Success in curling demands outstanding skill and strategy, but getting and keeping the champion's edge requires even more. Exceptional psychological skill is imperative. Ask the experts.
In Smart Curling, champion Vera Pezer uncovers these secrets for those who are committed to curling excellence. Winner of countless championships, she knows all about "hurrying hard" while keeping her cool to win. From the perspective of competitor and that of sports psychologist, Pezer illustrates how to maximize motivation and concentration while effectively managing stress and distractions. She teaches about self regulators and confidence and outlines the relationship between practice and competition. She helps players understand and practice excellent communication - verbal and nonverbal. And she outlines team dynamics to understand and work with the various personalities and roles of team members and coaches.
Loads of examples and illustrations elucidate the sound theory in Smart Curling while its worksheets (downloadable from the internet) are designed to help players complete the exercises required to perfect their game through mental training.
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Vera Pezer, Ph.D, is a four-time Canadian Curling Champion as well as a Scott Tournament of Hearts and Olympic Curling Coach. She is also the author of The Stone Age: A Social History of Curling on the Prairies. She received a Ph.D in sports psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and lives in Saskatoon where she assists athletes from numerous fields with mental training and strategy. Among her many honours, Pezer has been inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.