Mindful Sport Performance Podcast

Mindful Sport Performance Podcast

Drs. Keith Kaufman and Tim Pineau (along with Dr. Carol Glass) developed the Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE) mental training program and founded the MSPE Institute, which provides training and consultation to promote greater success, satisfaction, and well-being in sport and other realms of performance (e.g., performing arts, business). In this podcast, Keith and Tim discuss various topics related to mental training, mindfulness, peak performance, and optimal experience for a wide range of performers -- from recreational to elite, kids to adults. They offer practical tips and exercises from their own work, and interview other top-level experts to highlight effective approaches to performance enhancement. The Mindful Sport Performance Podcast will give listeners a full catalogue of fresh ideas on how to thrive in competitive environments and embrace a more mindful way of being. Get in touch with Keith and Tim at MSPEPodcast@gmail.com... Show More

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July 31, 2020 40 min

In this episode, Steve Ward, a high-performance coach and author who specializes in training traders, fund managers, and bankers, joins the conversation. Steve begins by leading an "observer of self" meditation and then talks with Keith and Tim about how he integrates mindfulness into his work with high-stakes, high-adrenaline decision makers.

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In this episode, former MLB catcher and current Chicago Cubs Head Applied Mental Skills Coach, John Baker, joins the conversation. John begins with an awareness of the body meditation. He then talks with Keith and Tim about his journey from MLB player to mental skills coach, and how he's integrated mindfulness into his life and his work with the Cubs organization.

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In this episode, Amy Spencer and Greg Clarke of the Southampton Football Club psychology staff join the conversation. Greg begins with a mindful breathing exercise, and then they chat with Keith and Tim about their unique paths to incorporating mindfulness into their work and how they've integrated MSPE into their Premier League academy system. 

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In this episode, Dr. Dan Zimet, a clinical sport psychologist and national masters champion in handball, joins the conversation. Dan begins by describing a favorite mindfulness exercise that combines breathing and stretching. He then explores with Keith and Tim the challenges of quiet moments with oneself, impacts on his work of being both a psychologist and an athlete, creative strategies for establishing a mindfulness practice, i...

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Tim leads a compassion meditation and then Marymount University Head Women's Lacrosse Coach Kate Athing joins the conversation. Her teams have worked with Tim (or Dr. P as her team refers to him) on Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE) for five years. In this episode, Kate reflects on the benefits and challenges of introducing mindfulness to teams, the pursuit of coaching the whole athlete, and shifting her team's c...

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May 20, 2020 38 min

In this pilot episode, Drs. Keith Kaufman and Tim Pineau discuss their journeys to studying and applying mindfulness in sport, and the development of the Mindful Sport Performance Enhancement (MSPE) program.  Tim leads a short breathing meditation exercise, and they explore the trainability of mindfulness, as well as its potential for managing anxiety, confidence, and attention during performances.

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