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Possessing the right mind-set and relevant mental skills has long been considered vital in achieving top performances in all sports. And yet, to many riders mental fitness still remains something of an afterthought. In Perfect Mind: Perfect Ride, the author demonstrates how to develop and achieve the right kind of attitude, motivation and mental skills to make the most of the rider's abilities whether it be riding as a recreation or as a competitive sport. Horses are highly sensitive flight animals - they'll react first and ask questions, well, never...! In essence, this means that every time riders get on their horse, they need to be fully committed, aware and in control of their body, their thoughts and their emotions, in order to communicate with their horse in precisely the right kind of manner. The combination of research in the field of sport and performance psychology and real-life examples contained in this book will help readers identify with and understand different topics.Current scientific theories surrounding sport and performance psychology are translated into practice, allowing readers to fully understand why they think, feel and act the way they do - and what they need to do to change it. Hands-on advice on how to develop relevant attitudes and mental skills will make Perfect Mind: Perfect Ride an essential companion for the rider wanting to get more out of the sport.
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Table of Contents

Part 1: Attitudes that keep you going - Why sport psychology matters; Know who you are and believe in it; Defining your own success; Coping with adversity; Staying committed; You're not along; No excuses!Part 2: Mental skills to train your mind - Goal-setting; Managing stress; Focus; Self-talk; VisualisationPart 3: Preparing for competition - Start of the season; The weeks before; The day before; On the day; The day after

About the Author

Inga Wolframm holds an MSc in Human and Equine Sports Science and a PhD on psychological traits and states in equestrian riders from the University of Essex. Her research has featured in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences. An accredited sport psychologist, she works regularly with riders ranging from those at grassroots up to international level. She is a senior lecturer in equestrian sport psychology at the University of Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein in the Netherlands, as well as at the University of Edinburgh (via an e-learning course). Her academic text book The Science of Equestrian Sports: Theory, Practice and Performance of the Equestrian Rider was published in 2013 by Routledge. She has written articles for numerous publications including Horse Sport International, Horse & Hound, The Horse, Horse and Rider, Le Cheval, Cavallo and is a regular contributor to the Chris Stafford Radio podcast, a very popular show with more than 300,000 listeners.

Reviews

'Sports psychologist Inga Wolframm's latest book 'Perfect mind: Perfect ride', tackles all aspects of getting in the right mindset for riding'. Horse & Hound . "Perfect Mind: Perfect Ride' is a really interesting and comprehensive book. It's split into sections with chapters on how to stay committed, honing your mental skills and preparing for competition, there's lots of good, solid advice in here about how to overcome nerves and build a better bond with your your'. Horse & Countryside. 'Inga gives a great insight into why sports psychology is at the cutting edge of equestrian sport and has lots of inspiring examples of how top riders have used it to their advantage, plus techniques for you to use to improve your own performance. vital reading for all who compete!'. Fiona Price, Horse Hero Founder. 'Inga has written a new book, 'Perfect Mind: Perfect Ride', in which she shares many of the essential tools for preparing to be the best competitor you can be. While this title is aimed at equestrians the content applies to all sports and indeed many walks of life'. Chris Stafford, Women In Sport Podcast. 'A helpful guide to improving your attitude and mental skill, ridding yourself of any negative feelings or emotions you may have, helping you and your horse to give the best'. EQY Magazine

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