Butler Adds Mental Training

October 4, 2017

Butler University has incorporated mental training into its lineup for student-athletes. The athletic department brings in two sports psychologists to work with athletes off the field.

“It was initiated by our athletic administration,” Ryan Galloy, director of sports medicine at Butler University, told The Butler Collegian. “Things are a lot different in Butler athletics than they were in 2006. We are always looking for the next best things we can do for our student athletes and mental health is a big initiative by the NCAA and we want to be in line with that as an athletic department.”

The two sports psychologists typically schedule appointments on campus once a week to work with student-athletes. They focus mostly on journaling and visualizing to help both on and off the field.

“There are many stressors and pressures that come along with being a student-athlete,” Dr. Kacey Oiness, sport and performance psychologist at St. Vincent Sports Performance, told The Butler Collegian in an email. “And it is hard, if not impossible, to meet all the demands if athletes are not in a mentally healthy place. Just as athletes focus on building physical strength and maintaining physical health, our goal is to do the same on the mental side: assist in building mental strength/’muscle’ in order to assist them in being able to achieve their peak performance athletically and academically.”

This translates to reflecting on thoughts in a journal to put the day in a positive light, and spending 15 minutes each day “putting thoughts into a shoe box.” This is paired with focusing on breathing and visualization exercises that bring the action of the game to mind.

“I wanted to see how I could get better mentally,” Joey Lindstrom, a redshirt freshman quarterback, told The Butler Collegian. “Sports are 90 percent mental, the four inches between your ears is the biggest part of your game. I wanted a way to get internally focused with myself so I could become a better athlete.”

SEARCH for Products
SEARCH for Vendors

A Rebounder With Versatility

Medicine ball exercises are a staple of many workout routines. Whether the goal is performance enhancement by strengthening the core or helping an athlete rehab from an injury, medicine balls are versatile piece of equipment that can get the job done. But most strength coaches and athletic trainers don’t have enough time available to catch … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Author and Strength Coach Mike Mejia Praises VersaClimber

“Over the course of the past twenty years I’ve trained hundreds of clients that run the gamut from average Joe’s to professional athletes and in all that time, I’ve never come across a cardio piece that comes anywhere near the Versa Climber!” says Mike Mejia M.S., CSCS, author of The Men’s Heath Better Body Blueprint, … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Indoor Pool Surface Solution

Mateflex has indoor pool surfacing that is safer and more enjoyable to walk on than concrete. Mateflex offers perforated tiles to allow water to drain through that can cover up old, unsightly concrete or just spruce up a new area with a colorful design. The interlocking tiles dry quickly while keeping your feet out of … CLICK TO READ MORE...

The Evolution of the Lifting Platform

The days of the above ground weightlifting platform may be a thing of the past. More and more high schools, colleges, and professional strength and conditioning facilities who are either building a new facility or renovating an existing facility are going away from the traditional above ground lifting platform and choosing the inlaid platform, which … CLICK TO READ MORE...

Teaching Principles: Neck Rotation

Coach Bill ‘Jake’ Jacobs goes back to the basic teaching principles with Neck Rotation. View his demonstration.  CLICK TO READ MORE...