Dr. Alan Goldberg
Welcome coaches, athletes, and parents …
I specialize in sports psychology for peak performance and mental toughness for athletes of all ages and levels to bust slumps, blocks and fears and also build children’s mental skills, motivation and self-confidence in youth sports.
I am committed to providing the very best sports psychology services and products available and offer a unique one-on-one telephone consultation service, an extensive line of mental toughness training products, free articles, as well as a free sport psychology newsletter. As a frequent presenter at the Olympic Training Center and the former sports psychology consultant for all the teams at the University of Connecticut, I draw from my 23 years of experience working with athletes and teams of all ages and levels to help you develop motivation and achieve peak performance, no matter what level you compete at!
Dr. Alan Goldberg’s Biography
|Dr. Goldberg was the sport psychology consultant to the 1999 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champion University of Connecticut Huskies, and the 2000 Men’s Soccer NCAA Champions. He is the former Sports Psychology Consultant for the University of Connecticut Athletic Department and continues to work with their men’s soccer program. As a nationally-known expert in the field of applies sport psychology, Dr. Goldberg works with athletes and teams across all sports at every level, from professional and Olympic caliber right down to junior athletes overcome fears adn blocks, snap out of slumps, and perform to their potential. His book, Sports Slump Busting (LLumina Press), is based on his extensive experience getting teams and individual athletes unstuck and back on track. Outside of sports, Dr. Goldberg works with performing artists, sales and business people, test takers, and public speakers.
Dr. Goldberg is a regular and popular presenter at coaches’ clinics, colleges, and high schools across the country, as well as internationally. He is known for his ability to take the subjects of sports psychology and peak performance and present them in a humorous, practical and easy-to-understand manner. Dr. Goldberg is a frequent speaker at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and has presented regularly at national coaches’ clinics including Women’s Basketball Coaches, American Swim Coaches, National Soccer Coaches, US Youth Soccer, American Youth Soccer, US Gymnastics, National Softball Coaches, US Sailing and US Professional Tennis Coaches.
Dr. Goldberg received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is a former #1 singles player for the UMass Minuteman tennis team and twice Conference Champion. His background includes 22 years of tennis coaching experience and a first-degree black belt in Shurin Ryu karate.
Dr. Goldberg is the author of 25 mental toughness training programs and books for athletes on sports psychology and peak performance. He also writes on the subject of peak performance for a number of national publications including Collegiate Baseball, Swimming World, International Gymnast, Fitness Swimmer, BullsEye News, the NSCAA Soccer Journal, Soccer Jr., The Diver, and Women’s Fast Pitch World, to name a few. As the Director of Competitive Advantage, an Amherst, Massachusetts-based performance consulting firm, Dr. Goldberg maintains a private practice and an extensive sports psychology phone consultation service for athletes around the world. He is one of the only sports psychology consultants in the country providing one-on-one phone consultation utilizing natural flow EMDR, a breakthrough method that works closely with the mind-body connection and has resulted in more quickly and more effectively getting athletes unstuck and back on track.
Questions from Dr. Alan Goldberg
- The Doorway to Success
What if I told you that there was an “actual” doorway to success that you could repeatedly use to pursue and reach your biggest dreams? What if you knew where to find this doorway to your sports goals? Better yet, what if you had a crystal clear image of what it looked like and how it felt to be there? What role do you think this kind of valuable information would play in your athletic career and beyond?
- The Heart and Soul of Mental Toughness
In the seventh and deciding game of the American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, Indians’ Pitcher Jake Westbrook took the mound at Fenway Park in a desperate attempt to help his team win the pennant and put an end to the Sox’s gutsy comeback from down 3 games to 1. Westbrook had pitched brilliantly at home in game three of the series…
- Coaching Abuse
What is wrong with a society that places so much importance on winning in sports that it blatantly neglects the needs and well being of the child-athletes that it’s charged with educating and protecting? Are we that out of touch that we’ve lost our perspective on what really matters in life? Are too many parents making a “deal with the devil” and turning their kids over to coaches with questionable methods just because these coaches supposedly produce “champions?”
- Strong Women in Sports and in Life
By now ex-shock jock, Don Imus’ infamous, sexist and racist blunder directed towards the Rutgers University mostly black women’s basketball team is ancient history. Imus was supposedly kidding around on April 4th 2007 when he called a group of accomplished female scholar-athletes …
- Serving Others: The lost art of Champions
n his wonderful new book, The Way Of The Champion, sports psychologist and colleague Jerry Lynch outlines and teaches the personal and behavioral characteristics that lead to winning, both in and outside of sports. The Tao or “way” of real champions is very basic and powerful, yet not that easy to implement for many athletes.
- The Mackey Sasser Story
I’ve been (DG) a New York Mets fan since the team was first formed in 1963. I went to games at the old Polo Grounds that first year and excitedly watched the construction of Shea Stadium. I was even there when they laid down the sod for the brand new field.
- Burn out
A few months ago I got a panicked call from the mother of a very talented 16 year old athlete. The woman was quite alarmed because, “all of a sudden, out of the clear blue” her son wanted to quit his sport. She explained to me, “here’s a kid who is ranked both nationally and internationally, and who’s one of the up and coming talents in his sport and he wants to quit? I just don’t get it.
Let’s take a quick tour through our sports cliché archives: It’s always best to be the best; If you can’t be “numero uno,” then you’re nothing; Winning is everything – Winning is the only thing; A winner never quits and a quitter never wins; If you don’t come in first you might as well come in last; To win is to succeed – to lose is to fail; You win or you lose – There is no in between; And my very favorite, (drum roll please) ….. “When you come in second, you’re the first loser.”
- SPECIAL: What makes a Good Coach?
Recently I was talking with a talented college freshman baseball player who shared with me this rather disturbing, somewhat bizarre tale. On a full scholarship ride to a major D- I program, this athlete had earned the job as the starting second baseman, an unusual accomplishment for someone so young in a program so strong.
- SPECIAL: Your Brain and Your Game
Brain functioning and athletic performance for dummies Tony had been dogged and harassed by an overly physical defender almost the entire match. This kid had been elbowing him, pulling at his jersey, kicking him, talking trash and doing just about everything he could whenever the refs weren’t looking to knock Tony off his game and get inside his head.
- SPECIAL: Olympic Issue
As the 2006 Torino Winter Games wind down and end, there are still several earth-shattering questions simmering on the back burner of too many people’s minds here in the good old US of A. Did we win enough medals?
- Playing Time
Playing Time, (PT). Those two very magical and powerful words that can bring you great joy or misery, that can leave you beaming or in tears. Playing Time can make or break your season, not to mention your athletic career. Every athlete wants PT, yet only a select few will actually consistently achieve it.
- Katrina & Keeping Your Sport in Perspective
What’s really important? Do you have your life and sport in the proper PERSPECTIVE? I am writing this from the comfort of my office in the basement of my home. I look around me at the walls and they’re covered with pictures and mementoes of my 21 year career as a sports psychologist.
- Cutting In Sports
“TO CUT OR NOT TO CUT, that is the question.” The Fall is upon us and as we look forward to the start of a brand new school year, young athletes’ thoughts turn to middle and high school dreams of fame and glory: Impressing the coach in preseason, making the varsity, possibly breaking into the starting lineup and maybe even hearing the roar of the crowd as you make that game winning play.
- Handling Winning & Losing
THE THRILL OF VICTORY…AND THE AGONY OF DEFEAT – Handling winning and losing. Let me state the obvious: In every athletic contest there is always a winner and a loser, a winning squad or a losing one.
- Depersonalization in Sports
A little over a month ago, in the Conference USA Championship basketball game, the Memphis Tiger’s super freshman, Darius Washington was having an unbelievable night. Leading his team with 22 points, 6 assists and 2 steals …
thletes report this experience of performance-destroying “choking” using the following related descriptions: Extreme tentativeness under competitive pressure; a tightening up of the muscles resulting in an inability to execute the way you’ve been trained…