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Dr. Saul Miller

Sports Psychology Getting Its Due

An recent article in the NY Times highlights the importance of emotional control and relaxation for optimal elite performance. It's great that sport psychology is getting so much press these days, however, this is hardly news. For years, competitors, coaches, parents, and sport psychologists have known that emotional control is key to preventing the mind from getting in the way of the body. When we are at our best, mind and body flow together and there is an absence of emotional static. Some elite performers learn to manage emotions through their competitive experience. Others seek out experts like sport psychologists. We live and operate in a high pressure, bottom line society. Learning how to balance and integrate are important skill sets that can certainly be enhanced with training.

Dr. Miller's book, Performing Under Pressure, published by Wiley will be released in December, 2009.

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