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Mental Fitness: How to Train Your Brain for Athletic Success, an Interview with Matt Fitzgerald

Most athletes and coaches agree that mental fitness is equally, if not more important than physical fitness. However, not many athletes and coaches know how to properly train the mind and build mental strength. The basics of physical fitness training are widely-known and practiced, but when it comes to mental fitness training, most athletes and coaches just "wing it." This is understandable, since the mental side of sports is much more intangible, but still, a lot needs to be done to help athletes and coaches learn how to effectively train the mind. This is why I'm excited to share with you my interview with Matt Fitzgerald, an author who has written multiple books on mental fitness. I hope you enjoy it! SPT: Hello Matt, can you please give me your definition of mental fitness?   MF:  I define mental fitness operationally, as the ability to make the best of a bad situation. This ability depends on an underlying capacity to fully face reality in challenging moments.   SPT:

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The Benefits of Mindfulness: an Interview with Thomas Singleton

The practice of mindfulness is something that many people have heard about, but not everyone truly understands. This is why I'm excited to share with you my interview with Thomas Singleton, a sports psychology graduate student at Boston University who focuses on the topic of mindfulness. Here is our conversation. I hope you enjoy it! SPT: Hi Thomas, could you help me define what exactly mindfulness is? TS: Mindfulness is a focus on the present moment. It includes recognizing your thoughts, feelings, and bodily sensations and observing them without judgment. Mindfulness can be used to separate you – your consciousness – from your thoughts, emotions, and urges. SPT: How can mindfulness help athletes perform better in games? TS: In order to play their best, athletes need to be present and aware of what is happening. With mindfulness, we can recognize our negative thoughts and feelings, not judge them or deny them, and then bring our focus back to what we need to do in order to perfo