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Building Mental Toughness and Resiliency with Dr. Pat Ivey

Sports Psychology with Dr. Pat Ivey

Building Mental Toughness and Resiliency with Dr. Pat Ivey



Pat Ivey will begin his second season at Arkansas State in 2018, but his first since being elevated to Assistant Athletics Director of Athletics Performance.

Ivey spent his first year at Arkansas State in 2017 as the Associate Director of Athletics Performance. Prior to Arkansas State, he served under the same title at Missouri from 2011-15 and was named the Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by FootballScoop.com in 2013.

A former Missouri football letterwinner (1993-95), Ivey was selected as an All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete in 1995. After receiving his undergraduate degree in 1996 in Hotel and Restaurant Management with an emphasis in nutrition, he spent time in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers. He completed his master's in health education in 2000 while serving as a graduate assistant director of strength and conditioning at Missouri.

Ivey returned to Missouri in 2004 in the role of Director of Strength and Conditioning after serving in the same capacity at Tulsa from 2002-03. There, he oversaw strength and conditioning efforts for all 18 sports and was part of the resurgence of the football program, which had the nation's best turnaround in 2003. Tulsa went 8-5 in 2003 after going just 1-11 the year before.

He is Registered Strength and Conditioning Certified (NSCA), National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified (CSCS) and Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC). Additionally, he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).

In This Episode We Discuss:

  • The importance of implementing mental preparation into any athletic development model.
  • Pre-game strategies, how to prepare for your upcoming competition, practice, and it carries over to academics as well.
  • He talks about his right here, right now, being fully present in the moment approach.
  •  Issues surrounding how to overcome adversity. We all know, when things are going well, we tend to do well. But what happens when trouble strikes? He gives us some winning strategies to help you through how to overcome things when they don't go well.

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