DON'T PRACTICE TILL YOU GET IT RIGHT......PRACTICE TILL YOU CAN'T GET IT WRONG.

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PERFORMING WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE ON & THE STADIUM IS PACKED...

FEAR OF FAILURE & PERFORMANCE ANXIETY IN SPORTS: FIGHT OR FLIGHT

PRESSURE & EXPECTATIONS ARE SOMETHING WE  DEAL WITH IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES. COACHES EXPECT PERFORMANCE ON GAMEDAY, TEACHERS EXPECT RESULTS IN THE CLASSROOM, OUR CHILDREN EXPECT US TO FULFILL OUR OBLIGATIONS TO FAMILY AND COMMUNITY. AND FINALLY OUR  MANAGER SETS EXPECTATIONS ON JOB PERFORMANCE.  

PREPARATION IS ONE PART OF THE PUZZLE.  A DETAILED PLAN OF PREPARATION WILL CERTAINLY LAY THE GROUNDWORK TO SUCCESSFULLY PERFORM THE TASK AT HAND.

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT RIGHT?  "ONLY PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT"  WERE WORDS UTTERED BY  THE GREAT COACH VINCE LOMBARDI  OF THE GREEN BAY PACKERS. FUNDAMENTALS & MECHANICS PRACTICED PROPERLY ON A REPETITIVE BASIS WILL
ESTABLISH MUSCLE MEMORY INSTRUMENTAL IN ATHLETIC SUCCESS.....RIGHT?

WE HAVE ALL SEEN IT BEFORE:  GAME ON THE LINE,  5 SECONDS LEFT,  65,000 SCREAMING FANS, 35 YARD FIELD GOAL,  AND A CHANCE TO BE THE HERO OR THE GOAT. WHY DO SOME KICKERS RISE TO THE OCCASION WHILE OTHERS FLAT OUT  "CHOKE?"  NOBODY ENTERS THE GAME WITH A DESIRE TO FAIL, BUT THEIR MENTAL PREPARATION IN THE MOMENTS JUST PRIOR TO THEIR TASK COULD  PROFOUNDLY DICTATE THEIR SUCCESS OR FAILURE.  HOW CAN WE OVERCOME THE FEARS OR ANXIETY THAT PLAGUE US DURING OUR MOST INTENSE MOMENT...?  

THE MENTAL APPROACH TO SPORTS PERFORMANCE

MEET GREG CHERTOK......"MASTER MECHANIC OF THE MIND!"

GREG CHERTOK, - AASP-CC, M.Ed. IS THE DIRECTOR OF MENTAL TRAINING AT COURTSENSE, A HIGH PERFORMANCE JUNIOR TENNIS ACADEMY IN BERGEN COUNTY NJ.  GREG CURRENTLY HOLDS ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS WITH THE DEPARTMENTS OF PSYCHOLOGY AT DOMINICAN COLLEGE IN ORANGEBURG, NY AND SETON HALL UNIVERSITY IN SOUTH ORANGE, NJ, AND IS THE FOUNDER OF CHERTOCK PERFORMANCE CONSULTING BASED IN NEW YORK.  

GREG HAS GIVEN SEMINARS & WORKSHOPS TO COACHES, PARENTS, YOUTH, PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES, SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS, STANLEY CUP PARTICIPANTS, JUNIOR OLYMPIANS AS WELL AS OLYMPIC ATHLETES FROM EVERY WALK OF LIFE.

HE HAS PRESENTED AT PRE-NFL COMBINE TRAINING SESSIONS, THE USA HOCKEY COACHES CONVENTION, ENGLEWOOD HOSPITAL'S PEDIATRIC DEPARTMENT, DAANJ (DIRECTORS OF ATHLETICS ASSOCIATION OF NJ) ANNUAL CONFERENCE, SPORTS MEDICINE SYMPOSIUMS, AND SPORT PSYCHOLOGY CONFERENCES AT THE REGIONAL AND NATIONAL LEVELS.  

GREG IS A CAPTAIN OF THE PSYCHING TEAM FOR THE NEW YORK CITY MARATHON, AS WELL AS BEING AN EXPERT MEDIA SOURCE FOR REUTERS, ESPN.COM, WALL STREET JOURNAL, SPORTING KID MAGAZINE, MUSCLE & FITNESS AMONG OTHERS.  

GREG RECEIVED HI B.A. IN PSYCHOLOGY AT TUFTS UNIVERSITY, AND HIS M.Ed IN COUNSELING SPECIALIZING IN SPORTS & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY IN 2007.  WHILE AT TUFTS, HE CAPTAINED THE BASEBALL TEAM AND FINISHED HIS CAREER AS AN ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC REGIONAL ALL AMERICAN AND A NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE ALL-STAR.  HE CURRENTLY CO-OWNS AND OPERATES A YOUTH SUMMER SPORTS ACADEMY CALLED PITCH BY PITCH BASEBALL AND SPORTS CAMPS IN NEW YORK.  HE IS A CERTIFIED CONSULTANT THROUGH THE ASSOCIATION FOR APPLIED SPORT PSYCHOLOGY AS WELL AS A PERSONAL FITNESS TRAINER. 


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