This episode of Hardball Society is all about the mental side of baseball and sports. Justin Musil and Phil Mackey sit down with Justin Anderson from Premier Sports Psychology — one of the top peak mental performance coaches in the country.
Justin works with pro, college and Olympic athletes — and other top performers — to help them reach their peak potential, and in this episode he explains the complicated wiring inside baseball players minds.
What you’ll hear on this episode:
– Why more and more baseball players and other athletes are turning to sports psychologists
– Aside from physical skills, what are the mental qualities that separate superior athletes from guys who don’t rise to the top of their capabilities?
– What is the zone, and how do baseball players reach it?
– To what degree is a younger players success predictable based on mental patterns? Can sports psychologists hone in on how likely a player is to fail or succeed?
– What are the core characteristics players need to be the best of the best?
– How can we explain the yips or mental glitches with players? For instance, Jon Lester seems to have an inability throwing the ball to first base. Why is that?
– Fear of success vs. fear of failure
“The guys that are really more secure with themselves are saying, ‘How can I be better? How can I improve?'”
“A lot of athletes get caught up in distractions. And those distractions can be anything from internal some self-talk or external. Those who can really hone in, in the middle of all of that, and stay on their task — Under pressure, on demand and through fatigue are superior.”
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