“ I have received very positive feedback from my swimmers who have worked on their mental preparation with Mario.
The competition results for those swimmers who practiced and implemented his relaxation and focusing strategies were very good.”
Youth Coach London Aquatic Club
“ Mario, a big thank you for the clinic last night. It was exceptional and
I'm more motivated than ever for Sunday's Marathon. Energy Management,
Energy Management, Energy Management...this will be my mantra for Sunday as
I have a history of starting out too fast and paying the price in the last
third of the race. Thank you again.”
First time Marathoner
“ I wish I had learned these mental skills ten years ago.”
Mario encourages athletes to keep a journal. He also recommends that the younger ones adorn the covers with pictures reflecting their dreams for their sport.
"If I knew four years ago what I learned this morning I'd be coaching in the OHL today".
Amateur Hockey Coach
Mario offering advice in support of Rick Hansen at
Rick’s first annual “Wheels in Motion” event.
Mental factors play a major role in determining success in sports and the performing arts.
Whether you aspire to reach higher levels, win a scholarship or are involved just for fun, the Performance Enhancement Centre provides the opportunity to learn the mental skills and performance strategies used by successful athletes and performing artists.
Focus of Training Sessions
Thought Control ... to remain focused and free of distractions
Arousal Management ... to handle nervousness and regulate levels of excitement
Coping Strategies ... to deal with high level competition, losses, fatigue and injuries
Imagery ... to improve the acquisition and execution of skills and build self-confidence
In this training picture rollover series
James is learning to
GET INTO IMAGERY, CONTROL EMOTIONS THROUGH BREATHING, RELEASE MUSCULAR TENSION, WRITE AFFIRMATIONS,
‘PUT IT ALL TOGETHER’ AND, of course... at the end of the session - BRIM WITH CONFIDENCE!
Goal Setting ... to set goals that work, help sustain motivation, and build self-confidence
Resilience ... to rebound from mistakes, failures, disappointments and injuries
Anger Management ... to maintain emotional control and remain focused in the presence of frustration
Injury Rehabilitation... to recover faster from injuries, maintain self confidence and be better prepared psychologically to return to competition
Preparation Strategies ... for key events and high level or major competitions
Types of Training
Intensive Training Program
This intensive program offers comprehensive training in all of the basic mental skills and strategies used to enhance performance and compete successfully at the highest levels.
Sessions are held once a week and are a mixture of lecture, discussion, demonstration and practice.
Specific mental skills are assessed through questionnaires and the results used for goal setting and skill development.
Home assignments are given and practice of newly learned skills and strategies is expected between sessions.
Specialized Clinics and Workshops
Specialized Clinics are also offered in relation to the mental side of competing in different sports e.g., Golf, Curling, Hockey, Soccer, Triathalons and Marathons.
Workshops on Basic Mental Toughness are available for individuals and teams in different sports.
Advanced workshops in Mental Toughness are also available.
The Basic and Advanced Workshops involve two 1 1/2 hrs sessions held in the evenings or on weekends.
Mental Toughness Training For Hockey Players
Mario and the Ray McKay Hockey School co-sponsor a basic course in Mental Toughness each year.
Most players who’ve taken the course report they are applying the mental skills learned and say they want to learn more.
Here are but a few examples of what some have said after taking the course.
I would like to take this chance to thank you for teaching me the techniques of imagery, affirmations, belly breathing etc.
The course has helped me improve different areas of my game dramatically. Not only has it helped me in hockey and baseball,
it has helped me increase my grades in school. I am greatly looking forward to taking the course again next year."
Defence, Age 11
"It would be nice if the rest of my team had the opportunity to take your course in the future"
Defence, Age 14
"I wish this had been shown or taught to me earlier in my sports career"