Mental Conditioning Training

For

Elite Athletes & Teams

Paddy Steinfort

High Performance Manager

University of Pennsylvania

Masters of Positive Psychology

What is Mental Conditioning?

It’s a technical term for a specific type of training aimed at improving an athlete’s mental endurance, strength and agility – and much like the most effective forms of physical training, a mental conditioning program is:

  • Evidence based

    Using the latest research, from resilience training in the US Army, to the monitoring of stress in Olympic athletes & self-­-regulation techniques used in
    addiction treatment.

  • Athlete focused

    The program is designed specifically with athletes as the focus, understanding their unique environment and integrated into the wider training program.

  • Objectively measured

    Like other components of their training, the mental strength of an athlete needs tangible measures, ongoing monitoring & feedback about changes as they improve.

  • Flexible & tailored

    Using a variety of exercises that can be selectively adjusted based on both the psychological profile of the individual and the unique needs of the team.

The New Competitive Edge

Professional & college teams compete in some of the biggest sports league in the world, with games being played in front of huge crowds
and television audiences in the millions. The players train hard on all aspects of their game – physical, tactical, technical – so they
can execute in this high-­-pressure environment, every week.

In this environment,everything athletes are made to do should help make them better – as performers and people –so they systematically improve their
chances of winning.

As teams scramble to find competitive advantages, the use of sports science has become a common intervention alongside other strategies to maximize the performance of players.
One area that is yet to be addressed in a consistent manner is the use of the latest research and interventions in the field of psychology &
mental conditioning.

Sports
Specific
Evidence

In 2014 alone, there’s been compelling evidence that training your mind can be the difference. Winning programs
that have a dedicated mental conditioning coach on staff include:

2014 BSC National Champions
Florida State Seminoles
2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champs
UConn Huskies
2014 NFL Super Bowl Champions
Seattle Seahawks
2014 EPL (Soccer) Champions
Manchester City FC
2014 NCAA Men’s Hockey Champions
Union College Hockey
2014 American League Champions
Kansas City Royals

How Does it Work?

The program uses a variety of science based techniques to tap into the brain’s natural ability to rewire
(neuroplasticity)
and install resilient thinking as a reflexive response for the athlete.

Key aspects of the program include:

  • Profiling of each individual athlete to design a program for their
    unique psychology
  • Interactive games that help embed learning through known

    biological
    shortcuts
  • Ensuring competition ready results and adaptations via multiple

    reps at intensity
  • Tracking changes and reviewing with the athlete as we go using
    dashboards & data*

Sports & Combat Results

Programs in the US Army as well as professional sports teams have produced strong results:

  • Increased consistency

    Athletes showed an average improvement in consistency of 18% (max 77%, min 8%)

  • Greater focus

    Athletes improved overall performance by average of 16% (compared to 0% control)

  • Accelerated development

    Athletes improved overall performance by average of 16% (compared to 0% control)

  • Decreased anxiety

    Trained soldiers showed an 11% decline in negative mental health diagnoses

  • Less trouble

    Soldiers who undertook resilience training produced 75% less disciplinary problems

Why Does it Work in Sports?

Mental conditioning programs in sports improve results through scientifically boosting an athlete’s ability to execute under pressure.

A flow on effect, arguably no less important, is the improvement in individual wellbeing and athlete development that results from applying these exercises within your program.

SPRT Project -­- Expressions of Interest

We are seeking expressions of interest from sports teams who would like to get the edge on opponents with a sports specific program:

Sports Pressure & Resilience Training.

We can apply the profiling across multiple teams & sports, however we intend to limit involvement in training to one team per league.

The training WILL NOT reduce psychological stress -­- this will always be present in high pressure environments. Instead, the athlete is trained to handle pressure more effectively, so they can literally play ‘out of their mind’.

SPRT’s Mental Conditioning Coach

Paddy Steinfort is a former professional

footballer & current High Performance Manager specializing in mental conditioning programs for elite athletes and coaches. He has prior experience working within professional
sports teams as well as Olympic and international touring squads. Paddy is completing his Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at the World’s leading University of Pennsylvania,
and will be backed up by assistance from key faculty staff as required.

MENTAL CONDITIONING TRAINING

EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Please fill in all sections of the form below, and return to psteinfort@afc.com.au
before Monday 17th November, 2014.