From The First Chair Podcast

Episode 30 - Mental Performance During Championship Season with Mental Performance Consultant Jelle Kooijman

April 3, 2019
In this episode, Frank & Thierry welcome back Mental Performance Coach Jelle Kooijman to discuss lessons learned from the Maverick Mental Training Program, self-talk and mental performance during championship season.
 
(0:45) - Jelle is our first recurring guest that was also on Episode 22 on Mental Training
 
(0:53) - How is the Maverick Mental Training Program going?
 
(1:18) - Why is self talk such a popular mental skill with the athletes?
 
(2:00) - What is the difference between planned self-talk and automatic self talk?
 
(5:33) - Myth or reality: Sports are 90% mental?
 
(9:00) - Myth or reality: Mental preparation is for mentally weak athletes?
 
(10:21) - Myth or reality: Mental preparation is only for elite athletes?
 
(11:44) - Myth or reality: Mental training requires long hours of training to see positive effects?
 
(13:32) - Myth or reality: All mental skills work equally well for all athletes?
 
(14:31) - Myth or reality: The core of mental preparation is visualization et positive thinking?
 
(15:40) - Myth or reality: Mental training fosters the athlete's dependency towards the mental performance consultant?
 
(18:34) - What are some key takeaways from the first year of the MMTP?
 
(23:20) - How many times did Jelle work with each HP athlete in the club?
 
(23:48) - What adjustments would Coach Kooijman make for next season with the MMTP?
 
(26:16) - What can coaches do to ensure athletes keep using their newly acquired mental skills such as visualization and self-talk?
 
(29:04) - How should a coach integrate mental training in a seasonal plan?
 
(32:48) - How could mental training be approached in the off season?
 
(37:55) - What should an athlete do in the week prior to a big event like a provincial or national championship?
 
(43:40) - What should a coach do in the week prior to a big event like a provincial or national championship?
 
(49:50) - What should an athlete and a coach do in the 24 hours prior to a big event like a provincial or national championship?
 
(54:29) - What should an athlete and a coach do in the moments just before a big match at a provincial or national championship?
 
(57:19) - What should coaches not do in the moments just before a big match at a provincial or national championship?
 
(60:12) - What are some dos and don'ts after a critical match at a provincial or national championship?