Mental Health

How to Set Goals (And Achieve Them)

Goal setting can be incredibly empowering, but also upsetting when you end up not reaching them. Here are 7 ways to set achievable goals and to reach them.

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Survey of 4 NCAA Swimming Programs Reveal High Levels of Pre-Race Anxiety

The Survey, conducted by Olivier Poirier-Leroy, was conducted of 98 collegiate swimmers in 4 NCAA programs: 2 Division I and 2 Division II.

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Shout From the Stands: The Ubiquity of My Home

Ditching my hometown for the mean streets of New York had seemed so appealing months before. But as my time at home shrank, so did my excitement to leave.

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Fail Beautifully

What does it mean to “Fail Beautifully”? Isn’t failing bad? How can something you think is bad be beautiful? How can I fail and not get in trouble?

Embracing Defeat: You Either Win or You Learn

if you lose…it’s just an opportunity to go about it differently next time around. Always be prepared to learn… no matter what.

Living a Balanced Swim Life

Love your swimming, but remember you’re not just a swimmer. You’re a valuable, amazing human being that does swimming. It’s only part of your life.

Shouts from the Stands: What is Developing the WHOLE PERSON?

Coaches talk about developing not only the athlete, but the WHOLE PERSON. Have you ever sat back and thought about what that meant?

More Mental Health

Mindfulness for Athletes: How Mindfulness Can Lead to a Peak Performance

Mindfulness can have a powerful impact on your performance in many ways including strengthening focus, reducing anxiety and enhancing recovery…

Tennessee’s Banic Tabbed as Wilma Rudolph Award Winner

Tennessee’s Madeline Banic was named a 2019 Wilma Rudolph Award winner by the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals.

What Swimmers Can Do to Be More Focused at Practice

Being able to control your focus means you are going to swim with better technique, get more enjoyment from the process, and ultimately, swim faster. Here’s the swimmer’s guide to being a focus machine at the pool.

Mental Toughness: The Mike Burton Story

Mental toughness is necessary to become a swimming champion, as it is in any sport. Some are born with it. Others must learn how to get it.

Shouts From the Stands: The Gift of Water

Is it possible for something to completely break you as an athlete, but than later provide physical healing, mental therapy, personal acceptance and extreme gratitude for the sport? It took almost 25 years, but yes, swimming has done just that.

We Rise By Lifting Others

I am less than two weeks away from graduating college. I miss swimming a lot, but I truly feel the good it brought me every day.

Shouts From the Stands: One Second Too Slow

We’ve all been there: months of dreaming, hours of training, and an absurd amount of meticulous planning for the day when you meet that coveted qualifying standard. And then you don’t.

What Time Taught Me About Living in the Present

It has been just over five years since my life changed forever and I have spent so much time trying make sense of what I was supposed to learn from my back injury that ended my collegiate athletic career.

Shouts From the Stands: Tidy Up for Championship Season

Tidy up where you can. Make a little mental space for good thoughts and great swims.

Getting Mentally Prepared for Championship Meets

Championship Meets are the most important meets of any season, and getting yourself into the right frame of mind going into them is absolutely crucial to performing your best.

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