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Mental Mastery by Ken Way

This is a reference book for sportsmen and women, their coaches and managers, and anyone who is involved in improving mental aspects of sporting performance. It covers all major problems encountered in sport by detailing techniques, case studies and coaching tips to help you understand how you can improve your mental game. Each of the ‘Mental Mastery’ techniques has proven effective in the world of elite sport. They are presented in step-by-step detail so they can be used by athletes, coaches and parents, regardless of sport, ability or age. In all there are 69 Techniques backed up with 19 case studies and 21 coaching tips. There are also 49 full-colour sports images, 45 diagrams, 27 tables, 3 questionnaires, a techniques-matrix and a huge range of models and ideas – certainly enough to help control or eliminate virtually every conceivable mental problem in sport. ‘Mental Mastery’ provides detailed information to help you with anxiety, attitude, beliefs, confidence, concentration, determination, emotional control, enthusiasm, energy, focus, goal-setting, killer instinct, mental toughness, motivation, optimism, peak performance, perseverance, resilience, team development, visualisations….and a whole lot more.
About the Author:
Ken Way has been working with leading sportsmen and women in many different sports for more than 25 years. Having worked with 3 international teams in different sports as well as world, commonwealth and national champions in many different disciplines he has developed mental techniques that are fast, powerful and ultra-effective. His approach has been applied in all major sports, especially soccer where he has worked with six professional teams (at International, European, Premiership and Championship levels). His experience has also been crafted into training programmes that have not only proved popular with coaches but also with businesses and organisations keen to gain that added advantage.

Don’t Should on Your Kids: Build Their Mental Toughness by Dr. Rob Bell and Bill Parisi
A change has occurred – Youth sports have been professionalized and there has been a perversion of potential. It has become scholarships over development, trophies over toughness, and talent over tenacity.
The professionalization has created an environment of externally driven, perfectionist, and stressed competitors. Parenting athletes also require such a vast amount of sacrifice both emotionally and financially.
Are we doing it correctly?
This book will help you empower your kids to build their mental toughness.
In this cutting-edge book, you’ll develop specific strategies:
* Find out how to prep them for the most important competitions.
* Discover one way to help them build their own passion and desire.
* How a blow-pop can help during an actual competition.
* One way to ensure your child doesn’t quit playing.
* What we actually need to call our child.
* Learn the best and worst times to talk about the game.

How to Win (Lessons from the Premier League) by The Secret Footballer with The Secret Psychologist

“I saw men under pressure. I saw men succeed and more men fail. I always wondered where the difference lay.” What separates the good from the truly great players? How do football managers get the best out of their team? How do you come back from a crushing defeat to win? In an inspirational, funny and thought-provoking new book, The Secret Footballer teams up with The Secret Psychologist to crack the secrets of success and share with us the tricks and tips that keep the top players at the top of their game. Exploring the winning mindset from confidence to concentration, exposing the successes, the failures and the frauds, this book will shock and entertain. And while most of us will never dribble like Messi or strike like Suarez, we can learn to think like them. How To Win is the thinking fan’s handbook for those who want to win. At football or at life.

The Secret Footballer’s Guide to the Modern Game by The Secret Footballer

The outspoken anonymous author is back with the ultimate book to challenge conventional footballing wisdom. With his trademark wit, intelligence and candour, the Secret Footballer will guide you through formations, tactics, mind games and everything else you need to know about what it takes to be a pro.
The book includes in-depth analysis of modern tactics; insight into the psychology of players on and off the pitch; tips on nutrition and fitness; how to deal with fans (including what it’s like to play in each Premier League ground in England); a guide to modern footballing language; and a remarkable exposé of the finances involved in the commercial game. If you want to know how to stop a player like Cristiano Ronaldo, or why exactly Rooney is worth £300,000 a week, or who the greatest player of all time is, you will find it all here.
Fully illustrated with line drawings showing the technical aspects of the game, this will be the perfect Christmas gift for aspiring football stars and armchair pundits alike.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset—those who believe that abilities are fixed—are less likely to flourish than those with agrowth mindset—those who believe that abilities can be developed. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment.

In this edition, Dweck offers new insights into her now famous and broadly embraced concept. She introduces a phenomenon she calls false growth mindset and guides people toward adopting a deeper, truer growth mindset. She also expands the mindset concept beyond the individual, applying it to the cultures of groups and organizations. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform their lives and your own.

The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper by Timothy Mulqueen with Michael Woitalla

Shut down the opponent and stop every shot. Only The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper will show you how to combine awareness, technique, and physical conditioning to anticipate the opponent’s every move.

In The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper, renowned goalkeeping coach Tim Mulqueen shares his secrets and provides unparalleled instruction for developing the skills, techniques, and mental mind-set for mastering the game’s toughest position:
Stance, positioning, and footwork
Leaping, diving, and saving shots at various heights
Orchestrating the defense and distributing the ball
Reading the game, including shooters, angles, and set plays
Penalty kicks and situation-specific tactics
Specific conditioning exercises to develop explosive power, sharpen eye–hand coordination, and improve reaction time
The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper also includes advice from leading goalkeepers, analysis of many of the game’s stellar saves, and exclusive insights from today’s top attackers on the defensive weaknesses they try to exploit.

From tactics to strategies, The Complete Soccer Goalkeeper is simply the most complete guide available for players and coaches of the game’s most challenging position.

The Keeper: The Unguarded Story of Tim Howard by Tim Howard

In this inspiring, down-to-earth memoir the revered goalkeeper and American icon idolized by millions worldwide for his dependability, daring, and humility recounts his rise to stardom at the 2014 World Cup, the psychological and professional challenges he has faced, and the enduring faith that has sustained him.

In The Keeper, the man who electrified the world with his amazing performance in Brazil does something he would never do on a soccer field: he drops his guard. As fiercely protective about his privacy as he is guarding the goal on the field, Howard opens up for the first time about how a hyperactive kid from New Jersey with Tourette’s syndrome defied the odds to become one of the world’s premier goalkeepers.

The Keeper recalls his childhood, being raised by a single mother who instilled in him a love of sports and a devout Christian faith that helped him cope when he was diagnosed with Tourette’s in the fifth grade. He looks back over his fifteen-year professional career—from becoming the youngest player to win MLS Goalkeeper of the Year to his storied move to the English Premier League with Manchester United and his current team, Liverpool’s Everton, to becoming an overnight star after his record-making performance with the United States Men’s National Team. He also talks about the things closest to his heart—the importance of family and the Christian beliefs that guide him.

Told in his thoughtful and articulate voice, The Keeper is an illuminating look at a remarkable man who is an inspirational role model for all of us.

The Keeper is illustrated with two 8-page color photo inserts.

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