a wide ranging conversation with a true, cutting edge leader in Sports Psychology and Performance Enahancement, whose work has been adopted by the US army and used with tens of thousands of troops.
Nate Zinsser Bio
Professional in the field of Sports Psychology,
Author Dear Dr. Psych; a sports Psychology Guide Book for Kids
chapter on Confidence: in last five editions of the classic text:
Applied Sports Psychology, Personal growth to peak perfomance.Director
of the Performance Enhancement Program at the United States Military
Academy at West Point.
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Futurehealth Plenary Talk by Nate Zinsser
Through many years of mentoring athletes and other performers three
vital lessons consistently surface as essential to success and
These lessons will be will be explained and illustrated using examples
from the 2000 US Olympic Trials and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games.
In brief, the lessons are:
1) It's all about confidence
2) The higher the level at which you compete, the "lower" many things
3) The difference between victory and defeat is microscopically small
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Futurehealth WinterBrain Workshop by Nathaniel Zinsser.
This is a workshop on bringing out one's best performance under highly
pressurized conditions based on 20 years of work with elite performers
and 30 years of study in meditation and martial arts. (Specifications:
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- positive psychology
- coaching clients
the Warrior Ethos; Mental Training for 21st Century Soldiers
Zinsser, Nate. Futurehealth Plenary (Specifications: MP3, 20 mins)
Program Designed to prepare
soldiers to be resistant to PTSD.
9 army centers for enhanced
Uses HRV breath biofeedback training-- two brands.
for teaching cadets mental skills that will help their pursuit of
excellence as athletes, students and officers.
expeditionary athlete-- entering an endurance contest-- same demands as
ACEP headquarters unit. doing study
study at Ft. Jackson how effective curriculum is with brand new recruits
in basic training.
Fitness test, markmanship scores, hesitation
time on obstacle courses.
Pilot study showed encouraging results
Full study with 3000 subjects
Probably largest study of
sports psychology interventions every conducted
Pilot study: new
recruits who were involved in our curriculum moved through obstracle
course were faster, shot grouping in marksmanship test was better-- more
A lot of the principles that we're teaching to
soldiers are well known in the sports psychology field ... 8:00
have to have a certain kind of state of mind when you learn a skill,
then shift to a different state of mind when you have to perform.
have to be aware of weakness, deliberately trying to correct
Once it's time to actually do them, instead of breaking
it down, you have to see the whole same thing and let the training take
over without being analytic.
It's being able to filter...
beings are wired to perform their best 11:00
refers to dumb focus...
At West Point
two hour orientation
to our program for all cadets, then 500 get student success course.
become a national champion, become an
20:00 taught, "sleep is for
wimps" and "you're going to get all the sleep you need when you're
recovering physical and emotional energy
use yoga and
meditative approach, taking yoga and meditative language out.
HR monitoring-- HR and HRV-- mentions brand
almost every elite
marksman has learned to be so..29:00
force of ventricular
contraction can affect aim, so elite marksmen become very sensitive to
position and breathing.
Best bi-athletes have learned how to
recognize how aroused they are... and they are firing between breaths.
is your responsibility-- you have to put yourself in a state that is
most helpful at the moment. 34:00
research equipment he
Digital audio technology:
come up with a written
script that describes goals for semester, career-- detailed, with
priorities important to develop and pursue, then breaks priorities into
mix as wave file with music choices of the cadets,
to it to revisit their goals,
Working with confidence:
first mission is to get students to understand what confidence
is and what it is not.
That state of certainty that allows you to
do things without a lot of conscious interference.
You do them
automatically, like tying shoes.
THat's the state of certainty that
the football player, tennis player,marksman, surgeon wants to be in.
can only become confident once you have experienced success.
flashing back to episodes that have not been successful. Even
Selectively ignoring the episodes where it went right.
Confidence comes to not what happens to you, but how you think
about what happens to you.
Confidence is a function of how you
think. Think about confidence as nothing more that the total of your
thoughts about yourself relative to a particular activity.
becomes your responsibility to address that particular ... 44:00
that voice in the back of your head when.... but be able to cut it off
at the knees when it throws doubt and fear and worry at you.
weilling and able to think about yourself the way you want to.
don't be believe there is such a thing as over-confidence, but there is
one thing to look
at a golf swing of Phil Nocholson or Tiger Woods-- an overwhelming
complex process. If you try to look at it from top down, it's very
complex and impossible to execute in the moment.
52: 00 If you
do it from the bottom up--
two kinds of genius--
supported largely in the academic world-- look at all the different
things that go into it. That's academic genius-- ability to break things
down into every finer levels of detail.
To be that pilot you need a
different form of genius.
Yogi berra-- how can you think and hit a
baseball at the same time.
Bottom up Genius
ability to have
that dumb focus--
use of neurofeedback, biofeedback,
cutting edges-- helping staff
connect to origins of these self regulation, mental skills processes
read Bhagavad Gita-- advice to young warriors going into battle.
Legend of Bagger Vance
at the heart of warriorship.
by John Elliot
The Unfettered mind
and the Art of Archery
25th anniversary edition of Inner Game of
Tennis , Tim Galway
Olympians he's trained:
members of army's world class athlete program back in 2000.
to train for olympic trials for their respective sports.
Cohn, Mike Holcolmb
Ohshima first high ranking karate expert to come to the United states.
Has stayed true.
a lot of my heroes are young men and women who
have learned to face themselves and embody that warrior ethos in their
A young lady who as an alternet for the olympic track team
who's now an orthopedic surgeon,
an alternate for the olympics who
is now an army chaplain.
Because they've lived the most authentic
Where you do the very best with whatever you are
given both in terms of physical talent and opportunity... and find
balance through all.
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