• The Radical Transformation of Tennis

    The Radical Transformation of Tennis

    What’s making tennis players get better later and stay better when players from a decade ago were already retired? No doubts, it’s a question with multiple answers. Added power? Training method? Diet? Recovery? Just a cycle in tennis? No doubt there is a mental side of this change too … Here are the numbers: MEN in 1992 the average age of men’s TOP 10 was 23.2 years in 2002 it […]

  • Mental Training Programs for US College Tennis

    Mental Training Programs for US College Tennis

    Top advice given by student-athletes: “Playing sports in the US requires important traits like focus, dedication, hard work and persistence in order to succeed.” Vida Mind Mental Training Program helps you to develop the top mental skills needed in high competitive tennis and to make a successful transition. American NCAA Division I universities provide opportunities for elite athletes from outside the U.S. to pursue their university degree while continuing to train and […]

  • Accepting Mistakes

    Accepting Mistakes

    vida mind – mental conditioning – mental training – sport psychology Australia – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Canberra – Brisbane On the tennis court and and life in general, most people are afraid of making mistake and afraid of failure. The truth is that failure is something we all are going to experience at some point in our lives – in sport and life. Even if you are […]

  • To let go of perfectionism

    To let go of perfectionism

    vida mind – mental conditioning – mental training – sport psychology Australia – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Canberra – Brisbane It’s very common to see a very talented junior player who is sabotaging her/his potential by being a perfectionist. If this player is not thoroughly achieving and successful in every aspect of the game, she/he’d sulk and be negative with her/his entire game and even in other areas […]

  • Perfectionism

    Perfectionism

    vida mind – mental conditioning – mental training – sport psychology Australia – Melbourne – Sydney – Adelaide – Canberra – Brisbane Perfectionism can often result in personal catastrophe. Efforts to be perfect are actually limits that we put on ourselves. Athletes who strive for perfection constantly fail because perfection is unattainable. Rigid adherence to the desire for perfect outcomes is a set up for setback because you always come […]

  • Tim Gallwey and the Inner Game

    Tim Gallwey and the Inner Game

    While some know Tim Gallwey’s bestseller The Inner Game of Tennis, his approach is often quickly summarized as: “We must watch the ball!” However, his message is actually quite different. Gallwey was captain of the tennis team at Harvard, then worked in an experimental college until 1969. In August 1971 he went to India and spent some time in an ashram, where he learned to calm his mind through meditation. When […]

  • Daria Gavrilova: the first results of a long term mental training program

    Daria Gavrilova: the first results of a long term mental training program

    About five weeks before Christmas, sports psychologist Jeff Bond took a call from Nicole Pratt, Tennis Australia’s head of women’s tennis. Pratt’s individual protege for several years had been the much-improved Daria Gavrilova, a young player she described to Bond as talented, with all the shots, and already some big results, but lacking consistency from “a mental/emotional stance”. She had beaten the likes of Maria Sharapova, Ana Ivanovic and Lucie […]

  • This Is Your Brain On Tennis!

    This Is Your Brain On Tennis!

    The science behind watching the game If you are watching tennis, here is an interesting fact about your brain. Whatever your favourite player, your brain can’t help playing both sides, all roles. What your eyes see, your brain plays — as best it can, which is, of course, as variable as our actual playing and living. The evidence that the spectating brain is also a playing brain has been mounting […]

  • Changing Your Posture Can Make a Difference

    Changing Your Posture Can Make a Difference

    At the university of California San Francisco, researchers studied people with mild to moderate depression, and noted that they assumed a particular posture. They kept their heads down. They slumped their shoulders. Their breathing was high and shallow. Their facial expression was somewhat contorted, and they looked distressed and disappointed. By contrast, people who were happy instinctively kept their heads up, their shoulders back, had pleasant look on their faces, […]

  • The secret weapon in training that nobody talks about

    The secret weapon in training that nobody talks about

    When Kvitova won her second Wimbledon title last year, she was quick to thank the influence of Michal Safar, with whom she’s been working with for five years. A naturally shy person, Kvitova consulted Michal consistently during Wimbledon, using visualisation techniques to keep her calm and focused. “It’s nice to talk with someone who knows how I’m feeling before my match.”He helped me a lot to handle the pressure and […]

 

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