WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT
There are approximately 400,000 NCAA student athletes competing each year, and 5 to 7 million high school student athletes involved in competitive interscholastic sports. Data suggests that athletes are far from immune to depression, anxiety, and behavioral disorders.
Injured Athletes studied report mental health issues.
Athletes studied showed clinically elevated depression after performance.
Injured Athletes studied experienced behavioral/mood disorders.
Additionally, every emotion triggers a physiological response which may impede performance and lead to injury. Mindfulness practices and yoga movements can help prevent burnout and improve athletic performance.
The Inner Athlete Program is a comprehensive, simple program that coaches and trainers will be trained and certified in to gain the knowledge, skills, and tools to enhance athletes’ physical, mental, and emotional well-being. This program is designed to implement seamlessly into the everyday training, language, and culture of the team.
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Coaches will learn specific breathing exercises, along with how, why, and when to use them. These breathing techniques allow athletes to respond vs. react, self-regulate, have better focus and concentration, help improve cardio vascular capacity, and strengthen internal core muscles.
Coaches will become proficient in teaching yoga-based movements and different ways to implement them into their training. These movements help release physical and emotional stress within the body, and help heal and prevent injuries through strength and flexibility.
Coaches will learn specific techniques which will allow athletes to quiet their minds, become engaged in the present moment, and reset their minds to promote positive thought and intention. These techniques can help elevate performance and navigate day to day life.
Coaches will learn specific relaxation techniques, along with how, why, and when to use them. The practice of relaxation can help reduce anxiety, increase blood flow, and improve cognitive function.
Coaches will be given topics of discussion as a tool to shift the athletes' perspective in and outside of their sport. Shifting perspective will allow athletes to deal with stress in a more positive way, and be able to respond vs. react.
Coaches will be provided information on how to enhance the team environment for optimal camaraderie and performance.
Coaches will receive extensive training over the course of five days.
Coaches will receive a certificate indicating their completion of the Inner Athlete Mindfulness Program
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