Episode #41: Do You Know Your Athlete’s Triggers?

What You’ll Hear in Today’s 15-Minute Huddle:

Do you know your athlete’s triggers? What makes them anxious? Are you saying or doing things that actually hurt them when your intentions are to help?

In today’s huddle, I talk with Teisha Womack, who played college basketball at Seton Hall and then professionally in Poland. She went on to get her Master’s Degree in Sports Psychology and now works with athletes on improving their mental skills.

Teisha and I discuss…

  • Who she is, what she does and why she does it.
  • How her “nervous energy” as a teenager affected her as an athlete and how, even though she did well, she struggled with the anxiety.
  • How her brain would shut down once she reached a level that was “unknown” to her and how this might be happening to your athlete, too.
  • How we think becomes our behavior and can lead to physical injury if we are not thinking right.
  • How important the mental skills game is and how most kids don’t even know it’s a thing that can be worked on.
  • The concerns when an injury occurs and how to handle the mental recovery while physically recovering and how a self-talk log can help your athlete.
  • The mind and body connection and why building awareness is the first step and how to get in touch with your athletes “triggers” so that you don’t make the situation worse for them.

BIO:

Meet Teisha Womack, Mental Coach

Noteisha also is known as Teisha is a native of Washington D.C. and received a full scholarship to Seton Hall University. After graduating from College Teisha played a season overseas in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

She received her Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology from John F. Kennedy University. She has beyond 12 years of teaching experience working with the youth, which includes coaching basketball, camp counseling, a middle school classroom teacher and mentoring experience.

She appeared on The Right Side Forum with Armstrong Williams in 2016 discussing whether collegiate athletes are being exploited or rewarded.

She is also a published writer for Stack Sports (Stack.com) addressing Lifestyle and Sport Psychology.

Links & References:

Please check out Teisha’s website at Athlete Unbothered

Instagram @be_unbothered

Twitter @be_unbothered

CONTINUE THE HUDDLE

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