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Hurt Bridget Psy D
(573) 776-6236
907 N Main St
Poplar Bluff, MO
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Psychologist

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Southern Missouri Sleep Center
(573) 727-9661
922 N Westwood Blvd
Poplar Bluff, MO
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Psychologist

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Ravdeep Singh Khanuja, MD
(573) 686-1200
5716 Lake Shore Dr
Poplar Bluff, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Armed Forces Med Coll, Univ Of Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1994

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Radu-Horia S Teodorescu, MD
(573) 778-7184
686 Lester St Fl 3
Poplar Bluff, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst De Med Si Farm, Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania
Graduation Year: 1996

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Stephen Garnell Poplar, MD
1879 N Westwood Blvd
Poplar Bluff, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 2001

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Clinical Assessment & Psychological Services
(573) 778-0705
1906 Greenwood Dr
Poplar Bluff, MO
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Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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R William Barron, MD
(858) 550-0979
2210 Barron Rd
Poplar Bluff, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1981

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Talia Ehrari Haiderzad, MD
2317 Perkins Dr
Poplar Bluff, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Avicenna State Med Inst Of Kabul, Fac Of Med, Kabul, Afghanistan
Graduation Year: 1975

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Jerry Lewis Wessel, MD
(636) 686-2411
686 Lester St
Poplar Bluff, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1964

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John Elgin Wilkaitis, MD
(573) 686-8336
621 W Pine St
Poplar Bluff, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 2000

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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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