Blog: 23 • Studying for Sport

The below 31 minute compilation of audio notes, from Professor (Prof.) Claude Olney’s superb Where there’s a will, there’s an “A” video series, will help those students who are motivated to fortify their study skills.


I’d be remiss if academic study strategies were left out of this High Performance Training system.  To that end, over 72 academic study strategies are given in the first 6 minutes of the above video.  Not only does Prof. Olney recommend strategies for college students, he also suggests study ways & means for high school plus middle school students in the second & third segments above.

This information was first brought to my attention way back in high school when this video series was heavily marketed.  Then, in college, I noticed the same sort of commercials being played on television.  To my demise, I did not recognize the benefit of these techniques until later on in life when I began to teach students the finer points of wrestling as a coach at the U.S. Olympic Education Center.

Not only did I recommend these academic study strategies to the student athletes I was coaching, this same information was also given to my children as they entered middle school.  I also use many of the study strategies, techniques, & tactics to this day whenever it is a must that I learn, master, & apply most principles I must teach.

If only you use 1 of the techniques that Prof. Olney recommends, you will be more effective regarding building your base of a High Performance Training game plan.

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Blog 22: CST • Self-Talk

This first discussion about self-talk covers the basics.  This video will assist athletes, coaches to become more aware of how to consistently & productively apply this fundamental psychological skill.

One way to think of self-talk is to use either of the next terms in place of self-talk: self-coaching or self-instructing.  With these two terms, it may be more clear on how or what you might say to yourself.  Most effective coaches & instructors give very precise phrases or words while teaching and/or motivating.

Another term that is equally similar could be self-teaching.  This term suggests that you might be teaching yourself how to do or act or be.  This could mean what you are teaching yourself, through your own words, will have an impact on your next thought or action.

Finally, self-talk can either be spoken aloud or mentally.  How you use your self-talk is going to be up to you.  It may make sense to practice both ways to see which is more effective for you.

The above video gives you many suggestions and recommendations that will likely be productive if you believe they will work – and you work them.  You will become better at most things in life if you have a very effective plan – and you act on the plan i.e. you execute the plan.

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Blog 21: High Performance Training II Day 4: Peaking & Tapering

In this video learn how to help athletes psychologically and physiologically consistently become ready to have their best athletic performances based on the annual plan.

Excerpt from Coaching Wrestling in the 21st Century

This term helps athletes psychologically and physiologically become ready to have their best athletic performances based on the annual plan. Simply put, athletes will peak for competitions in a high performance training plan that is based on a periodization of training model. This means that you as coach must implement plans that monitor training and taper athletes at the right time so they are rested, fit, and mentally ready.

Tapering, a form of recovery, implies reducing the amount of training volume over several weeks (or a month) while also enhancing or maintaining fitness. Here’s an example of reducing volume of training in a mesocycle via a taper:

Mesocycle III taper example
Week 1 live wrestling in minutes: 57
Week 2 live wrestling in minutes: 45
Week 3 live wrestling in minutes: 36
Week 4 live wrestling in minutes: 30

Note: the live wrestling in minutes is the total volume for each week.

Tapering is similar to a recovery week except that it is a longer time period of reducing the volume of training in a progressively, exponential manner. The idea behind the taper is to reduce the fatigue built up from a high performance training plan while also maintaining or increasing fitness. When this is done, a peak in performance is possible because the fatigue from months of training has been reduced based on the fitness fatigue theory.

Because most wrestling teams compete weekly, if not by-weekly, it is difficult to peak for every competition. So, one alternative is to train through many tournaments or competitions and peak for a select few competitions. This implies tapering likely 3-4 times per year so fitness is not diminished significantly. If coaches taper more than 3-4 times per year, it is unlikely the athletes will peak that many times due to variables like under-recovery, reduced amounts of training/fitness, psychological fatigue, and too many competitions.

Another alternative is to have “real” competitions once per month or so and have training matches in the wrestling room. Training matches allow for a high performance training model that minimizes fatigue and maximizes training. The result of focussing on peaking and tapering athletes for 3-4 competitions per year allows the athletes enough time between each event to fully recover and be extremely motivated for state, national, and international competitions. I had success with this alternative at the USOEC where many of my athletes went on to win championship medals at all levels nationally and internationally.

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Blog 20: HPT-PST Day 6: Advanced Energy Management

Emotional intelligence, emotional control, & emotional discipline are all forms of managing your energy.  When this energy management skill is applied consistently, you control your destiny.  The below video gives you more ways & means to apply the skill of energy management.

In the above video, 2 strategies are given to help you or anyone productively deal with the anxiety, nervousness, and/or real or imagined anxiety or nervousness at a compettion:

  1. Self-talk example with imagery
  2. Self-talk with written down goals & review

These examples will help if the intention of a motivated user is to get help, overcome their fears (anxiety or nervousness) and used consistently.

The challenge I have witnessed, is many athletes try a strategy after practicing it maybe 1-2 times and expect their collective fears to be solved.  As is pointed out in How to use EGWF, many consistent hours of practice time must be applied to actually become better or closer to an expert in most endeavors.  Think about tying your shoe or learning to ride a bike or doing most anything with your non-dominant hand.  In the last example(s) you may have began to see that many things worthwhile take time, effort, & persistency to master, learn, or apply.

Ultimately, all of the High Performance Training strategies may work if you or I want them to work, are motivated for positive/productive change, & use them consistently.

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