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Danny Desin: Dear athletes, I want to hear from you

Posted at 4:09 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-20 18:09:30-04

(Editor’s note: This is an ongoing series focused on the mental aspect of athletics as reported by Danny Desin, M.S., www.desinsportpsych.com.)

Dear athletes,

I want to hear from you.

Up to this point, I’ve tried my best to give you all some tasks to help you through this time and keep you focused on building a strong mindset. The field of sport and performance psychology can be misunderstood by some people who play, and providing some clarity has been another goal of mine through the last few weeks, also. The activities and conversations I have with athletes aren’t much different than what you’ve heard and read recently, so I hope that the content has been helpful.

It’s anyone’s guess when everyone will be able to play again. Like we’ve talked about before, it really is out of our control as individuals. Now I’d like to turn in a different direction; your direction.

What are some things that you would like to know? Do you have any questions about the strategies you’ve been given, or are there any areas that you’d like to see covered? What are some things that you’ve been struggling with?

I also want to hear your comments about what you’ve been up to and how it has helped you build mental toughness and resilience over the last few weeks. I’m looking for interaction with athletes, coaches, parents, etc. Topics and questions will be covered sometime in the next week.

There are a few ways to send in your question or comment. You can send me an email at desinsportpsych@gmail.com, submit a comment on desinsportpsych.com, message me on Twitter (@DesinSportPsych) or on the Desin Sport Psychology Facebook page, or you can comment on the social media posts that link this article.

I’m looking forward to hearing what you have to say and I appreciate you following along with this series so far.

About Danny Desin: Danny Desin has been around the Billings sports community all of his life — as a spectator, player, and coach. Desin received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from MSU Billings and played college basketball for both Montana State University and MSU-Billings. Has has graduate level education at both Boise State University and California Southern University, where he finished a Master’s of Science in Psychology with a specialization in Sport Psychology. He is a member of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology and a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC).