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Achieving the Mindset of a Champion


Mental toughness can be one of the most difficult skills to hone as an athlete and to teach as a coach. It’s easy for players to let things like opponents, fans, or errors get in their head and hinder their performance for the rest of the game. As a coach, it’s essential to help your athletes move on from mistakes in order to win games. Graham Betchart, a performance coach who specializes in mental skills training, outlines a few elements that make up the mindset of a champion.

These are great to give to your athletes before the season starts or to even have posted on the wall in the locker room.

“I always visualized my success. The process of seeing success before it happened put me in a positive frame of mind and prepared me to play the game.” -Michael Jordan

How do you help your athletes achieve the mindset of a champion?

Alan Stein is the owner of Stronger Team, the head Strength & Conditioning Coach for Nike Elite DeMatha Catholic High School basketball program. He is a performance consultant for Nike Basketball, the head conditioning coach for the annual Jordan Brand All American Classic and the Nike Summer Skills Academies. He is a Camp Coach at the prestigious NBA Players Association’s Top 100 Camp as well as the Chris Paul CP3 Elite Backcourt Camp. He is the former strength & conditioning coach for the McDonald’s All American game. His passion, enthusiasm, and innovative training techniques make him a world renowned expert on productive training for basketball players.

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