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.
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.