On this episode of Smart Coaching, host Keith Grabowski and University of Denver sport coaching professors, Dr. Brian Gearity and Dr. Clayton Kuklick dig into a very relevant topic, the midseason slump. Most programs are at the midseason point. Regardless of where a team is in the standings, they must be cautious of morale wavering during a long season. Slumps are natural, and the professors point out what can factor into those slumps and how to properly identify slump-like behavior, as well as tips and strategies to avoid them or pull out of them.
01:00 Where can we slump
02:25 Academic idea of slumps
02:50 Definition of a slump
04:40 Are there triggers for a slump?
05:45 Different causes of slump
07:10 Practical ways to prevent slumps
08:10 Visualization and self-talk
09:12 Identify the cause
11:40 Involve experts
13:00 Hidden causes
14:00 Involve the team and look outside your team
15:20 Team cohesion affecting slumps
16:40 Keep working the plan
17:06 Doing things regularly and constantly
21:45 Keith talks about a restart
24:15 Start with focus on the process
26:15 Final thoughts
27:02 Enjoying the process
28:10 Athlete performance variations
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