Mental Performance Series

Mental Performance Series2021-03-01T12:52:44+00:00

The goal of the Mental Performance Series is to provide coaches with the tools to help athletes further understand their own motivation and underlying strengths, necessary adaptations, and underlying needs in sport.

Mental performance is a key aspect of sport as athletes learn and grow within the volleyball domain. We often hear young athletes describe their struggles as ‘overthinking’ or ‘focus’ but rarely can they define the actual process behind what they are feeling.

This 8 part series addresses a different aspect of developing the mental performance of youth athletes each week. Coaches have access to a video, handouts and talking points to guide them through the various elements of mental performance with their team(s).

Club Directors, Club Coaches and Junior Volleyball Educators have the resources to provide an 8 part Mental Performance program below. Begin with part 1.

Meet Lauren Pierce, PhD

Lauren Pierce is a Performance Consultant for athletes, coaches, and players in Tucson, AZ. She is currently a Mindset Coach for Club Cactus Juniors Volleyball, a JVA member club, and holds her PhD in Educational Psychology where she studies aspects of team and individual motivation. Lauren grew up playing sports and continues to compete at the elite level in obstacle course racing. Her time as an athlete and coach motivated her to pursue research applications related to ‘the mental game’. The passion and commitment of the athletes and coaches that she has worked with inspired her to continue her work by developing a mental performance program as she pursues future research and teaching in academia.

Contact Lauren

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