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Sports Psychology: How To Stop Choking At Pitching

“My kid is a talented pitcher, but he chokes when the pressure is on.”   “ My daughter was pitching great in practice, but she lost it when the scouts were watching her.” “Once I give up a few hits, I lose my confidence and I’m done. My legs get weak. I can’t get any […]

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Sport Psychology: Why Do Some Athletes Snap?

Last Saturday, I appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America. A producer   asked me to comment on the the recent violent act in the Ranger vs. Islander hockey game. I have written on violence in sports in the past and I have been interviewed by the British Broadcasting Company on this subject. However, this most […]

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Making It In The National Footbal League

It’s the Super Bowl season and a lot of us are thinking about the   National Football League and the big game. Fans and non fans are entering pools and preparing for parties with friends, family members and coworkers. About six weeks ago, I received a call from a fine young athlete who had a […]

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Sports Psychology, Shooting And Hypnosis

Several years ago, I was giving a seminar on putting to a group of competitive golfers. During the class, four or five of the participants identified themselves as serious shooters who competed in events throughout the United States. At first, I was a bit surprised to have these people attending a seminar that was designed […]

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Sports Psychology, Football And The New York Giants

Part of the Giants’ recent collapse can be attributed to injuries to   seven of their starting players. Widespread injuries to key players like these can be significant obstacles for many professional football teams to overcome. In my view, however, the Giants problems are a bit more deep seated than having injured players. The Giant […]

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Do You Or Your Child Suffer From Test Anxiety?

“My daughter is very bright, but she panics when she has to take tests.” “My son can’t sleep the night before a test.” “I was so scared during the SAT’s that I couldn’t concentrate at all. I took a prep class, but it didn’t help me. I was just too up tight to do well. […]

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Sports Psychology, Sport Psychologist, Sport Psychology, New York, New Jersey

Sports Psychology Counseling: Phone Sessions and Private Coaching Sessions Jay P. Granat, Ph.D., Founder, 888-580-ZONE Who Do We Help? For almost twenty years, I have counseled athletes, parents of athletes and coaches who work closely with top athletes. Here are some examples of the issues and concerns that people call us about: - A […]

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Sports Psychology: Stress Management For Young Athletes

Being an elite athlete can produce significant stress for teenagers who   participate in highly competitive sports. A lot of the stress comes from pressure that they put on themselves and pressure that they experience from coaches, media, parents and peers. Many fine athletes who have I counseled suffer from significant anxiety, depression, insomnia and […]

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Sports Psychology For Golfers

Want To Play On The PGA Tour, The Nationwide Tour Or The Hooters Tour?Over the last few years, I have worked with a number of golfers who want   to play professional golf. It is very challenging and difficult to make it on these tours, since the competition is stiff and the margin for error […]

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Announcing The Opening Of A One Day Golf School: Personalized Training For Top Golfers

Are you trying to make it on the PGA tour, The Nationwide Tour, The   LPGA or The Hooters Tour? Tired of choking of three foot putts? Sick of losing to players you should beat? Why are you a champ on the range and a chump on the course? Would you like to have a […]

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Sports Psychology, Golf Psychology, Putting And PGA Pros

Over the years many pro golfers have asked me for help with their   putting. Professional golfers are quite perfectionistic about their short games and are rarely satisfied with this crucial part of their sport. When you counsel golfers at this elite level, making a minor adjustment is usually all that is needed to get […]

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Sports Psychology Observations: Sometimes You Have To Be There

For many years, I have coached and counseled athletes and parents or   athletes from a wide range of sports including: baseball, basketball, golf, tennis, bowling, football, surfing, skiing, archery, wrestling, boxing, shooting, football, hockey, soccer, ice skating, billiards and the martial arts. Most of these athletes contact me when they are nervous about a […]

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Sports Psychology: What's Wrong With Alex Rodriguez?

Two weeks ago, a reporter from Newsday called me to get my thoughts and   observations as to what was going on with Alex Rodriguez. Because I have counseled and coached many athletes I frequently get calls from the media about sports and about and about athletes.. At that point in time, as baseball fans […]

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Sports Psychology Advice For Athletes And Entrepreneurs: How To Recover From A Setback

Yesterday, a reporter from a national magazine interviewed me to get some of my thoughts on how I help people to get past a major setback in one’s life. This writer was particularly interested in the best ways to help men overcome disappointments in business and in sports. Life is certainly loaded with disappointments and […]

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Sports Psychology, Teenagers, Tennis And Choking

This week I received a dozen phone calls from parents of highly competitive   teenage tennis players. Virtually all of the parents who called had the same kinds of concerns. “My kid can beat anybody in practice, but chokes in tournaments.” “My child is constantly losing to players he should beat.” “My daughter is in […]

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Sports Psychology, Mental Toughness Training , Student-Athletes

Academia and sports are becoming increasingly more competitive in   today’s world. I recently read that some of the Ivy League schools are now rejecting seventy percent of the valedictorians who apply for admission. Obviously, these elite schools are swamped with applicants. In addition, the admissions people are now considering other factors like SAT scores, […]

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