Unlock the potential of your athletic performance with our groundbreaking course on The Science of Mindsets: Implications for Athletes. In the fiercely competitive world of sports, mental fortitude often separates champions from contenders. This course delves deep into the psychology behind mindsets, offering NEFC Boston athletes invaluable insights into harnessing the power of their thoughts and beliefs to optimize performance.

From cultivating resilience to enhancing focus and concentration, players and coaches will gain practical strategies to build a resilient mindset, grow their confidence, learn to overcome setbacks quickly and perform at their best under pressure.

Investing in your mental game is paramount to achieving excellence. We are excited for you to join us on this transformative journey and elevate your performance to new heights.


Tammy Darling, Ed.D.

Tammy Darling, Ed.D. is an optimistic educator, wellness practitioner, parent of two club sport athletes, and a mindset scholar. She has an M.A. in Psychology and is a certified Wellbeing Officer. Tammy believes in the power of psychology to reveal to us life worth living. Tammy has worked in high school classrooms for over two decades and knows the seismic changes in adolescents’ schedules. She has provided students with tools and resources to help close the gap between research and practical domains. These tools, grounded in psychology, can promote greater motivation, optimism, resilience, and energy.

Course Summary:

The course equips high-performing athletes with the knowledge and tools they need to develop an understanding of their mindsets. Mindsets are crucial in shaping an athlete’s motivation and confidence levels. By learning about the factors that influence mindset, athletes can develop strategies to cultivate a productive and resilient mindset essential for achieving peak performance and long-term success in sports and life.

Why is the content of this course important?

This course content is essential to build mental toughness; it is a critical attribute for high-performing athletes. High-performing athletes face immense pressure, competition, and setbacks. Understanding the science behind mindsets helps athletes develop skills to cope with challenges effectively. Mental distractions and negative self-talk can hinder an athlete’s performance. By understanding the science of mindsets, athletes can develop techniques to enhance focus, maintain concentration, stay mentally engaged during competition,  and perform at their best under pressure.

Goals for the learner:

 In this course, you will learn how to optimize your mental game by developing a greater awareness of how to build tiny habits into your player development to harness the power of your inner voice, apply your unique strengths, and learn strategies and tools to access to help you stay poised under pressure. You will develop greater self-awareness of your mindset about stress and learn how small changes in your mindset can empower you to elevate your performance.

Type of learner:

High-performance athletes — high school or collegiate.

Course logistics (time commitment):

This course will take you through six interactive multimedia lessons to optimize the dynamic relationship between mind and body. The introductory lesson invites you to create a learning plan that fits your schedule. Ideally, you could do a lesson a week or every other week. Each lesson asks for less than 45 minutes of your commitment and reflection. 

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