Focus Speed

 What is Focus Speed?

Focus Speed measures one’s ability to quickly and accurately focus.  More specifically, Focus Speed measures one’s mental reaction time and accuracy in choosing the appropriate response when provided interfering and conflicting stimuli. This “Stroop effect” from the military measures the ability to quickly read and respond to what is happening in dynamic situations such as athletic competition.

 Why is it important?

Everyone recognizes that concentration or is very important to overall mental execution. Concentration, the way the TAP measures it, includes two important components: the ability to drown out distractions and the ability to find and zero in on the right informational cue. Focus Speed not only determines both of these variables but also how adept the athlete is at doing this quickly. If you believe that concentration is the key and timing is everything, then you understand the importance of Focus Speed.

 A higher score means...

Those with higher scores on Focus Speed can readily interpret situational cues and quickly and accurately respond to them.

 A lower score means...

Those with modest levels of Focus Speed may require more time to respond and can be prone to be more easily distracted.

 

How to improve Focus Speed

 Videos

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How to Stay Focused During Sport Competition Part 1 3 mins | by Dr. Ken Ravizza

How to Stay Focused During Sport Competition Part 2 5 mins | by Dr. Ken Ravizza

How to Stay Focused During Sport Competition Part 3 4 mins | by Dr. Ken Ravizza

Does Imagery Really Work? 2 mins | by Complete Performance Coaching

Secrets of Elite Athletes 16 mins | TED Talk by Kenn Dickinson

 

 Articles

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Sport Imagery: Athletes' Most Powerful Mental Tool 4 pages | by Jim Taylor Ph.D., Psychology Today

A Sports Psychologist Shares the Visualization Technique that's Helped Super Bowl Champions and Olympic Gold-Medalists 4 pages | by Richard Feloni

Attention, A Powerful Tool for Athletic Performance 3 pages | by Mónica Monserrat, Psychologist at Sánchez-Casal Academy

Unravelling 'Locus Of Focus' - Where To Direct Athletes' Attention When Training And Competing 12 pages | by Informed Practitioner in Sport blog

 

 Podcasts

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How to Focus on the Right Thing at the Right Time with Hannah Huesman, Mental Skills Coach for the Philadelphis Phillies 47 minutes | by Dr. Cindra Kamphoff podcast

Mastering the Mental Game with Dr. Ken Ravizza, Educator, Professor, and Mental Game Expert 61 minutes | by Dr. Cindra Kamphoff podcast

What is Your Focus? 5 minutes | Mindset Matters podcast by Riley Jensen

 

 Drills

Ryzer Mindset Drills are designed to be completed either individually or in a instructor-led group setting.  The worksheets supplement the presentations and ideally are printed in advance of reviewing the presentation. The worksheets and presentations are PDF documents.  For best experience, save the PDF to your device before viewing or open in a PDF-friendly application such as Books on iPhone or Adobe on Android.

    

Mental Imagery

Learn  how Mental Imagery Works and How You Can Gain a Key Advantage in Your Sport

This drill's outcomes: (i) learn what imagery is and how it can help you in your sport (ii) learn the proper process for practicing imagery

Mental Imagery presentation - 33 slides

Mental Imagery worksheet - 4 pages