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At this time there isn’t a predictable date for athletes to return to training, or reconnecting with their teams. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, we are waiting for the trajectory curve of the virus spread to drop before entertaining the thought of returning to some degree of normality in general. A recent Q & A by Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors with Dr. Fauci is a resource that offered the public an opportunity to have some of their general Covid-19 questions answered. Hopefully there will continue to be ongoing detailed and relatable interviews with knowledgeable health experts that continue to provide an intelligent road forward through this pandemic.

In the meantime athletes can productively utilize this gap time to start or improve upon their mental performance skills. For athletes beginning to learn about the mental training process I recommend two classics by Terry Orlick,

PhD.  1) “In Pursuit of Excellence – How to win in sport & life through mental training.”

2)  “Psyching for Sport – mental training for athletes.”

Both books are excellent reads to begin steps towards developing a mental skills platform to your training. This doesn’t substitute for being with your  team or returning to your practice environment but it is a form of action that is within your control that can provide benefits going forward. Use your time well.

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