Psychology of Motorsport Success

How to Improve Your Performance with Mental Skills Training

Author: Paul Castle

Publisher: Haynes Publications

ISBN: 9781844254958

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 207

View: 8757

Explains the theory and practice of psychological skills training and provides guidance on how to improve a competitor's mental approach to prepare for the challenge of racing.

Fit for Motorsport

Improve Your Race Performance with Better Physical and Mental Training

Author: R. S. Jutley

Publisher: Haynes Publishing Group

ISBN: 9781859608760

Category: Transportation

Page: 128

View: 6099

Improve your performance with better physical and mental training. Peak fitness is a prerequisite for a competitive edge, and top motorsport teams routinely employ medics, psychologists, dieticians and even armed forces specialists to help drivers hone their performance. It's a different picture at national and club level, where poor preparation can blight potential. Here, however, a doctor who competes as a rally driver offers expert information on all aspects of physical and mental fitness including diet, training, safety and medical regulations. Key content:, Simple, established, safe training principles., Measurable components such as stamina, strengths, suppleness, speed, skill and spirit., Balance, agility and co-ordination., Weight loss., Motorsport-specific circuit training., Rescue procedures in an emergency., Contributions from motorsport luminaries including Professor Sid Watkins, Colin McRae, Louise Aitken-Walker and Jim Moodie.

How to be a Successful Teacher

Strategies for Personal and Professional Development

Author: Paul Castle,Scott Buckler

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1849200173

Category: Education

Page: 232

View: 5070

Teaching is a rewarding, yet demanding profession, one in which a person needs to be fully prepared. This book focuses on the applied psychological skills, strategies and resources, which will help to ensure you are equipped with personal and professional expertise to survive in the classroom. In the book you will find: - An overview of important psychological themes within teaching such as confidence, motivation and self esteem - Explorations of physical issues related to successful psychological functioning, such as fitness and nutrition - Advice and activities which will show you how to learn and use psychological skills and techniques directly Readily accessible to a wide audience, including internationally, the book assumes no prior knowledge of psychology. The authors give specific examples taken from a diverse range of professional situations, always with relevant theoretical underpinning, and the structure allows you to dip in and out of chapters and sections. The text provides support to students on teacher training courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. It will also help teachers in their formative professional years.

Peak Performance Every Time

Author: Simon Hartley

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0415676738

Category: Psychology

Page: 209

View: 6375

Peak performances should not be left to chance. Rather than hoping that you will perform at your best, why not engineer your performance? Peak Performance Every Time incorporates principles from sport psychology and performance coaching and applies these to all areas of life. Using illustrations and real-world examples from top athletes and business executives, it focuses on the three main components that underpin performance: Confidence Motivation Focus. As well as offering practical strategies to help the reader achieve their optimal mindset, it also explains how to coach others to perform to their potential. Throughout, the book is underpinned by theoretical frameworks, literature and research findings and will be invaluable to anyone trying to reach their full potential, in particular athletes, coaches, managers and executives. It may also be of interest to sports psychology, management and business students.

Optimum Drive

The Road Map to Driving Greatness

Author: Paul F. Gerrard

Publisher: Mango Media Inc.

ISBN: 1633535185

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 200

View: 6373

Optimum Drive ─ Why should you just be good when you can be great? Attaining peak performance: Optimum Drive is a motivational book that uses top level race car driving as a metaphor for peak performance. As a professional racing driver himself as well a driving coach for over 20 years, the author Paul F. Gerrard has penned his unique perspective on what causes people to stagnate with the idea of being merely good, when each of us has the potential to be great. Gerrard believes that peak performance is within our grasp. He lays out his step-by-step process for attaining peak performance with detailed nuance threaded throughout. If you have ever been curious about maximizing your own ultimate potential, Optimum Drive is for you! Mental toughness: Greatness is as hard to quantify as it is to achieve...probably not a coincidence. In this debut book, Optimum Drive, professional driver Gerrard helps you understand the mental toughness that it takes to reach that greatness. He starts off by taking you onto the track as he explores what driving at 200 mph can teach us about who we are. Using his experiences from behind the wheel at death-defying speeds, Gerrard breaks down the psychology of driving, what it takes, and how we can use it to achieve greatness in life. Flow psychology and staying in the zone: The key to the mental toughness that Gerrard believes it takes to achieve peak performance is the nirvana-like sensation of flow psychology or being in the zone. Flow psychology, or being in the zone, is a mental state in which one who is performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and joy. It is through flow psychology that Gerrard introduces a blend of holistic mindset combined with a competitive edge, which is essential to successful professional driving. This mix of guts, tenacity and endurance is the foundation of Gerrard’s philosophy for attaining greatness. Natural vs. earned talent; After flow psychology, you will learn about natural vs earned talent and how the way we drive is representative of who we are. From braking, cornering and accelerating to anticipation vs. reaction, refining a process that defines our greatness in or out of the car.

Sport Psychology: The Basics

Optimising Human Performance

Author: Rhonda Cohen

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408182173

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 224

View: 6928

This comprehensive and accessible textbook covers the key topics in sport psychology, but also addresses current issues such as talent identification, mental toughness, risk taking, NLP, reaction times, sporting injuries and social media. It contains examples for a multitude of sports from around the world, and new developing areas such as strength and conditioning, extreme sports and combat sports. Recognising the importance for students to fully understand the topic in order to apply this knowledge, the book provides a comprehensive overview of each topic before presenting practical applications in the book as well as through online resources. Each chapter focuses around answering a key question integral to this topic within sports psychology, helping students progress in their learning from the theory to the practical. Sports used as examples/case studies include: Football, rugby, tennis, squash, fencing, real tennis, drag racing, free diving, bob sleighing, slalom skiing, weight lifting, mixed martial arts, athletics (track & field), baseball, and American football.

Team Psychology in Sports

Theory and Practice

Author: Stewart Cotterill

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136475907

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 184

View: 4393

The ability to mould a group of talented individual athletes into an effective team takes effort and skill. Team Psychology in Sports examines the crucial factors in the development of an effective team, introducing important psychological and organizational concepts and offering evidence-based interventions for enhancing the performance of any sports team. The book neatly bridges the gap between theory and practice, with real sporting case studies, examples and practical tools included in each chapter. It covers the full range of issues in team sport, including: planning communication cohesion motivation emotions momentum leadership recovery. No other book offers such an up-to-date, relevant and applied guide to working with sports teams. It is essential reading for all students and practitioners working in sport psychology or sports coaching.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

A Novel

Author: Garth Stein

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780061738098

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

View: 8841

The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein–a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of a dog’s efforts to hold together his family in the face of a divisive custody battle. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn't simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life's ordeals. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family have been through: the sacrifices Denny has made to succeed professionally; the unexpected loss of Eve, Denny's wife; the three-year battle over their daughter, Zoë, whose maternal grandparents pulled every string to gain custody. In the end, despite what he sees as his own limitations, Enzo comes through heroically to preserve the Swift family, holding in his heart the dream that Denny will become a racing champion with Zoë at his side. Having learned what it takes to be a compassionate and successful person, the wise canine can barely wait until his next lifetime, when he is sure he will return as a man.

Inner Speed Secrets

Mental Strategies to Maximize Your Racing Performance

Author: Ross Bentley,Ronn Langford

Publisher: MotorBooks International

ISBN: 9780760308349

Category: Transportation

Page: 160

View: 7842

Techniques to help drivers overcome the mental barriers that prevent successful racing.

In The Zone

How Champions Think and Win Big

Author: Clyde Brolin

Publisher: Bonnier Publishing Ltd.

ISBN: 1911274562

Category: Psychology

Page: 304

View: 5201

What psychological traits link Novak Djokovic and Jessica Ennis-Hill? Or Sebastian Vettel and Nadia Comaneci? What goes through an athlete's head when their life's work is at stake? What separates those who can stay at the top from those who can't? How do daredevils suppress the fear of death? What exactly is that near-mystical state known as 'the zone'? Drawing on over a hundred exclusive interviews with elite athletes from sports ranging from F1 to swimming, base jumping and cycling, In the Zone investigates with intelligence and clarity the mental processes by which champions are made.

Performance Riding Techniques

The MotoGP Manual of Track Riding Skills

Author: Andy Ibbott,Keith Code

Publisher: Haynes Publications

ISBN: 9781844256976

Category: Transportation

Page: 183

View: 8328

The second edition of this official Moto GP guide, aimed at racing and track day enthusiasts at all levels, has been expanded to include extra information and many new photos and quotes from today's Moto GP stars.

Performance Thinking

Mental Skills for the Competitive World...and for Life!

Author: Jacques DallairePh.D.

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0985146117

Category: Self-Help

Page: 230

View: 5566

“Performance Thinking – Mental Skills for the Competitive World...and for Life!”, by Dr. Jacques Dallaire of Performance Prime, addresses two basic but profoundly important questions that are relevant to every human being on the planet: ‘How do I mentally sabotage my own performance?’ and ‘How can I control my thinking in order to optimize my performance?’ This interactive book provides a simple, powerful framework of mental “Rules” that the reader can use to understand clearly how the way that they think – directly and indirectly – influences how they perform. The disruptive influence of distractions is one of the most common complaints that people identify when it comes to the self-sabotage of their own performance. Distractions (both internal, in their own mind and external, from the environment around them), cause individuals to struggle and have difficulty remaining correctly focused on the task in front of them. These distractions negatively impact performance because focus of attention is diverted away from the task to the source of their worry. Dr. Dallaire makes the case that, at its most basic level, the secret to the mental game ultimately is the ability to control focus of attention so that it is directed to the correct thing at the correct time. “Performance Thinking” clearly outlines the nature of this problem and presents practical and effective solutions to address this thorny issue. Fear of failure is also often cited by individuals as an overriding, emotional response that consumes their thinking and drives their behavior. This is especially true in challenging or difficult situations. In environments where results are seen as critical and where the task being targeted is challenging, fear of not being successful or concern over what others might think of them if they do fail, often influences performance in a negative way. Internal negative thoughts increase anxiety and heightened anxiety levels ultimately lead to a fundamentally incorrect focus that corrupts performance and negatively influences mental and physical health. “Performance Thinking” sheds light on why? and how? this decay in thinking occurs and exactly how self-doubt leads to inferior performance. It also establishes a practical framework of thinking that can reshape your dominant thought and positively influence your ability to perform. The book discusses the dangers associated with an overriding focus on results, explains how we mentally process information at a fundamental level, describes the direct impact that imagery has on performance, and explores in detail what the ‘skill’ of focus or concentration is...and how to control it. The A.C.T. Model© process that Dr. Dallaire shares in the final section of the book is a methodology that has been proven over decades to help thousands of top performers from many different walks of life achieve – and even exceed – their performance goals. The process, while simple in both design and execution, is a powerful performance modeling tool that can help readers control their thoughts in challenging situations and as a result, optimize their performance. It describes a systematic process of self-analysis and self-correction that engages the unconscious mind in a way that fosters the development of the mental “Zone” that is associated with optimal performance. The mindset that appears to be characteristic of champions can be modeled and learned, and “Performance Thinking” provides a road map to the development of this kind of thinking. It is truely a mental skills ‘toolkit’ to optimize personal performance.

Total Competition

Lessons in Strategy from Formula One

Author: Ross Brawn,Adam Parr

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1471162370

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

View: 2638

Total Competition is the most compelling, comprehensive and revealing insight into what it takes to get to the top in Formula One that has ever been published. Across four decades, Ross Brawn was one of the most innovative and successful technical directors and then team principals in Formula One. Leading Benetton, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn and Mercedes, he worked with drivers such as Michael Schumacher, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton to make them world champions. In 2017, he was appointed F1's managing director, motor sports, by the sport's new owners Liberty Media. Now, in this fascinating book written with Adam Parr (who was CEO and then chairman of Williams for five years), he looks back over his career and methods to assess how he did it, and where occasionally he got things wrong. Total Competition is a definitive portrait of modern motorsport. In the book, Brawn and Parr explore the unique pressures of Formula One, their battles with Bernie Ecclestone, and the cut-throat world they inhabited, where coming second is never good enough. This book will appeal not only to the millions of Formula One fans who want to understand how Brawn operates, it will also provide many lessons in how to achieve your own business goals. 'A must-have insight into the awe-inspiring career of a true motor racing great' Daily Express

Go Like Hell

Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans

Author: A. J. Baime

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0547416563

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 320

View: 7684

By the early 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, built to bring automobile transportation to the masses, was falling behind. Young Henry Ford II, who had taken the reins of his grandfather’s company with little business experience to speak of, knew he had to do something to shake things up. Baby boomers were taking to the road in droves, looking for speed not safety, style not comfort. Meanwhile, Enzo Ferrari, whose cars epitomized style, lorded it over the European racing scene. He crafted beautiful sports cars, "science fiction on wheels," but was also called "the Assassin" because so many drivers perished while racing them. Go Like Hell tells the remarkable story of how Henry Ford II, with the help of a young visionary named Lee Iacocca and a former racing champion turned engineer, Carroll Shelby, concocted a scheme to reinvent the Ford company. They would enter the high-stakes world of European car racing, where an adventurous few threw safety and sanity to the wind. They would design, build, and race a car that could beat Ferrari at his own game at the most prestigious and brutal race in the world, something no American car had ever done. Go Like Hell transports readers to a risk-filled, glorious time in this brilliant portrait of a rivalry between two industrialists, the cars they built, and the "pilots" who would drive them to victory, or doom.

Art of the Formula 1 Race Car

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1610608119

Category: Transportation

Page: 208

View: 9689

Art of the Formula 1 Race Car brings a selection of these spectacular machines into the studio to expose not just the engineering brilliance of these cars, but also their inherent beauty.

The Power of Glamour

Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion

Author: Virginia Postrel

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416561110

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 269

View: 4381

An exploration of glamour, a potent cultural force that influences where people choose to live, which careers to pursue, where to invest, and how to vote, offers empowerment to be smarter about engaging with the world.

Smith's Fundamentals of Motorsport Engineering

Author: Josh Smith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781408518083

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 240

View: 3799

Smith's Fundamentals of Motorsport Engineering provides the ultimate guide to motorsport engineering and what to expect at the racetrack, with content to suit motorsport learners from Level 3 up to degree level.

The Power of Negative Emotion

Author: Todd B Kashdan,Robert Biswas-Diener

Publisher: Oneworld Publications

ISBN: 178074661X

Category: Psychology

Page: 999

View: 2216

Mindfulness, kindness, and positivity can take us far. But they cannot take us all the way. Sometimes, they can even hold us back. Emotions like anger, anxiety, or doubt might be uncomfortable, but it turns out that they are also incredibly useful. Kashdan and Biswas-Diener explain the importance of developing our “emotional agility” – the ability to access our full range of emotions (not just the “good” ones). Find out how: • Anger fuels creativity • Guilt sparks improvement • Self-doubt enhances performance • Selfishness increases courage • Mindlessness leads to better decisions Drawing on years of scientific research and a wide array of real-life examples including sports, the military, parenting, education, relationships, business, and more, The Power of Negative Emotion is a refreshing reality check against the constant exhortations to be mindful and think positively.