"Iván Fernández Anaya, a 24 year old long distance runner, refused to take advantage of his opponent’s misadventure in a cross-country competition which took place in Burlada, Navarre.
Anaya won second place after helping his opponent Abel Mutai. Mutai, who was a bronze medal winner at the London 2012 Olympics, lost his way. He pulled away just about 10 meters before the finish line, believing he had already won. Instead of taking advantage of the situation, Anaya helped Mutai, guiding him to the actual finish line and letting him take the first place.
Anaya says he didn’t deserve to win and that the rightful spot was actually Mutai’s. His personal trainer, former Spanish distant runner Martin Fiz, said that Anaya showed grace that very few people would nowadays. What is more, Fiz believes that such gesture has never been made in the past before.
Anaya said that even if he had the chance to go back, he still would have let Mutai win. His notable actions may not have made him a better athlete or a bigger winner, but they have surely made him a better person. And let’s be honest, aren’t we all aiming to be better people?"
Gary Woodland turns to a mental coach to see what is under the hood.
"...has given him two basic thoughts to replace all the clutter in his mind. The first is stop hating the last shot and love the next shot. The other is that he does not need to hit every shot perfectly because he possesses the all-around game to erase mistakes that are part of any round"
Self-Loathing Wins Championships: A video of German tennis star Tommy Haas berating himself is the key to understanding sports psychology.
Is negative self-talk always bad? Not necessarily. This article examines Tommy Haas' negative rant and looks at how mindfulness can help you separate from negative thoughts.
Stay Stacked is a series focused on well-being for poker players. Although you focus heavily on refining your game strategy, you may not be performing at your peak if your most vital instruments — your mind and body — aren't in tune.
In this episode, mental skills coach of MindSync Consulting, Alessandra Farley, M.A., discusses a popular combination of techniques she works on with her poker-playing clients — circle breaths and mantras.
Seattle Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll is taking a new approach to football: making the players happy. This approach includes yoga, meditation, and a solid mental health staff that includes a life consultant/addiction counselor and a sport psychologist.
A compilation of amazing TED Talks. Some highlights are:
-"Are we born to run?"
-"How I held my breath for 17 minutes"
-"Try something new for 30 days"
-"The difference between winning and succeeding"
-"The power of vulnerability"
-"How to make the life-work balance work"
-"Want to be happier? Stay in the moment."
Enjoy this collection of articles, videos and audio clips. The aim is to help inform and educate readers to happenings and concepts in sport psychology.