The Greatest Sports Phenom You’ve Never Heard Of

January 3rd, 2011

By Dr. Jim Taylor Have you heard the name Mikaela Shiffrin? Not likely, unless you’re a big fan of alpine ski racing, a sport that only grabs America’s attention every four years during the Winter Olympics. Over the last decade, alpine ski racers have gotten their fair share of media coverage, thanks to the gold […]


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Sports: The Power of Emotions

November 25th, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor At the top of the Prime Sport Pyramid sits emotions. It’s closest to the top of the pyramid because emotions will ultimately dictate how you perform throughout a competition. Emotions during a competition can cover the spectrum from excitement and elation to frustration, anger, and disappointment. Emotions are often strong and, […]


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Parenting: Q & A with Dr. Jim

November 18th, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor Not long ago, I was posed four questions by a parenting magazine that I thought readers of Kids & Culture Alert! would find interesting. I’m afraid that I’ve turned my kids into “reward junkies” by praising, rewarding, and buying them gift constantly. I thought this would show them how much I […]


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Sports: Focus Control

September 3rd, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor Developing focus control is essential if you’re going to ensure that your focus style (as described in the July, 2010 issue of Prime Sport Alert!) helps rather than hurts your sports performance. There are several steps in the focus-control process. First, you have to identify your focus style and understand how […]


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Sports: Understanding Focus

July 14th, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor Focus is the most misunderstood mental factor among athletes. Most athletes think of focus as concentrating on one thing for a long time. In fact, a number of years ago, former Australian Open tennis champion Hana Mandlikova said that she improved her game by staring at a tennis ball for ten […]


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