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Read articles, stories, and announcements about the activities and achievements of the Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence’s faculty, staff, and students.

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery. Their senseless killings are only four of the countless racial injustices that have taken place in the history of this country. We, the Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence, acknowledge the pain and suffering that...

When we work with athletes and teams, we often ask them that question…what is your why?  We do so to help them find meaning again in what they are doing, to reconnect with what motivates them internally, to possibly make different choices in what they choose to do…it can be easy in a busy,...

Even physically distanced, we can listen to music. Although music can spark many different emotions, we often just have it on in the background, not fully attending to or engaging with it. For this Mindfulness Monday, we invite you to bring yourself fully to a song or piece of music of your...

On Wednesday, we looked at how expressive writing can help us work through our thoughts and feelings in constructive ways and lead us to feeling better physically and psychologically.  Today, we want to introduce a variant of that process, something that also may be healing, but also just simply...

Expressive writing is a form of communicating our inner thoughts and feeling that has been pioneered by social psychologist Dr. James Pennebaker.  Through scientific study, Pennebaker and colleagues have demonstrated how the process of expressing our feelings, more so than describing what has...

As we continue to shelter in place and the effects of the virus continue to ripple outward, we may experience higher levels of stress and an increasing potential for the people closest to us to be effected, either directly or indirectly by the virus.  These circumstances could include becoming...

For some, the idea of self-compassion can seem a little odd…like a shoe that does not quite fit.  But, when we work with athletes, we frame this idea from the perspective of becoming your own best teammate, which seems to fit perfectly.

Even if you have never played sports, you have...

David Kessler is an expert on grief and dying and has applied his work to what we currently are going through.  Kessler defines grief as “the death of something, a death of a loved one, a marriage, a relationship, a job loss” and believes that we are now experiencing a collective loss in our...

As we discussed before, sleep is one of the pillars of health.  Yet, for many of us, sleep also is something that can be hard to achieve…at least as much, or at the quality, we want.  With increasingly busy schedules, caring for children, work-life imbalance, interruptions of normal sport...

Every day there seems to be something new we are being asked to manage, navigate, cope with…perhaps from work, school, family, or just what is going on around us in our society.  And, in these moments, we may have thoughts and feelings and even physical sensations that can seem overwhelming.  We...

We are living in stressful and uncertain times…new demands, new situations, and new emotions, such as fear or grief.  Yet, with a solid foundation of health, we will be better able to cope and function, perform and even thrive in this new “normal.” This foundation is based on four key pillars: 1...

Last Monday we helped you connect to your environment in a present-focused state. Today, we will go over benefits of writing down thoughts and feelings.

Adults have between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts per day. Although most are filtered out or do not become part of our conscious awareness...

For athletes, exercise (or physical training) is just part of their lives…although it differs a bit by sport, athletes eat, breathe, live their workouts.  Not only does it prepare them to be their physical, technical, and strategic best when they compete, it also can give a general boost to...

For athletes, routines are a key part of their success…whether that’s in how they train/practice (what they do each day), how they fuel their bodies, or how they prepare themselves to compete.  Their routines define what they will do each day, what’s important to them…they provide direction and...

In sports, and in our work with athletes, we talk a lot about controllables vs. uncontrollable.  We want athletes to learn how to pay attention to, and focus their energy on, the things over which they have some control (and can do something about).  Great athletes understand that things like...

In Friday’s tip, we discussed how being outside is good for our mental health and we want you to do so in ways that are safe and socially responsible! Today, we are going to build off the idea of getting outside by integrating mindfulness into this activity. Here is simple mindfulness exercise...

Yesterday, I was doing my weekly trip to the grocery story…physically distancing and being careful…when I overheard a woman talking to the cashier as she was checking out ‘I have not been out of my house for two weeks now.’  I thought…two weeks???  I knew right then I wanted to write about...

Kelzie Beebe traveled with the UNT Track and Field team to the University of Houston for the Houston G5 & Super 22 Invitational. The men’s and women’s teams each finished in the Top 7 against very competitive fields. See more here: ...

Kelzie Beebe traveled with the UNT Track and Field to Texas A&M on January 17th for the Ted Nelson Invitational. The men’s and women’s teams had successful outings.  For more information visit:...

Dr. Trent Petrie, the Director of our Center for Sport Psychology, shared his insight on weight pressures experienced by male athletes with the Washington Post. “For a lot of these young men, there’s more desire to become big and lean, as opposed to just become big,” Petrie said. “So there’s a...

Our research team has been busy! We had the opportunity to present some of our work at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology Annual Conference from October 23-26, 2019. Here is the research we shared:

Eating Disorder of Early Adolescent Athletes: Racial/Ethnic Identity and...

At the Assocation for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) Conference in Portland, OR, last week, two of our students and one faculty received major awards! Sixth year student, Erin Albert, was awarded The Dissertation Award which recognizes the completion of an outstanding dissertation by an AASP...

One of our fourth year students, Tess Palmateer, and Dr. Trent Petrie were awarded a research grant for their study, "Mental Health Screening of Student Athletes within NCAA Athletic Departments". We are proud to share that this was the largest grant of six grants awarded this year by the...

Two of our sport psychology consultants, Stephanie Barrett, M.S., and Tess Palmateer, M.Sc., were invited to speak at the inaugural Girls Sports Coaches Summit hosted by BSN Sports on Saturday, October 5th. Stephanie and Tess presented on the topic of Building Player Confidence: Female Athlete...

April 2, 2019 - Center Director, Dr. Trent Petrie, and Center Sport Psychologist, Dr. Erica Force, will begin their fourth year providing sport psychology services to the WNBA Dallas Wings.  The Center is proud of its ongoing relationship with the Wings’ organization and Drs. Petrie and Force...

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