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Dr. Pete masterfully outlines how players can create a competitive edge for themselves by intelligently and systematically improving the mental aspect of their game.
I see an obvious improvement in my performance, my confidence, and my contribution to the team. Thank you, Dr. Pete!
What Dr. Pete Temple has done throughout his career working with athletes, and now shares in his book, is to recognize and advocate for the importance of the mental game.
Mike and Mary Ellen Santacaterina
Dr Temple does a terrific job of providing practical tools that all athletes can use to improve their mental game. Of course, most athletes focus their energies on the physical side of training, but don’t have an approach for mental training. Dr Temple provides the blueprint for creating mental skills that will enhance their athletic capability. Beyond athletes, I would encourage any coach or parent of an athlete to get this book. It will provide a new and unique perspective of how to help our athletes improve.
Such a great book! Full of good advice and ideas to help your mental game no matter whether you are an athlete or not. Profound wisdom to help everyone in their daily journey! My 15 yr old son is reading it now!
Our son told us his coach said he needed to work on his mental toughness if he wanted to play at the next level. When we asked the coach how to help him with that he just talked about being “more confident” and “less emotional”. We were confused and frustrated. Then we found this book. Playing in the Box presents the mental game as something that can be understood and practiced. The Mental ToolBOX chapter is helpful because it gave our son exercises and strategies he can use to develop the mental mechanics in the book. He is playing with more confidence and having more fun! (And we learned how to better support him!)
As a career educator and observer of performers in the arts and sports, I would highly recommend this well-written, easily applicable and encouraging guide to developing performers of any age and all those who care about them.
Jerry Lynn Cox
Athletes work hard in practice, putting in the time and the grind, but when it comes to game time, sometimes they miss the mark. They know they’re capable of more—and their coaches and trainers know it, too—but when the lights are on them, and the pressure rises, they often underperform.
The truth is, physical training is only one part of any athlete’s game. The mental game is just as important, yet in young athletes, mindset is almost never a focus in development and practice—and it’s costing them results.
In Playing in the Box, renowned sports psychologist Dr. Pete Temple describes how young athletes can use simple mental exercises to relax, improve, and achieve their goals on and off the field or court. If you’ve ever struggled in competition, Dr. Temple’s practical approach will help you develop confidence, drive, and resilience, so you can bounce back from setbacks, relax when the game gets tense, and reach your full potential.
About the Author
Dr. Pete Temple, the founder of Mind’s Eye Sports Performance in Geneva, Illinois, has worked as a clinical psychologist for over 20 years, with a focus on sports psychology. He works with athletes at all levels, from the eighth grade to the professional ranks. He is also on the Board of Advisors for The Right Profile, which assesses athletes for a wide variety of professional sports teams. He has a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and a doctorate, with honors, from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. A former college quarterback, Temple is married with two adult children.