Whether you’re struggling with pre-match nerves, looking to enhance your workout or athletic performance, or seeking more meaning and enjoyment out of physical activity, we can help you accomplish your goals and reach your peak potential.
Five Mental Skills of Successful Athletes
1) They focus only on what they can control
It is important to focus solely on what you can control during competition, such as your effort, attitude, and responses (your EARs). Other factors such as past performances, crowd behavior, and the refereeing are outside of your control and not an effective use of your focus and energy.
2) They recognize the difference between nerves and anxiety
Nerves are an unavoidable aspect of getting the body and mind ready for competition. We do not want to get rid of nerves because they help us increase focus, raise endorphin levels, and prepare our bodies to perform. Anxiety is worry or fear about the future and takes us out of the moment. The best athletes know the difference and manage them both effectively.
3) They deal effectively with emotions
Successful athletes understand that strong emotions, such as frustration, sadness, and excitement, are simply part of playing competitive sports. The key is learning how to use these emotions to enhance rather than detract from consistently performing at a high level.
4) They know what to pay attention to
In every sport, there are useful cues for an athlete to attend to when performing. The reality is that there are far more that are not helpful. Successful athletes know how to pay attention to the “news” while filtering out the unhelpful “noise” that tend to be distractions.
5) They know when and how to practice
Successful athletes ensure they consistently practice with purpose. They spend most of the time improving weaknesses and don’t avoid addressing shortcomings. In addition, they are motivated by their process and set appropriate short and long-term goals.
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Our coffee talks are designed for our first-time joint replacement patients and their coaches. Led by our experienced joint replacement nurse clinicians, this online discussion offers a casual way to get answers to questions as you prepare for your upcoming surgery from the comfort of your own home.
How to Get Ready for the Coffee Talk
- Our joint replacement nurse clinicians offer these drop-in educational sessions twice/week. We will send you instruction and a private link to join a discussions at your convenience.
- Review the Hip Replacement or Knee Replacement book prior to the discussion.
- Write down any general questions you want to ask.
- Tip: Answers to common questions can be found in our frequently asked questions document. Our nurse clinicians can expand on these or any additional general questions that may be top of mind.
- Note: Your privacy is important to us. As this is a group discussion, questions related to your specific health condition, medications, or personal questions about your home or support system will not be covered.
- Download the Zoom app on your device by going to https://zoom.us/ on your desktop or from your app store.
- You can join the meeting by calling in from your phone as well. Please follow directions provided by the nurse clinician team via myChart on how to call into the meeting
- You can choose any device to join the class: mobile phone, iPad, desktop, laptop, etc.
How to join the Coffee Talk
- Click on the link in the myChart message sent to you by our nurse clinicians a few minutes before the discussion starts
- Sign into the meeting with your first or last name only to protect your confidentiality.
- Make sure you are on mute after logging into the class and wait for the instructor.
- Please remain muted until the instructor asks for questions. Questions can be entered into the chat or can be voiced out loud.
- Silence your phone, alarms, or any other distractions.
Please join us for Stepping On, a seven-week workshop series to learn important exercises and strategies to help prevent falls.
Building Confidence and Reducing Falls
What is Stepping On?
Stepping On is a program that has been researched and proven to reduce falls in older people.
It consists of a workshop that meets for two hours a week for seven weeks. Workshops are led by two trained Stepping On professionals who partner to provide participants with a quality adult learning environment. In addition, local guest experts provide information on exercise, vision, safety, and medications.
Fall prevention topics include:
- Simple and fun balance and strength training
- The role vision plays in keeping your balance
- How medications can contribute to falls
- Ways to keep from falling when out in your community
- What to look for in safe footwear
- How to eliminate falls hazards from your home
Why should I be concerned about falling?
Falling is very common; it can result in injury and shake your confidence. The threat of falling can be a barrier to safely doing all the things you want to do at home and in the community. That’s why preventing falls is critical to maintaining independence.
Fall injury statistics
- More than one-third of people age 65 or older fall each year
- Falls are the leading cause of hospitalizations due to injury among older adults
- 35 percent of people who fall become less active
- 40 percent of people who enter a nursing home had a fall in the prior 30 days
What Stepping On workshop participants had to say:
“When I’m walking I still think, ‘Lift your feet, walk heel-to-toe’. I have stopped falling outside! It has made me more aware of the way I walk.”
“Not only did we learn some things about preventing falls, but we had a good time doing it. It was really fun.”
Is this fall and injury prevention workshop for you?
Stepping On is designed specifically for anyone who:
- Is 65 or older
- Has had a fall in the past year or is fearful of falling
- Lives at home
- Does not have dementia
How do I register?
Next class begins in 2024. More information to come.
Stepping On is a seven-week, two hours per week, interdisciplinary workshop that covers fall prevention topics such as home safety, vision care, medications, safe footwear, community safety, and exercise. The exercises are aimed at increasing strength and balance. Stepping On has been shown to decrease falls by 31% in older adults.
Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention is an eight-week class series that meets one hour twice per week for a total of 16 class sessions. Modified tai chi programs reduce falls in older adults up to 49%.
Upcoming classes include:
Next class begins in 2024. More information to come.