Lemon Drop

Sport psychers… when you think about introducing imagery to a team do you think about lemons?  When you consider focus, do you photocopy a concentration grid?  These things are well and good, but are they really the best ways to develop mental toughness?

Imagining biting into a lemon is a nice introduction to sensory responses, but I’m convinced there are much better ways to help athletes make the most of the dynamic cognitive-emotional benefits of mental imagery.  There aren’t many lemons in locker rooms.

The Association for Applied Sport Psychology’s (AASP) annual conference is upon us.  In recent weeks, John Silva, founding father of the organization, suggested that the “A” dropped in 2007 from Triple-A SP is currently, truly missing – advancement.  There has been some incredible psychological, kinesiological, and educational research in the past decade, has practice in the field advanced with it?

The practice of sport psychology is the artful application of science.  Both artists and scientists are creative and continuous learners.  Lemons are not terribly creative nor a progression in learning.  It will be interesting to see this week how (and if) “advancement” in practice is alive and well in the trenches where sport psychology happens.

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2 Responses to “Lemon Drop”


  1. 1 drewtoby31234 October 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Good post! We still have a lot to find out about the human mind…

  2. 2 Shortcut Method October 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Sports Visualization is a very powerful tool to achieve your goals and fulfill your dreams. It is a tried and tested method not only used in sports but can be used in your everyday life as well.


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