Performance

Tim has worked with many kinds of athletes, including but not limited to:Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, Softball, Baseball, Equestrian, Climbing, Power-Lifting, Bowling, Rifle, Racquetball, Marathons, Triathlons, Sailing, Tennis, Golf, Football, Gymnastics, Cheer, Track and Field, Cross-Country, Women’s Volleyball, Swimming, Synchronized Swimming, Nordic Skiing, Alpine Skiing, Freestyle Skiing, Snowboarding, and Many Others!

Tim also served as the Senior Performance Specialist at Fort Lewis’s Army Center for Enhanced Performance, and later the Mind-Body Senior Scientist at the Consortium for Health and Military Performance. A detailed description for some of his views on performance can be found in this article he wrote with his colleague Dr. Patty Deuster:Performance Psychology as a Key Component of Human Performance Optimization-published in the Journal of Special Operations Medicine.

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His Reaching Ahead Mental Performance (RAMP) model can be boiled down as follows: The difference between two phenomenal athletes is how they perform- Mentally. Mental Performance boils down to what we do, think, feel emotionally, and feel in the body. Distinguishing between what you control, what’s out of your control, and what you influence, allows for efficient/relevant focus. You can train relevant focus through development of Mental Skills (focused on doing, thinking, emotions, and body feelings).?You control what you do. “Doing Skills” include: 1) Knowing your Values; 2) Goal-Setting; 3) Knowing your Motivators. Accepting your emotions helps you get unstuck. “Emotional Skills” include: 1) Self-Attunement; 2) Anxiety Tolerance; 3) Communication. You influence how you think and how your body feels. “Thinking Skills” and “Body Feeling Skills” include: 1) Self-Talk Habits; 2) Mental Imagery; 3) Mindful Attention; 4) Energy Management; 5) Anxiety Reduction; 6) Channeling Emotions.

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About the Author:

Tim holds Masters degrees in both counseling/sport psychology and in clinical psychology, and a Doctorate in counseling psychology. He has worked with high performers at several universities (including the US Naval Academy), an elite sports camp (IMG Academies), and with US Army personnel (Center for Enhanced Performance at Fort Lewis). Tim gives workshops for sport psychology practitioners, coaches, and athletes for many organizations including the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, the Performing Arts Medicine Association, USA Gymnastics, and US Sailing.