pops up.

Did you know that studies show we take between 17,000 and 30,000 breaths per day and, on average, have between 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day?Footballers are less likely to sustain injuries if they practice mindfulness, according to a new study. Mindfulness allows players to focus more during games, helping them adapt to. Mindfulness is an effective technique to raise an athlete’s level of motivation. Obviously, this will be vital to obtain optimal performance.

It’s also vital for each individual’s level of activation. The more focused and active an athlete is, the more effective he’ll be in his task. Mindfulness involves a deliberate present-moment awareness that is intentionally focused and held non-judgmentally. In the context of athletic performance, mindfulness training provides the athlete with specific meditation-based practices to increase their ability to enter into what has been called “the zone.”.

“Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” 1. Professional athletes are using mindfulness to improve their on-field performance. Championship teams like the Golden State Warriors, Chicago Cubs, and Seattle Seahawks embrace mindfulness training. 2, 3, 4. This practice of meditation and mindfulness is not just for NBA players or professional athletes.

Amateur athletes can benefit tremendously from this practice, and eliminate all. “With practice, mindfulness provides a clarity of your own thoughts and a training ground to be able to guide your mind, as well as access incredible, truthful insights.” “It’s so vital for a team. According to the two athletes, they regularly practiced yoga, meditation and visualization to help them go for the gold.

The Seattle SeahawksWhen the Seattle Seahawks won the 2014 Super Bowl, head coach Pete Carroll informed the world that meditation was actually one of the tools that got them there. The mindfulness training was based on shorter-format mindfulness-based stress reduction program, and “contextualized to fit the demands and culture of the university football program,” the researchers noted, such as distractions during performance and emotional over-reaction.

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The other mindfulness exercises are supplementary, and athletes are encouraged to use them in daily training.

“Mindfulness and Performance” by Amy L. Baltzell
from Mindfulness and Performance
by Amy L. Baltzell
Cambridge University Press, 2016

While coaches and athletes have been practicing mindfulness in the locker room and on the court for years, only recently have they publicly embraced meditation.

“Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out” by David Gelles
from Mindful Work: How Meditation Is Changing Business from the Inside Out
by David Gelles
HMH Books, 2015

They coupled this training with a few weeks of incorporating mindfulness practice during everyday activities such as walking the dog and washing the dishes.

“The Compassionate Connection: The Healing Power of Empathy and Mindful Listening” by David Rakel
from The Compassionate Connection: The Healing Power of Empathy and Mindful Listening
by David Rakel
W. W. Norton, 2018

With 22 athletes in the mindfulness training group, and 24 athletes in the PST group, results indicated that the participants in the mindfulness training group experienced significant improvements in trait mindfulness, as compared to control participants.

“Handbook of Sport Psychology” by Gershon Tenenbaum, Robert C. Eklund
from Handbook of Sport Psychology
by Gershon Tenenbaum, Robert C. Eklund
Wiley, 2020

One example is to provide the athlete with audio-recorded mindfulness scripts.

“Sport Psychology for Young Athletes” by Camilla J. Knight, Chris G. Harwood, Daniel Gould
from Sport Psychology for Young Athletes
by Camilla J. Knight, Chris G. Harwood, Daniel Gould
Taylor & Francis, 2017

In a randomized controlled investigation of this program, Aherne and colleagues (2011) found that athletes who received this training experienced significant increases in mindfulness and flow that were not exhibited by the control group.

“The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness” by Amanda Ie, Christelle T. Ngnoumen, Ellen J. Langer
from The Wiley Blackwell Handbook of Mindfulness
by Amanda Ie, Christelle T. Ngnoumen, Ellen J. Langer
Wiley, 2014

These athletes were able to use mindfulness strategies to improve their ability to face and cope with pain during training and competition just as the patients are able to use it to work with their pain, even though these two different groups of people are working at opposite ends of the physical-fitness spectrum.

“Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness” by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh
from Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh
Random House Publishing Group, 2009

Some 59 per cent of coaches said they were working with mindfulness to help their client be calmer/less anxious, and 55 per cent to help them manage stress.

“Mastery in Coaching: A Complete Psychological Toolkit for Advanced Coaching” by Jonathan Passmore
from Mastery in Coaching: A Complete Psychological Toolkit for Advanced Coaching
by Jonathan Passmore
Kogan Page, 2014

Mindfulness training program for Chinese athletes and its effectiveness.

“Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in Sport and Exercise” by Martin Turner, Richard Bennett
from Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy in Sport and Exercise
by Martin Turner, Richard Bennett
Taylor & Francis, 2017

Mindful athletes focus on the immediate experience of training and competition (e.g., thoughts, emotions, physical sensations, breathing, body position), rather than paying attention to the potential outcome of a competition and the emotions associated with it.

“Comprehensive Applied Sport Psychology” by Jim Taylor
from Comprehensive Applied Sport Psychology
by Jim Taylor
Taylor & Francis, 2019

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  • The mental aspect is indeed the hardest part about sports. Pushing yourself physically is no biggie in comparison. Dealing with pressure from an organisation who constantly reminds you that they have invested a lot of money and resources in you is what broke me. I badly needed a sports psychologist.

  • It’s still shock me just how lots of people do not know about Episoketren System even though lots of people improve their soccer skills using it using it. Thanks to my friend who told me about this. I have earn the respect and admiration of my friends and other players.

  • I started to cry during this. I don’t know why, I wasn’t stressed or sad. I guess this just let me release some built up emotions, which is ok in my book.

  • Error:- Brazil were not the defending Olympic champions in 2012, Argentina won the 2008 Olympics. Brazil won their first Olympics gold in 2016.

  • i know that this is super late but this is so good for young athletes like me, this helped so so so much.
    This is great for in my future t think about this is awesome thankyou.

  • Do popular training program like Episoketren System really work and if so, how effective are they? We have noticed numerous awesome things about this popular training program.

  • 3:40 in and he is still on his introduction; I still don’t know what sports psychology is 3 minutes into a 12-minute video; my God.

  • given the prevalence of PED’s at the highest levels of all sport, amateur and pro, psychology is important, but so is chemistry. ))

  • Good day Prof. I am so impressed with this video and it inspired me more to have deep interest in this our noble profession. Am a Phd student in Nigeria studying sports psychology. I always enjoy your video clips and wish to have yo as my mentor sir

  • I don’t get why people don’t think this is a good video.. I think he covers the main areas in which sports psychology can help with. Such as the areas needing work on for perpetration (goal setting, confidence, motivation), the consequences associated with loss, and how to get back up understanding the opponent and performance day psychy management. He specifies that sports psychologists provide techniques and strategies which athletes NEED and DO and gives an example of Michael Phelps and Blanka Vlasic. So yes, he talks about how a sports psychologist can help but the only reason why this job exists is because of the athletes/human mind!

  • I know my country isn’t in the conditions that I can play for my country internationally. But for my juniors I will say for sport the biggest thing is that don’t think you lose now. Until the last second has been ended. It isn’t words it is the truth. Courageous people rule the world rather than talented. Because you overcome anything through your brave mindset. I am playing in Pakistan for my city’s club that is Karachi. My first 50 games isn’t good. 50 games just 8 goals and 3 assists. I started playing for the club at the age of 16. Now I am 20. Make yourself A BIG GAME PLAYER means ready yourself for the champion at any second of the time. Today I have played 164 games scored 90 goals.82 goals in last 114 games. And 46 assists. Won 3 titles and have 2 times best player of the City. This season i have played 41 games and scored 36 goals with 9 assists. My best players are Ronaldo Ibrahimovic and none others than Messi.

  • But what if you are dealing with Social anxiety? Or as others call it, Social phobia? It wouldn’t help that you are very self conscious and have to overthink that what if your parent walked in your room while doing this, then asked what you are doing, increase stress immediately. I don’t think I would be able to do this during class either, as my social anxiety makes me worry about what others think or see me as. So idk why my teacher would send the entire class unless he doesnt know that some to a majority of us students deal with this. So honestly I dont think this would help me in general:/

  • Summary of this abysmal Tedx Talk about Sport Psychology from Inside the Mind of a Winner:
    1. Mexicans are better at soccer than Brazilians
    2. What are in his pockets?
    3. Factors that are linked to success in sport: Motivation, Confidence, Performance Knowledge, Routines, Anxiety Management
    4. For motivation, set a SMARTER goal: Specific, Meaningful, Agreed, Relevant, Time-Specific, Engaging, Recorded
    5. Improve confidence through experience, “modelling” (observation, imagery, self-talk), and feedback
    6. Use imagery for mental preparation and rehearsal, especially useful for visualizing obstacles and barriers to overcome to be successful
    7. Use self-talk for motivation, focusing, and calming oneself
    8. There are numerous relaxation techniques for anxiety management: breathing, stretching, relaxing the muscles, listening to music, and meditation
    9. Never found what was in his pockets…

  • So true!
    Our channel is all about the idea of figuring out what goes behind the mind of individuals who play sports and how it helps them grow in other aspects of their life. And how others can benefit from it.

  • He gave a TedTalk on the basic sports psychology which I learn at gcse and a level.
    Shows how much the field has progressed in 12 years as this was once the in depth sports psychology analysis and now this is just surface level.

  • Kudos for the Video clip! Sorry for chiming in, I would appreciate your thoughts. Have you tried Marnaavid Unexplainable Intervention (Sure I saw it on Google)? It is a great one off product for learning how to hack your flow state without the hard work. Ive heard some awesome things about it and my cousin after a lifetime of fighting got astronomical success with it.

  • I find this boring and tiring I am sorry u lost me,you did a kinda better job at the end but you really didn’t make your points in a way to win me as a former international athlete and currently a coach I thing u have good elements in here but not right into the point that will help much somebody.thank u for the effort tho

  • Tiger really know how to communicate linguitically sophistically beautiful. Castleways. But Dr. PHILL i closing up. Nice talking to you coaches. I am betting with all my have tonight. Doing some push ups. I think i win. Pardon me al having a goid night everything is goibg to be onthe smile if the right coach. Dr. I am doing my musicology, that is why feeling a little unbalancing unbehaiving sort of thing. I win. Stopping fast means unforcing thing. Sleep tight, coaches. she is telling me the same thing.

  • Talks about relaxing in the most unrelaxed manner. “Athletes must relax.” Yeah like that forced intent is counter productive to actually relaxing someone.

    Honesty what a weasel monkey. We all know these year 3 concepts

  • what i learned was this from playing basketball i lossed i score like 2 or 3 point in a game but the whole time in that game i found my weak spots i went online found a denfinsive drills and did it everyday i think the mindset is to find where you did wrong and work on it like kobe said you got to look at your weakness and fix it

  • Honestly thought it was a good talk. Very refreshing to hear. As a college athlete, sometimes I forget the simple mental aspect of success.

  • I’m going to share this with my students (I teach high school Health in California) and I think they will relate to this video. Thanks for providing this, it’s EXCELLENT.

  • I will make a video about the different forms of meditation that provide the benefits listed in the video in the future. For now, I will leave a brief summary below. If you want a more in depth explanation, there are several resources online and books. Like I said in the video, I recommend “Why Meditate” by Matthieu Ricard if you are looking for a tutorial/guide.

    There are three main forms of meditation: 1. Single focus 2. Contemplative 3. Loving Kindness.

    1. Single focus meditation will improve your selective attention (ability to focus on one thing and gate out all surrounding distractions). How to do it: In single focus meditation, the goal is to focus on one thing for as long as possible (such as your breathing or a point on your body). When your mind wanders (which it will, especially when you are just starting out), simply bring your focus back to the single point of focus. When this happens, don’t get upset or frustrated. This is normal and will happen a lot when you are just starting out. Each time you notice that your mind wanders and you bring your focus back to the single point, think of it as if you just did a mental rep to build your “focus muscle” (the neural circuits in your brain that are responsible for focusing.)

    2. Contemplative meditation will lower your attentional blink (improve your ability to engage and disengage your attention and remain completely immersed in the present moment). How to do it: Contemplative meditation is a sort of meta-awareness training. You essentially observe the thoughts that come into your mind from a third person or birds eye view perspective without judging or critiquing them. Instead of getting carried away by your thoughts, you simply observe them and let them go. Each time your mind wanders and you get carried away by a thought, return back to your meta-awareness, birds eye view state.

    3. Loving kindness meditation will make you happier and bring you a sense of peace. It essentially activates that parts of your brain that are involved in positive and loving emotions, and shuts off the brain circuits responsible for fear (the amygdala). I will write about this one in the future as I still need to do more research on it, but you can find resources online with good explanations.

    In terms of how long you should meditate, I still need to do more research on this. I heard on Michael Gervais’ podcast that the minimal effective dose is 8 minutes and the optimal dose is 20-30 minutes (but I still have to do my own research on this I will do so for the future videos). I meditate for 30-60 minutes every morning. I usually start out with single focus and move on to contemplative once my mind has settled. I finish with loving-kindness for my longer meditations.

    When you’re doing any form of meditation, it helps to be sitting up-right rather than laying down. When you’re laying down, it is easy to fall asleep or gaze off.

    All of these forms of meditation will lower your stress response and improve your ability to remain immersed in the present moment. Being able to remain focused and immersed in the present moment is a necessary precursor to experiencing flow states (the most optimal state you can be in during performance).

  • Technically, it’s mindlessness not mindfulness. Mindfulness is an incorrect way to describe “awareness” which has nothing to do with the mind.

  • The video seems perfectly interesting and does a well enough job of keeping my attention. I don’t understand how you people can’t bother 12 minutes or so to learn a new item of info.

  • Good night and stay healthy coach and Mr. Steve, i remember what i promise you coach preparing some drives and putters to stretch your back and low and high rip bones, rip case you know. Pelvuc and every that is why Mr. WOODS IS FEARING AND PREPARING THE HEARING WEATHER IT IS TRUE OR FAINTING. Mr.. WOODS, my Apology on the mathematical scope that i am looking onto it. Sacrites little noisy. Lindsay tell me to acknowledge my philosophical repect to the OG. Unblieve is nothing. Nothing is i forget.

  • This seems like a lecture from the first days of Sports Psychology 101 class. It’s factual content…but it’s really not a fascinating Ted talk.

  • Our lab at the University of Houston specializes in integrating mindfulness and meditation to our academic curricula:) Lots of research that promotes well-being and better academic functioning in our students. Follow our IG @MindfulCoogs for more information!

  • I learned that the next time I give a talk to a large audience to not start a sentence to the far left side and end the sentence to the far right side.

  • BELOVED both! Thank You. Namaste! I honor this space. Meditation, Mindfulness, Zen…… powerful conversation. Je Vous Remercie!

  • Phil Jackson, thank you for these wonderful insights and having the wisdom and courage, to help your players and the world understand what mindfulness can do for sport.

  • such a good coach, i mean he taught them how to hold hands.. other than that he gives mj and kobe the ball and sits back getting praise for winning championships.:)

  • Great video, but where are the *women*? Oprah gets four words; otherwise it’s a clip of a surfer in a bikini and Angelina Jolie. I’d be more enthused about showing this to my students if showed a broader range of perspectives…

  • Evolutionary Coach. A ten points question. If Coach Phill Jackson is not viewed as an BBA coach; then; seriously you know, perfect ten, he sometime i don’t know. Can you tell. Not a very rich looking coach. Tell me why. I trying to define nope still van’t it is too simplistically classify his free speaking situation. Talking, yes he is speacking and talking. Beer please. Basketball now. Or can he gave a few before the game. Me very annoyingly. Just like gsme in his coach moment. Annoyingly a must action? Yes his coaching styles. Can’t talk jyst think about him and watching. Yes. Magnatic magics.

  • Here are a few ways to become mentally strong:

    1. Be giving/volunteer: Join a group and go to volunteer in a large scale disaster dedicating a week to doing nothing but helping others. Lifting others is always an uplifting experience and spending a week at your own expense to help others earning nothing but finding it to be a more rewarding experience than working for money as usual really frees us from capitalism. Spending a week living and working with people many of whom have lost everything including loved ones really helps us appreciate every single thing and every moment in life as well. The inner happiness from selflessly helping others in times of great need is one that stays with us forever.

    2. Fast: Study intermittent fasting to learn of the benefits of 48 hour or longer fasts. Fasting for days teaches us we’re stronger than we thought, both mentally and physically, including the mental challenge of fasting itself. Once we know we can fast and that fasting is healthy, controlling our weight and health become much easier.

    3. Fight sports: Learn fight sports of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), boxing, Muay Thai, kickboxing, wrestling, Judo, etc and actually spar, roll and compete on any level. Fight sports are wonderful for teaching both self-confidence as well as humility.

    4. Challenge yourself, always.

  • Me: Goes into online school ” Alright lets get started into somthing new for a change
    Teacher: Assigns video “Teens these days are so depressed”

    Me: Ahh sh**… here we go again

  • Miss O is always cutting in when someone else is telling there story she sounds like those men were not so wild they didn’t know how to be quite sad she would put you down were you didn’t understand her until you pay attention to her seeing her for who she really was like sad Linda j peace ❤️����

  • is there anyway that i can share this video with a group of teens? i will be in a place without internet, so i was hoping to copy the embed code but that doesn’t work.

  • people find happiness in criticizing people on internet this is a new form of achieving self esteem.self esteem is the people’s self belief in them achieved through their will power

  • There’s something powerful and inspiring in the process of dreaming, of ideation and imagination that when held, fed, and cherished daily becomes realization.

    The keys to your own sustainable change, to your own personal evolution and personal mastery are quite simply learning how to focus the entirety of your heart’s fire, the entirety of your mind’s attention upon your dream, your goal, your vision and to then commit and re+commit to your full realization and fulfillment over and over and over. 

    The qualities and skill sets, the traits and habits all champions and masters seek to cultivate and claim are the very same qualities and results that are directly cultivated via your daily mindfulness meditation and practice…

    “The goal of human development is wholeness, not perfection. To become whole is a process of making peace with your entire Self: masculine and feminine, light and dark, spiritual material, adult and child.” Carl Jung

    There are thousands of “inner arguments” active within your unconscious mind that never served you and never will, thousands of inner narratives that affect their unconscious influence upon you, doubts, investments in and consents to limit and more.

    The keys to your own “zone of excellence”, of peak performance,
     personal evolution and mastery all depend on your making peace, depend on you doing your inner training, transforming and upgrading your own unconscious inner oppositions into agreements.

    This is your new playground, your mindfulness advantage. Explore and embrace the philosophy and embodiment of “Power With” rather than power over. Through your making peace, comes authentic power. Through your authentic power comes your own excellence, mastery and peak performance

    Let’s play.


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