Health knowledge made personal
The Blog started a few years ago as a way to bring the latest research on Sports & Exercise Psychology to athletes of all abilities. I'm a sport psychologist and Association for Applied Sport Psychology Certified Sport Psychology Consultant. I am also a lecturer in the Kinesiology department at California State University Long Beach where I teach the Undergraduate and Graduate level sport psychology courses. I was amazed by how many people post things on the web about mental prep training for athletes that have nothing to do with what researchers in the field have discovered. Which is to say that anyone can voice his or her opinion on the web about what would help an athlete, whether or not there is any proof that it works. So I decided to do something different: to write a blog with suggestions on how athletes of all abilities could improve their athletic performance based on fact, not fiction.
From its inception, I've seen the SportsMinded blog as resource for athletes in a wide variety of sports. It covers topics as varied as motivation to exercise and train, pre-competitive anxiety, visualization and positive self-talk. There is also a "Quote of the Week" that provides athletes with words to inspire their training.
As I've come to find out from reader emails and comments, the SportsMinded blog has also turned out to be a resource for students (my own and others) and reporters looking to get ideas for stories in magazines as varied as Runner's World and Women's Day.