Mindfulness for Student Athletes
About the Book
Stay in the moment, stay in the game! With this fun and engaging workbook for young athletes, you’ll find practical ways to cope with stress and improve your performance, no matter what sport you play.
If you’re like many other high school or college students, you probably feel pressure to perform at a high level—both in the classroom and on the field. Unfortunately, this pressure can cause lots of stress and anxiety. To make matters worse, you may find it difficult to effectively manage all of these demands on your time, energy, and health. This is where mindfulness can help.
Mindfulness allows you to stay present, focus, and be calm with your thoughts and emotions, no matter how stressful life gets. In Mindfulness for Student Athletes, you’ll find practical and tactical ways to cope with stress and anxiety in the moment, prevent stress in the future, and experience more satisfaction and enjoyment while playing sports. You’ll also find proven-effective tools to naturally enhance your performance.
The mindfulness skills outlined in this workbook will not only help you on the field—but in life as well. You’ll be able to take what you’ve learned and apply it to any situation, from job interviews to scoring a touchdown. What a gift to have!
Books by Gina M. Biegel
Books by Todd H. Corbin
“I have been a longtime proponent and practitioner of the philosophies and exercises presented by Gina Biegel and Todd Corbin. These techniques have allowed my fencers to reach numerous World Junior/Senior Championships, Pan Am Games, and four US Olympic Teams, moreover to succeed in their life after athletics. I strongly recommend this for all athletes, competitors, family members, coaches, and professional personnel.”
—William E. Reith, former US Olympic fencing coach, and owner of Alcazar Fencing
“Mindfulness for Student Athletes is a one-of-a-kind workbook that will enable athletes of all ages, levels, and sports to take their performance to the next level. The exercises are engaging, thought-provoking, and fun. Biegel and Corbin have masterfully created exercises which build upon each other, and like a road map will guide the student athlete to tone, flex, and strengthen their mental muscles.”
—Rob Polishook, MA, mental training coach, founder of Inside the Zone Sports Performance Group, and author of Tennis Inside the Zone
“This book offers student athletes simple, useable skills. Incorporating these skills into practices, competition, and daily life will allow athletes to gain and enhance their performance in every domain.”
—Amy Saltzman, MD, author of A Still Quiet Place for Athletes
“Gina and Todd have created an incredible book for all who want to really learn how to apply mindfulness training to sports. I find their book very helpful when working with athletes at all levels, and recommend it to all who want to break through their barriers and reach new levels in life and sports.”
—Graham Betchart, MA, mental skills coach and consultant to USA Basketball
“Whether it’s to gain a mental advantage over the competition or to overcome performance anxiety, Mindfulness for Student Athletes can be integrated into every facet of an athlete’s practice, game, and life.”
—Pete Kirchmer, director of the University of California, San Diego’s Center for Mindfulness mPEAK Program
“This workbook is a fantastic resource not only for student athletes, but also for individuals of all ages pursuing athletic endeavors. It is full of engaging activities as well as powerful messages to help instill confidence, learn how to manage stress, calm the mind, and improve performance. A must-read for student athletes!”
—Stacie Cooper, MA, PsyD, teen life coach, mindfulness and Pilates instructor, and author of The Masks We Wear
“Many professional athletes and Olympic medalists use mindfulness and visualization to enter into a state of flow, to de-stress, and to cultivate greater focus. Now, with this wonderful book, youth can utilize these same amazing techniques to excel at sports and to cultivate the many benefits of mindfulness for their personal lives in the process.”
—Daniel Rechtschaffen, MFT, director of Transformative Educational Leadership, and author of The Mindful Education Workbook and The Way of Mindful Education
“A wonderful book that gives any athlete of any sport a nimble, agile, and yet powerful set of skills to maximize performance and joy from the practice fields to the competitive places they boldly choose to go.”
—Jeffrey Bernstein, PhD, child and teen psychologist, and author of Mindfulness for Teen Worry and 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child
“Biegel and Corbin’s Mindfulness for Student Athletes is a brilliant workbook for students and coaches. How I wish my own daughter had this resource when she was a high school and collegiate runner. Mental well-being is a well-known key for athletic achievement, but achieving it is easier said than done. Gina and Todd help teens expertly explore the processes through which mental stability and athletic performance merge. Through thirty-two exercises, students learn for themselves how to address thoughts, emotions, senses, body awareness, fear, pressure, gratitude, and so much more. The authors share wisdom from dozens of renown athletes of a wide variety of sports. This accessible book is easy to understand, and students may find it hard to put down. I did!”
—Laurie Grossman, director of program development and outreach at Inner Explorer, cofounder of Mindful Schools, and coauthor of Master of Mindfulness
“Biegel and Corbin have created a masterful workbook to help athletes bring mindfulness into their game and life. Through skill-building exercises and mindful behavior techniques, young athletes can learn to sharpen their focus, turn stress into motivation, and find ease in performance. Mindfulness for Student Athletes is an essential resource for young competitors and their coaches.”
—Whitney Stewart, mindfulness instructor, and author of Mindful Me and Mindful Kids
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