The Athlete CAFE

The Athlete CAFE

The Athlete C.A.F.E. features 4 former collegiate athlete Mental Performance Coaches discussing the importance of prioritizing your mental health. If you find yourself struggling with the mental challenges of your sport, you have come to the right place. We are aiming to provide insight, education, and experience to shed light on common topics to help athletes perform at their best mentally. Listen in if you are looking for tools and perspective on topics such as confidence, coping with mistakes, expectations, mindfulness, and so much more!

Episodes

May 17, 2024 43 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE has a special guest, Alyson Campell. She is an independent educational consultant with Estrela Consulting out of Hudson, Ohio. She works with high school students and families across the US with all parts of the college discernment and application process. She is a former athlete and coach as well. Alyson sheds light on topics such as time management, how to navigate the college recruiting process,...

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In this episode, The Athlete CAFE has a special guest, Gideon Goff! Fun fact, this is Abbie's husband! Gideon comes to us with his own coaching experience in gymnastics as well as experience in parkour. Today, Abbie and Gideon discuss finding your “thing” even if it is uncommon or against the grain, how to apply mental performance strategies to different situations, putting a name to your mental strengths so you can do them int...

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April 19, 2024 32 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE discusses the idea of Burnout. We discuss different warning signs, how to determine if you are balancing your schedule well, and different phases of burnout. We provide some helpful tips to manage burnout and make the most of your season!

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April 5, 2024 31 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE discusses various topics around women in sports. We talk about women in the sporting world we look up to, some struggles female athletes face, and how to potentially manage certain mindsets.

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In this episode, The Athlete CAFE defines the difference between mental health and mental performance. We discuss the difference between roles of performance coach and counselor (Credentials, schooling, background, etc). Finally, we discuss some different symptoms and where to find a professional. We hope to clear up any questions about the field of coaching and counseling!

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In this episode, The Athlete CAFE members, Michael and Braden, break down various parts of the 2024 Super Bowl. They discuss different mental aspects of plays throughout the game and give their perspectives on how to think through different scenarios.

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February 23, 2024 44 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE answers some of the most common questions we receive from our athletes, coaches, and parents. Feel free to listen and see if you answer any questions that you may personally think about. Comment below if there are any additional questions you have that we did not answer.

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February 9, 2024 37 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE discusses the topic of injuries. We talk about communication around injuries, the grief process when injured, and things you can do to continue to train while injured. Each member discusses some of their own experiences with injuries and how it affected their athletic careers.

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January 26, 2024 42 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE discusses and normalizes pre game jitters. We discuss hat pre-game jitters are and how to normalize those feelings to try and make them positive. We talk about the difference between pre-game jitters and anxiety and how to manage either of those feelings. Finally, we discuss how to find structure and routine to help manage those jitters.

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January 12, 2024 37 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE dives into some important aspects to think about when setting goals. We touch on the different types of goals, break down SMART goals, and give some examples and tips when beginning to set goals. Be creative and do not put pressure on yourself when setting goals!

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December 29, 2023 40 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE members recap their new year. We talk about big achievements at our business and in our personal lives. We touch on a few themes we each want to focus on in 2024 and we begin a discussion on how and what it means to set intentional goals for the new year.

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In this episode, The Athlete CAFE members discuss how to manage stress during finals week. We discuss how to understand all of your identities as a "student-athlete" and knowing what is most important to communicate during this time. We discuss time management during a stressful week. We provide some stress management techniques and self-care to apply that can be beneficial for anyone!

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December 1, 2023 35 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE provide some tips for coaches from a mental performance perspective. We touch on various aspects on communication, what it means to build good people not just good athletes, supporting through failure, how to model behavior, and so much more! We are sharing perspectives from our own coaching experiences as well as all the athletes we have worked with over time.

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November 20, 2023 30 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE members discuss how setting strict expectations for yourself can potentially hurt your performance. We define what expectations are and how they differ from goals. We discuss how expectations can add pressure when you are telling yourself the "I should's", "I have to's" and "I must's". Finally, we give some great tips and tools to use to help you understand...

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November 3, 2023 38 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE members discuss different aspects regarding self-talk and how it impacts our daily life and sports experience. We define what self talk is and the different forms that exist for it. We discuss how self-talk can differ before, during, or after competition. Finally, we discuss how a performance evaluation can be beneficial in the self-awareness around your performance and self-talk. We give some grea...

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In this episode, the Athlete CAFE provides different perspectives on Visualization and Mental Imagery. We explain what important aspects should be included in your process, how different visualization can look for every person, and shed some perspective on how it could be helpful to integrate into your daily routine. Keep an open mind and be honest with yourself on what could help you be successful!

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October 6, 2023 33 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE members discuss different aspects about the differences between individual and team sports. Each member on today's podcast shares a unique perspective based on their sports background. The members also dive into the dynamic differences between male and female sports. While this may seem self-explanatory, there is more to it than you think!

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September 22, 2023 78 mins

The Athlete CAFE would like to give a warm welcome to our first guest, Tim Mack!

Tim Mack was an 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist in Pole Vault. He started vaulting at age 13 and didn’t retire until he was 37 yrs old. He went to Saint Ignatius High School and was not recruited out of high school but continued his passion at Malone College and University of Tennessee where he earned his bachelor's and master's degree. At age 31 he...

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September 8, 2023 50 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE members discuss different aspects about deciding to play college sports and the recruiting process that followed. The mental performance coaches discuss what it was like when they actually got to college and how it felt throughout their careers. They also break down the differences in the DI, DII, and DIII college experiences athletically, socially, and academically. They give some great tips and t...

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August 25, 2023 40 mins

In this episode, The Athlete CAFE members share their stories on the biggest aspects surrounding the high school to college transition as athletes and students. We hope to educate listeners on understanding how to be okay with making changes on your path to figuring out life. Everyone touches on how they chose their colleges and what their thought processes were as they embarked on this new phase of life. We hope our honesty provid...

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