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Bring Your “A” Game: A Young Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness

Mental training is just as important as physical training when it comes to success in sport. And like physical fitness, mental toughness is something that can be taught and learned. Yet many young athletes have not learned the psychological skills needed to develop their best game. This book was written specifically for young athletes interested in improving their performance and reaching their potential in sport.

Bring Your “A” Gameintroduces key strategies for mental training, such as goal setting, pre-performance routines, confidence building, and imagery. Each of the seventeen chapters focuses on a single mental skill and offers key points and exercises designed to reinforce the concepts. The book encourages athletes to incorporate these mental skills into their daily lives and practice sessions so that they become second nature during competition.

Whether used at home by student athletes or assigned by coaches as part of team development, Bring Your “A” Game will help young performers develop a plan for success and learn to deal with the challenges of pursuing excellence in sport.

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  1. C. Huddleston said,

    Wrote on June 21, 2011 @ 4:35 am

    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good Advice to Help Athletes (and others) Achieve, January 20, 2010
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    C. Huddleston
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    This review is from: Bring Your “A” Game: A Young Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness (Paperback)

    I am not a child and I’m not an athlete, but I read this book to learn about some of the psychological aspects of sports training, and how I can apply it to my own life and career as an artist.

    The book is clearly written and spells out various strategies that a young athlete can use to develop “mental toughness.” These include imagery, negative thought-stopping, coming up with pre-performance routines, and dealing with setbacks. I especially liked the section that explains whether a person is process or outcome-oriented (I was surprised to find out what I was!), and I liked the advice about how to build confidence.

    This book is essential reading for any young athlete that wants to compete at a high level, and should also be required reading for that athlete’s parents as well. Much of the information can be used by non-athletes who want to prepare for presentations or performances, or anyone who wants to learn how to get to the top of their chosen field, as well. I found it had better advice and was less gimmicky than many of the pop psychology books I’ve read over the years.

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  2. Ann said,

    Wrote on June 21, 2011 @ 4:40 am

    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent book for your aspiring athletes, January 27, 2010
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    Ann

    This review is from: Bring Your “A” Game: A Young Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness (Paperback)

    I bought this book for my daughter who is a competitive swimmer. She is 12 years old and really gets extremely anxious during swim meets. Since her anxiety is created within herself, I started searching means to help her deal with this issue. Fortunately I stumbled on Bring Your A Game by Jennifer Etnier and I was very impressed with this book. I can’t believe that it just came out when I really started trying to figure out ways to help my daughter cope with her anxiety. It is very well written and my daughter and I really enjoyed reading it together and discussing the topics outlined in the book. Not only has this book helped my daughter reduce her anxiety during swim meets, but also for taking test in school. I would highly recommend this book for all young people to read. Thank you!

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  3. Rafa said,

    Wrote on June 21, 2011 @ 4:50 am

    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
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    Great Start for Young Athletes, August 4, 2010
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    This review is from: Bring Your “A” Game: A Young Athlete’s Guide to Mental Toughness (Paperback)

    This book has great introductory insight for young athletes about what it takes to be mentally tough, not just in sports but in school and day to day life. It is very comprehensive but presented in a way that middle school and high school aged kids alike can grasp. My 13 year old brother has really liked the tools presented at the end of each chapter to use as he charts out his monitored progress.

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