About 80% Mental

Welcome to Sports Are 80 Percent Mental! As Yogi Berra, longtime player/manager for the Yankees, so clearly articulated, “Baseball is 80% mental, and the other half is physical.”  While Yogi’s math was a little off, he captured the dual worlds of athletic performance.  Impressive size, strength and speed is helpful but not sufficient for getting young athletes to the next level of competition.  They need to be able to sense, perceive, process and react to the ever changing dynamics of a game to take advantage of their physical abilities.
How many times have you heard a coach or even a player blame a “mental mistake” for poor results? A base-running error, an unrecognized blitz or an imperfect pass originates in the athlete’s brain and ends with the wrong signals being sent to those well-conditioned muscles. Sports Are 80 Percent Mental was created in 2010 to study the latest cognitive science research for clues on how to improve an athlete’s brain processes, including vision, reaction, perception, pattern-recognition, learning, and decision making.   There’s over 250 science-based articles here to help you understand not only the brain but also to give you real world tips and tricks to improve your “sports cognition”.

About Me
After 15 years of focus on these topics, I have learned that the neuroscience community is only at the tip of the iceberg of understanding an athlete’s brain.  Still, there has been an enormous amount of progress during that time and my goal is to synthesize the current research from the lab into bite-size chunks that players, parents and coaches can use everyday.
What is a Sports Cognition Coach?
I work with teams and clubs at the youth, high school and college level to design cognitive assessment and training programs that supplement traditional sport coaching. 

These programs can include:
- Continuing education for coaches (and parents) on the latest cognitive and educational psychology research to understand how kids learn sports skills
- 15-minute cognitive assessments that identify an athlete's strengths and weaknesses
- Research, set-up and training of sport-specific cognition training methods, drills and environments
- Results tracking and measurement to show program ROI from better game performance
Please contact me anytime to discuss how these concepts and ideas can help your young athletes train their brains for better results. Thanks!
Dan Peterson
Sports Cognition Coach
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