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Clovis Counseling Center
(575) 762-0212
921 E 21st St
Clovis, NM
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Lemuel Orendain Granada, MD
(505) 763-3725
1821 Eastridge Dr
Clovis, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry, Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1952
Hospital
Hospital: Plains Reg Med Ctr, Clovis, Nm
Group Practice: Mental Health Resources Inc

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Cecilia A Carpio-LaCoursiere, MD
(505) 762-4473
1917 Saint Andrews Dr
Clovis, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Griffin Jan Phd
(505) 247-1851
217 Locust St NE
Albuquerque, NM
Industry
Psychologist

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Hopkins Paul Ed Min Lpcc
(505) 842-5300
1101 Medical Arts Ave NE Bldg 3
Albuquerque, NM
Industry
Psychologist

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John D Bailey, DO
(505) 784-3658
7704 Oklahoma Ct
Clovis, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nova Se Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Ft Lauderdale Fl 33328
Graduation Year: 1986

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Clare Elizabeth Arth, MD
(505) 769-2345
PO Box 5398
Clovis, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1987

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Carol Frank Ma Lm Hc Rn Bsn
(505) 821-6056
6727 Academy Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM
Industry
Psychologist

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Koltuska-Haskin Barbara Phd Neuropsychologist
(505) 292-5003
11927 Menaul Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
Industry
Psychologist

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Vargas Jorge J Md
(575) 524-6834
1990 E Lohman Ave
Las Cruces, NM
Industry
Osteopath (DO), Psychologist

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How Can Sports Psychology Help Athletes?


by Patrick J. Cohn, Ph.D.

The question you need to ask yourself is this: Am I performing up to my capability? I'm sure you know some fellow athletes who have "great talent" or physical skills, but haven't played up to their potential. One of the myths athletes buy into is that you first must develop "perfect" technique or knowledge about ones sport before you can work on the so-called mental game. But, from my perspective, you cannot separate the mental from the physical when it comes to motor skills. Decisions, thoughts, images, and feelings set up each action you take. Sports psychology helps athletes develop confidence and focusing skills as they master the technical aspects of the game. Athletes often ask me this question: "How do I know when a poor performance or error is a physical or a mental problem?" From my experience, here are a few hints that it may be a mental breakdown:

1. You perform much better in practice than during competition

2. You have a tough time performing well when others are watching you

3. You maintain many doubts about your sport before or during games

4. You feel anxious or scared when you perform in competition

5. You are not sure why you play your sport or what motivates you

6. You only participate in sports to feel better about yourself as a person

7. You lose focus or have mental lapses during critical times of the game

8. You can't perform the way you did pre-injury, but are physically 100%

9. Everything is fine, but you just want to improve your mental attitude

Sports psychology sometimes get a bad reputation because of the association of psychology with pathology. That is why I prefer to call what I do mental game coaching or mental training, which athletes understand. Mental game coaching is for athletes who want to improve upon their current performance and take their games to the next level with the help of a mental coach like myself.

But most athletes, unfortunately, seek out my services because of an particular performance barrier or decrease in performance. As a mental game coach, I often become the last resort after athletes have tried other means to get beyond performance slumps. I wish it wasn't this way, but athletes wait until some needs to be "fixed" and they have exhausted all other resources before they commit to mental game coaching.

How can sport psychology help you perform better? Here is the most obvious list:

1. Improve focus and deal with distractions.

2. Grow confidence in athletes who have many doubts.

3. Develop coping skills to deal with setbacks and errors.

4. Find the right zone of intensity for your sport.

5. Help teams develop communication skills and cohesion.

6. To instill a healthy belief system and weed out irrational thoughts.

7. Improve and balance motivation for optimal performance.

8. Get back into competition after an injury is healed fully.

9. To develop game-specific strategies and game plans.

10. To identify and enter t...

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