PART TWO: Performance psych for goalies

In case you missed part one of this article you can get it HERE.  Make sure you read it first or you will miss some great stuff and a few exercises/drills that you can use on the ice. Now for Part Two…  In the first instalment we talked about high levels of anxiety and how…

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What comes first – success or confidence?

Howdy – today I have a guest post from Brandon Rohrer who specializes in the mental side of the goalie game…enjoy! It’s just like the old saying. What comes first the chicken or the egg? It’s one of my favourite topics to discuss in the mental game. I get asked this question all the time…

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Five ways to defeat self-doubt for goalies.

How to Stop Self Doubt From Creeping In… Have you ever just beaten yourself?  By that I mean have you ever let self-doubt creep in and take over.  Maybe you felt perfectly fine when you stepped on the ice, but then a goal that you probably should have had squeaked in. It tends to get…

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Is It All In Your Head?

Did you know that if you take ask an individual to exercise a muscle group to exhaustion – to the point where they cannot possibly do one more rep even if their life depended on it, but then apply an electrical impulse to the muscle, it will continue to contract.

In other words, you circumnavigate the nervous system and apply an direct and external depolarization (electrical impulse), which is how nerves activate muscle fibres, and you can get an exhausted muscle to do more work.

Am I suggesting that this is just mental weakness on the part of the subject? No, not entirely. There could be an exhaustion of the motor pathway by some other mechanism, but we have all heard stories of people summonsing super human strength to perform unbelievable feats.

Okay, let’s step back a bit now and think of the role that mental strength plays in the success of a goalie, not in terms of their neurophysiology necessarily, but in terms of their ability to focus and when necessary re-focus.

I had the opportunity to speak with Nashville Predators Goaltending Coach Mitch Korn a few weeks ago and our conversation kept turning to the mental aspect of the game.

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