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Center for Sport and Performance Psychology Making a Difference with MSU Athletes

The Minnesota State University football team has enjoyed one of its most successful seasons ever, charging out to an undefeated record of 11-0. The players invested heavily in off-season training throughout the spring and summer, which brought the team into preseason camp in top physical condition. And while that has certainly paid dividends over the course of a grueling season against some great competition, the Mavericks insist their "X factor" may come in their mental approach to the game.

2012-12-20

Mankato, Minn -- The Minnesota State University football team has enjoyed one of its most successful seasons ever, charging out to an undefeated record of 11-0. The players invested heavily in off-season training throughout the spring and summer, which brought the team into preseason camp in top physical condition. And while that has certainly paid dividends over the course of a grueling season against some great competition, the Mavericks insist their "X factor" may come in their mental approach to the game.

"There is no question that our work with Cindra Kamphoff this season has had a huge impact on our team’s success this season," said Maverick Acting Head Coach Aaron Keen. Consultants from the Center meet with them each week implementing a new mental skill.

Minnesota State senior wide receiver Adam Thielen says, "Working with Cindra has been great and has definitely helped our team. She has helped us keep our focus on what’s right in front of us and we just try to go 1-0 each week. We have learned about trusting each other and it has helped us to deal with the different challenges we face from game to game."  

Director of Athletics, Kevin Buisman agrees. "It has been a wonderful partnership for us. The timing couldn’t have been better and the feedback from the coaches and student-athletes has been very encouraging. Our other teams are lining up to work with the Center and it’s only a matter of time before others follow suit. It’s been a great experience for us."  

The Center is one of only three in the country located on a college campus. It was funded as part of the University’s "Big Ideas, Real Word Thinking" initiative designed to fuel innovation that could be applied practically to solve everyday challenges.   http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2012/11/10/despite-controversy-msu-mankato-football-team-thrives/

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