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Sports Psychology: Your Brain on Sports With Sam Sommers

sam sommer sports psychologyMental fitness; coach education

Do you ever wonder what your brain on sports looks like? Sam Sommers knows. He is the co-author of an excellent book by that title and a social psychologist at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

This is a fun but also useful interview with lots of practical ideas. Among numerous topics we cover: The Curse of the Expert: Why the best players make the worst coaches, and the frequent, often brutal turnover rates among head coaches at the top level professional sports.
sports psychology your brain on sports

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Topics: Sports psychology, brain science, mental fitness, mental toughness, coach development: Sports Psychology: Your brain on sports with Sam Sommers

1. Why the T-Shirt Cannon Has Something to Teach Us About Human Nature 2. Why Tom Brady and All Those Other Quarterbacks Are So Damned Good-Looking (or Are They?) 3. Why We Channel Our Inner Mayweather and Secretly Crave Disrespect 4. Why We Are All Dog Lovers at Heart (but Not Deep in Our Hearts) 5. Why Hockey Goons Would Rather Fight at Home 6. The Curse of the Expert: Why the Best Players Make the Worst Coaches 7. Acting on Impulse: Why We Aren’t So Different from the Sports Hothead (L-O-B, Crabtree!) 8. Why Athletes Don’t Need an Empty Bed Before Competition 9. Why the Coach’s Seat Is Always Hot 10. Why So Many Successful Ultra-Endurance Athletes Are Also Successful Recovering Addicts 11. Why Giving Every Little League Kid a Trophy Is Such a Lousy Idea 12. Why Rooting for the Mets Is Like Building That IKEA Desk 13. Why We Need Rivals 14. Why We Want Gronk at Our Backyard Barbecue —and Why He Wants to Be There 15. Tribal Warfare: Why the Agony of the Other Team’s Defeat Feels Just as Good as the Thrill of Our Team’s Victory 16. Why We Are All Comeback Kids 17. Why Running on a Treadmill Is Like Running a Business 18. Why the World Cup Doesn’t Lead to World Peace (Even If J. Lo and Pitbull Claim Otherwise) 19. Why Our Moral Compass Is More Flexible Than an Olympic Gymnast 20. Why Unlocking the Mystery of Human Consciousness Is —Like So Much Else in Life—All About Sports