Book Review: The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance by George Mumford
"The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance" is a book written by George Mumford, a mindfulness teacher who has worked with athletes and teams in the NBA, NFL, and other professional sports leagues. The book provides insights and practical strategies for using mindfulness to enhance athletic performance and promote overall well-being.
The book is divided into three parts.
In Part One, Mumford provides an overview of mindfulness and its application to sports. He describes how mindfulness can help athletes reduce stress and anxiety, increase focus and awareness, and enhance performance on the field or court.
In Part Two, Mumford offers a step-by-step guide to developing a mindfulness practice. He provides practical exercises and techniques for cultivating mindfulness, including breathing techniques, body scans, and visualization practices. He also describes how to apply mindfulness to specific aspects of sports performance, such as goal setting, injury recovery, and competition.
In Part Three, Mumford offers insights from his work with professional athletes, including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal. He describes how mindfulness helped these athletes achieve peak performance and navigate challenges on and off the court.
Overall, "The Mindful Athlete" is a practical and insightful guide to using mindfulness to enhance athletic performance and well-being. It provides practical exercises, strategies, and insights that can be applied by athletes at any level of experience. The book is written in an accessible and engaging style, making it a valuable resource for anyone interested in using mindfulness to support their athletic goals.