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SportNZ BalenceIsBetter v01. ‘One of the worst things to happen to the game’: The toll year-round hockey takes on young athletes. Fourth in a five-part series.

‘One of the worst things to happen to the game’: The toll year-round hockey takes on young athletes

The story of Wayne Gretzky spending countless hours on a backyard skating rink built by his father is a familiar one. But when he was a kid, one of the best parts of the year was when the snow finally melted and he could put his equipment away and pick up a baseball bat or lacrosse stick. Part III: Raising the next great hockey star comes with a heavy price tag. Sports practice accounts for just one percent of the performance differences among elite athletes. Among elite athletes, practice accounts for a scant 1 percent of the difference in their performances -- and starting sports at an early age does not necessarily provide athletes an upper hand -- according to new research.

Sports practice accounts for just one percent of the performance differences among elite athletes

"While practice is necessary for elite athletes to reach a high level of competition, after a certain point, the amount of practice essentially stops differentiating who makes it far and who makes it to the very top," said Brooke Macnamara, assistant professor of psychological sciences at Case Western Reserve University and lead author of the study. "Human performance is incredibly complex," she said. "Multiple factors need to be considered, only one of which is practice. " The study was published in Perspectives on Psychological Science, with researchers analyzing 52 data sets on the relationship between practice and performance. Athletes, parents, recruiters and coaches can use the findings to weigh the importance of practice time and investment, researchers suggest. Want to be a sport star? Don’t specialise as a youngster.

MANY parents who want their child to achieve sporting greatness adhere to a mantra popularised by the journalist Malcolm Gladwell: it takes 10,000 hours of training to become an expert in a certain field.

Want to be a sport star? Don’t specialise as a youngster

They make their child practise one thing from the youngest age possible, and then do so again and again. Tiger Woods (pictured) began playing golf before the age of two. He is far from alone. BLOG: Primal Passion - What our young athletes need to know! - ACHPER - The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc. 1st Jun 17.

BLOG: Primal Passion - What our young athletes need to know! - ACHPER - The Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Inc.

The 10 Traits of Mentally Tough People. News: Sports Psychology Series - Mindfulness - Acceptance - Commitment in Enhancing Sport Performance Potential - Ultimate Rugby Sevens - UR7s. In last month’s article, we scratched the surface of traditional versus contemporary methods of mental skills training, with a specific focus on the traditional approach.

News: Sports Psychology Series - Mindfulness - Acceptance - Commitment in Enhancing Sport Performance Potential - Ultimate Rugby Sevens - UR7s

Here we stated that the most widely applied and less contemporary method for psychological skills training involves sport psychologists implementing programmes, around the control of internal processes, through means of developing traditional mental skills. The foundation in this approach is to create the Ideal Performance State through self-control of internal processes. Attention Training in Young Elite Athletes – Highlights from Recent Research. Author: Nancy Rebel, MLIS, SIRC In the arena of sport psychology, research around attention and its relationship to athletic performance has been around for a number of years.

Attention Training in Young Elite Athletes – Highlights from Recent Research

Much of this research has focused on athlete training, and deliberate practice in particular, when it comes to developing potential talent in young athletes. Though the old saying seems to indicate that “practice makes perfect”, researchers are quick to clarify that it is not the amount of time spent in practice that improves performance, but the amount of time spent in focused training that sees the best success through improvement. In other words, deliberate practice increases the potential for improved performance. Getting psyched for sport - Mental fitness strategies for the aspiring athlete. Author: Michelle Caron Mental fitness plays a large part in training and performance.

Getting psyched for sport - Mental fitness strategies for the aspiring athlete

There will be times when an athlete makes a mistake (or consecutive mistakes), is competing against an opponent that has outperformed them in the past, or the conditions of play are not what was expected. Being mentally fit encapsulates many different areas of training and competition but in a nutshell, it’s the ability to ignore distractions, focus on specific goals and outcomes, and effectively move past challenging moments. How can an athlete improve their mental fitness? Manage expectations: As individuals, it’s easy to set the bar high with the idea that big goals mean big gains. Super Champions, Champions, and Almosts: Important Differences and Commonalities on the Rocky Road. Introduction There is considerable evidence that the real-world experiences of young athletes follow a non-linear and dynamic trajectory (Abbott et al., 2005; Ollis et al., 2006; MacNamara et al., 2010a,b; Bridge and Toms, 2012).

Super Champions, Champions, and Almosts: Important Differences and Commonalities on the Rocky Road

Is swimming such an indecent obsession that the very best struggle in life? Back from the edge: Michael Phelps.

Is swimming such an indecent obsession that the very best struggle in life?

Photo: Getty Images Your humble correspondent writes from New York where the sportsman making all the headlines is the most successful Olympian of all time, with 11 – count 'em, ELEVEN – individual gold medals to his credit, Michael Phelps.The headlines are not because, with seemingly nothing else that commends itself to do with his life, he is just about on his way to selection for his fifth Olympic Games. Study highlights 'emotional labor' of college student-athletes. A recent study from North Carolina State University highlights the "emotional labor" required of collegiate student-athletes, which can leave student-athletes feeling powerless, frustrated and nervous.

Study highlights 'emotional labor' of college student-athletes

The study calls on universities to better prepare their student-athletes with communication skills they can use to address the challenges of emotional labor. Emotional labor is effectively the requirement that an individual display certain emotions. For example, 911 operators are required to be calm no matter what circumstances they must deal with. Similarly, collegiate student-athletes are expected to present a positive, upbeat image consistent with the teams they play for -- regardless of their personal thoughts and feelings.

The Mindful Athlete: Can Preventative Mental Health Improve Performance, Too? Consider elite athletes. High Performance. Jump to navigation Search form High Performance. Long-Term Athlete Development. Deliberate practice, rather than 10,000 hours, key to performance. A Review of Current Knowledge on the Development of the World’s Best Sporting Talent. 1.Baker J, Schorer J, Cobley S. Talent identification and development in sport: international perspectives. London: Routledge; 2012.2.Ericsson KA. The road to excellence: the acquisition of expert performance in the arts and sciences, sports, and games. Mahwah: Erlbaum; 1996.3.Hemery D. 4 Keys To Consistently Great Athletic Performances. I work with athletes at many levels of sport, from juniors to collegians to pros and Olympians, and a major goal that I help them to achieve is consistency in their competitive performances.

I see so many athletes who have big swings in their performances from great one week to mediocre to even lousy the next week, with those ups and downs continuing, frustratingly, throughout the winter. Consistency is so important because it is one thing that separates the very best in every sport from the rest. Quality sleep helps fuel peak performance for teens - National Alliance for Youth Sports. For Parents Quality sleep helps fuel peak performance for teens Young athletes who aren’t getting enough sleep often face difficulties concentrating, focusing and learning. Sport Pathways, Partnerships and Platforms. More than 90 people attended the Sports Pathways workshop on 3 May which looked at creating partnerships in order to improve the pathway for athletes to develop from grass roots to elite level.

Sports Psychologists Train Olympians’ Parents to Stay Calm. We're All In This Together. Game Plan: Know Your Strengths; Transferable Skills Outside of Sport. Canadian Sport Institute Pacific - As athletes you hone and master a number of skills to become successful in your sport.