Sunday, January 12, 2020

Tennis Seminar: Mental Toughness Training by Dr. Richard Cohen

Bulletpoint Summary of Key Points
*Mental toughness is 85% of tennis play.
*First weapon of mental toughness is Visualization: mental rehearsal of strokes and matches 
which decreases anxiety and improves stroke production. 
*Second weapon of mental toughness is Concentration: a laser focus on "staying in the here and now", meaning the point at hand, the moment in time and the current place or location. 
*Third weapon of mental toughness is Acceptance of Responsibility. Accept who you are as a player. Don't compare yourself to others but simply to your own goals.
*Control your emotion and aggression. (Tennis is "controlled aggression".)
*An obstacle in tennis play (sun, wind, bad line call, etc.) is a challenge to overcome, not an excuse for failure or surrender. 

*Every shot in tennis is a chance to start a good habit or continue a bad habit.
*Breathing technique: 4 seconds inhale, 6 seconds exhale.
*Success requires goal-setting (identify where you are and where you are going). Goals can be performance goals (match play objectives) or technical goals (strokes and swings).
*Important non-tennis activities for best performance are good nutrition and off-court training. 

*The most important mental game of a match is: first game of second set. It allows either the first-set winner to "get on a roll", or the first-set loser to get back into the match. 
*An important mental framework in tennis play is: high number of adjustment steps to the ball, and longer ball contact with racket strings.
*A critical mental skill for Return of Serve is "happy feet". 

*The best mindset for court play is: respect everyone; fear no one.
*The best philosophy is: "tennis is a sport for a lifetime" of learning and experience. 


Dr. Richard Cohen, Psychiatrist and decorated player and coach
Mental Toughness Seminar

Healthplex Tennis
Springfield, PA USA
January 9, 2020

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