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A Feeling of Control

 

Article orginally published on psmag.com by David Desteno

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The ability to delay gratification has been held up as the one character trait to rule them all—the key to academic success, financial security, and social well-being. But willpower isn’t the answer. The new, emotional science of self-regulation.

 

The children’s television show Sesame Street has always had a way of reflecting the zeitgeist in shades of Muppet fur. Consider, for instance, the evolution of Cookie Monster. For his first few decades on air, he was a simple character: blue, ravenous, cookie-fixated; a lovably unleashed id. A 1990 White House report dubbed him “the quintessential consumer.” But in the mid-2000s, as concern mounted over childhood obesity, Cookie Monster’s tastes became a problem. So he went from devouring cookies to guzzling bowls of fruit. Then, last year, he changed yet again, as the show’s curriculum designers saw in his voracious appetite a different kind of teaching opportunity.

For the show’s 44th season on the air, Cookie Monster was essentially repurposed into a full-time, walking, talking, googly-eyed vehicle for a set of intensely fashionable ideas about psychology and success. The blue Muppet was now, as an official Sesame Street website put it, a “poster child for someone needing to master self-regulation skills.”

For the duration of the new season, Cookie lusted after his favorite treat as much as ever. But when it came to acting on his desires, he sang, quite literally, a different tune: “Me want it, but me wait.” In sketch after sketch, song after song, he struggled mightily with self-control, strained to keep his focus on long-term goals, and collected mental strategies to delay gratification.

In one segment, Cookie Monster appears as a contestant on a game show and is presented with a single cookie on a plate. “This is The Waiting Game,” shouts the lantern-jawed Muppet host, “and if you wait to eat the cookie until I get back, you get two cookies.” As the host dashes away, Cookie Monster’s ordeal begins. He tries singing to himself. Then he pretends the cookie is only a picture. Next he distracts himself by playing with a toy, and finally imagines that the cookie is a smelly fish. “Me need new strategy,” he says as one mental trick gives out to another. A pair of back-up singers pops up every few seconds to croon that “good things come to those who wait.” Finally, the host returns with the second cookie. The exhausted monster’s patience has paid off.

If something about this sketch sounds familiar, there’s a reason. The writers of Sesame Street based it closely on one of the most famous experiments of 20th century psychological science—one that has become known colloquially as the marshmallow test. Substitute marshmallows for cookies and a four-year-old for Cookie Monster, and you have almost exactly the challenge that the psychologist Walter Mischel posed to kids again and again at a Stanford nursery school in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The kids could eat the marshmallow placed in front of them, or delay gratification by resisting the temptation for a few minutes. If they were patient—if they could demonstrate self-control—they’d be rewarded with a second morsel of sugary goodness.

 

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2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - Welcomes Rob Panariello : Bridging the Medical-Performance Gap

BSMPG is proud to announce ROB PANARIELLO as a speaker at the 2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - Sunday May 17th, 2015 - Fenway Park.

Join the leaders in Sports Medicine and Performance Training for this one day event following the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015.  Inquire at bostonsmpg@gmail.com - serious thought leaders only!

 

Mission of the CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting: To provide the leaders in performance training and medical oversight an opportunity to engage with leaders of similar attitude, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit, while pursuing innovative strategies in performance methodology. 

This is a limited capacity event and will be held to 50 of the top thought and change leaders from across the globe.

 

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ROBERT PANARIELLO

Topic: Bridging the Medical-Performance Gap

Rob is a graduate of Ithaca College with a B.S. in both Physical Therapy and Physical Education/Athletic Training. He also holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from Queens College. He is a licensed Physical Therapist, NATA Certified Athletic Trainer and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Rob has more than 30 years in the field of Athletic Training Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Performance.

Rob has studied the science of strength and conditioning in the former East Germany, Soviet Union and Bulgaria. His experience includes 10 years (1986 – 1995) as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at St. John’s University, the World League of American Football’s NY/NJ Knights (1991) and the WUSA NY POWER Women’s Professional Soccer League, (2001-2002). He serves as a consultant to many NFL, NBA and University teams and strength coaches.

He is nationally renowned in the field of Sports Medicine Rehabilitation and Strength and Conditioning. Rob lectures nationally on these topics and has over 60 peer reviewed publications.

Rob received the prestigious National Strength and Conditioning Association President’s Award in 1998 and is in the USA Strength and Conditioning Coaches Hall of Fame.

 

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BSMPG 2015 - Welcomes Andy O'Brien

 

BSMPG is proud to announce ANDY O'BRIEN as a speaker at the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015. Last year was a sell out and the only difference this year will be us announcing a sell out well in advance! This will be one of the greatest performance and therapy seminars of all time!  

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Andy O'Brien has been training athletes at the Professional and Olympic level for 18 years, and currently trains a group of NHL superstars including Sidney Crosby, Matt Duchene, Jason Spezza, Nathan MacKinnon, Henrik Zetterberg, John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Erik Johnson, Sam Gagner and Jeff Skinner.  He also works with 3 time World Champion Figure figure skater Patrick Chan and Women’s Hockey Legend Hayley Wickenheiser.  From 2006 to 2012, Andy oversaw the training for 12 time Olympic medalist Dara Torres during some of the most memorable performances in swimming history.  In total, he has worked with more than 100 professional and 40 Olympic athletes, who have collectively totaled 7 major sport MVP’s, 50+ world championships, 33 Olympic medals and 3 Lou Marsh Awards as Canada's top athlete.  

Andy has spent considerable time studying the key performance indicators in hockey, and has developed training applications aimed at producing quantifiable on-ice metrics.  His passion for understanding complex human movement has led to an integration of skilled observation with measurement and objectivity – a true harmony of art an science within his coaching practice.  Andy holds a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology, as well as designations in sports nutrition, corrective exercise and rehabilitation.  He was recently named by the Hockey News as one of the Top 100 people of power and influence in the game of hockey. 

 

  

 

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2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - Welcomes Back Derek Hansen

BSMPG is proud to announce DEREK HANSEN as a speaker at the 2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - Sunday May 17th, 2015 - Fenway Park.

Join the leaders in Sports Medicine and Performance Training for this one day event following the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015.  Inquire at bostonsmpg@gmail.com - serious thought leaders only!

 

Mission of the CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting: To provide the leaders in performance training and medical oversight an opportunity to engage with leaders of similar attitude, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit, while pursuing innovative strategies in performance methodology. 

This is a limited capacity event and will be held to 50 of the top thought and change leaders from across the globe.

 

DEREK HANSON

DEREK HANSEN

Topic: Identifying Optimal Running Volumes for In-Season and Off-Season Preparations for Team Sports

Derek M. Hansen is a sports performance consultant based out of Vancouver, B.C., Canada.  He currently works as the Director of Athletic Performance at Simon Fraser University.  He has worked extensively with coaches and athletes from all levels of high performance including the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, CFL and the NCAA.  His involvement with Olympic athletes, coaches and teams includes sports such as Track and Field, Speed Skating, Softball, Bobsleigh and Field Hockey, with many of these athletes having won Olympic medals and achieved world record performances. 

Derek’s specific areas of expertise include speed development, electrical muscle stimulation for performance, tapering and recovery, and hamstring rehabilitation.  Two significant influences in the development of his approach have been Charlie Francis and Al Vermeil.  Derek worked closely with Coach Francis from 2001 to 2010, providing coaching to elite athletes and developing Charlie’s educational materials for on-line presentation and seminar delivery.  Coach Vermeil has also been a steady source of mentorship to Derek from 2002 to the present day, providing insight into all areas of athlete performance.

When not coaching, Derek is a course conductor with the Canadian National Coaching Certification Program in the areas of Physical Preparation, Recovery & Regeneration and Sport Biomechanics.  He has developed a broad series of electrical muscle stimulation protocols for Globus Sport and Health Technologies, known as the SpeedCoach, that integrates EMS programming with conventional training to enhance speed performance.  Derek also runs a highly successful Strength and Conditioning apprenticeship program that places young coaches in jobs all over the world.

 

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2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - WINNING


BSMPG is proud to announce both MIKE BOYLE and ERIK HELLAND as speakers at the 2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - Sunday May 17th, 2015 - Fenway Park.

Join the leaders in Sports Medicine and Performance Training for this one day event following the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015.  Inquire at bostonsmpg@gmail.com - serious thought leaders only!

 

Mission of the CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting: To provide the leaders in performance training and medical oversight an opportunity to engage with leaders of similar attitude, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit, while pursuing innovative strategies in performance methodology. 

This is a limited capacity event and will be held to 50 of the top thought and change leaders from across the globe.

 

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MIKE BOYLE

Topic: Worst to First - Developing a Culture of Winning

Michael Boyle is known internationally for his pioneering work in the field of Strength & Conditioning and is regarded as one of the top experts in the area for Sports Performance Training. He has made his mark on the industry over the past 30 years with an impressive following of professional athletes, from the US Women’s Olympic teams in Soccer and Ice Hockey to the Boston BruinsBoston Breakers, New England Revolution, and most recently the Boston Red Sox. His client list over the years reads like a Who’s Who of athletic success in New England and across the country including legendary Boston names such as Nomar Garciaparra, Cam Neely, and Ray Bourque. 

 In 2012, Michael was selected to become part of the Boston Red Sox coaching staff, acting as a strength and conditioning consultant for the team. 

 

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ERIK HELLAND

Topic: Sustaining a Championship Mindset

Erik Helland enters his second year as Wisconsin's men's basketball strength and conditioning coach in 2014-15. In his first season, the Badgers posted the third, 30-win season in school history advancing to the 2014 Final Four.

Helland, who has served on the Chicago Bulls strength and conditioning staff since 1988 and the head strength coach since 2001, has over two decades of experience as a certified National Strength and Conditioning specialist and level I USA Weightlifting coach.

Helland's tenure with the Bulls included six NBA championships, including a pair of three-peats, and an NBA record 72 regular-season wins in 1995-96.

Following 13 seasons as an assistant, Helland took over the reins of the strength program in 2001, where his duties included conducting some of the most comprehensive testing protocols in the NBA, assisting in pre-NBA Draft workouts and NBA free agent assessments.

Helland has consulted with numerous college and professional strength and conditioning programs, and has worked extensively with athletes from the NFL and European Basketball Leagues, as well as professional, collegiate and high school athletes from nearly every sport.

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2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - Welcomes Steve Tashjian - Player Monitoring for Peak Performance

 

BSMPG is proud to announce STEVE TASHJIAN as a speaker at the 2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting - Sunday May 17th, 2015 - Fenway Park.

Join the leaders in Sports Medicine and Performance Training for this one day event following the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015.  Inquire at bostonsmpg@gmail.com - serious thought leaders only!

 

Mission of the CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting: To provide the leaders in performance training and medical oversight an opportunity to engage with leaders of similar attitude, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit, while pursuing innovative strategies in performance methodology. 

This is a limited capacity event and will be held to 50 of the top thought and change leaders from across the globe.

 

 

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Steve Tashjian

Topic: Player Monitoring for Peak Performance

Tashjian joins the Crew from Barclays Premier League side Everton Football Club, where he served for five years as the Head of Sports Science and Conditioning and Director of End Stage Rehabilitation. During his time at Everton, Tashjian became well known for his innovative approach to player monitoring and performance development. While serving the club, Everton never finished outside the top eight Premiership positions, qualifying in 2009-2010 for the UEFA Europa League, appearing in the 2011-2012 FA Cup semifinal and finishing fifth in the Premier League in 2013-2014. During his tenure, Tashjian worked with a list of elite players including Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, Tim Cahill, Louis Saha, Phil Neville, Steven Pienaar, Romelu Lukaku and Leighton Baines.

From 2007 to 2009, Tashjian served as Assistant Coach and Head of Fitness, Director of End Stage Rehabilitation and Reconditioning with the Crew. He was a part of Sigi Schmid’s staff that led the Black & Gold to Columbus’ first professional championship with the 2008 MLS Cup squad, and was a part of back-to-back Supporters’ Shield wins in 2008 and 2009 in addition to the club’s 2009 CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal berth.

Tashjian’s clinical experience began in 2002 as Physical Therapist and Strength and Conditioning Coach in Pasadena, California at the Competitive Athlete Training Zone (CATZ), assisting with the off-season training program for the LA Galaxy. In 2003, he left his position with CATZ to become Co-Owner and Director of Athletic Performance at Rehab United Physical Therapy and Sports Performance Center in San Diego, California, working with elite amateur, Olympic and professional athletes from multiple sports.

As an Assistant Coach, Head of Fitness and later a consultant for Azusa Pacific University from 2006-2008, he helped the university to a 2007 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship as well as runner-up honors with the women in 2007 and the men in 2006.

 


 

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Registration for the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar is now OPEN!

 

 

Hear world stress expert Dr. Robert Sapolsky and other international thought leaders including PRI's James Anderson, England's Al Smith, Brain Researcher Vincent Walsh and the Canadian Senior Men's Basketball Performance staff including Sam Gibbs, Charlie Weingroff and Roman Fomin at the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar.

Other sports medicine/rehabilitation and performance speakers include: Mike Davis, Alan Gruver, Eric Oetter, Sam Coad, and Jay DeMayo.  Additional speakers to be added in the coming weeks!

Date: May 15-16, 2015.

Location: Boston, MA

 

 

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DR. ROBERT SAPOLSKY

Professor of Biological Sciences, Neurology, Neurological Sciences, and Neurosurgery, Stanford University

 

Keynote Address: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress, Disease and Coping

A lecture on stress and where stress-related diseases come from.  It is based on Dr. Sapolsky's book by the same title.  

Robert Sapolsky is one of the world's leading neuroscientists, and has been called "one of the finest natural history writers around" by The New York Times. In studying wild baboon populations, Sapolsky examined how prolonged stress can cause physical and mental afflictions. His lab was among the first to document that stress can damage the neurons of the hippocampus. Sapolsky has shown, in both human and baboon societies, that low social status is a major contributor to stress and stress-related illness. He boils down the contemporary human's relationship with stress as follows: "We are not getting our ulcers being chased by Saber-tooth tigers, we're inventing our social stressors—and if some baboons are good at dealing with this, we should be able to as well. Insofar as we're smart enough to have invented this stuff and stupid enough to fall for it, we have the potential to be wise enough to keep [these stressors] inperspective." Sapolsky's study of stress in non-human primates has offered fascinating insight into how human beings relate to this universal pressure.

 

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BSMPG 2015 - Welcomes Jay DeMayo

BSMPG is proud to announce JAY DEMAYO as a speaker at the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015. Last year was a sell out and the only difference this year will be us announcing a sell out well in advance! This will be one of the greatest performance and therapy seminars of all time!  

Be sure to save the date and reserve your hotel room well in advance.

See you in Boston in May!!!  

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JAY DEMAYO

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Jay DeMayo has been the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Men’s and Women’s Basketball at the University of Richmond since October 2005.  Jay is a graduate of the State University of New York College at Cortland where he was a two year starter on the Men’s Soccer team.  Prior to taking over the responsibilities of Men’s and Women’s Basketball at UR Jay worked with every team on campus as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach working.  During his tenure at Richmond, Coach DeMayo has worked with five All-Americans, and 10 Atlantic 10 championship teams.  Presently Jay is also responsible for the dry land training for NOVA Aquatics LLC, one of the top youth swim clubs on the eastern seaboard where he has coached over twenty athlete’s whom have qualified for Olympic Trials.

Coach DeMayo’s constant effort to better himself as a coach has brought him numerous certifications.  Coach DeMayo has his Level I coaching certification from USA Track and Field, is certified as an American Kettlebell Club Coach, United States Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Coach DeMayo has also been a presenter for four consecutive years at the Pennsylvania State Clinic at Juniata College.  At the PA State Clinic Coach DeMayo has spoken on “Training Soccer Players, Developing a 3 Day Strength Training Program,”  “Max Effort Training for Sports,” and “Lift Preparation, The Next Evolution of the Warm Up,” “Developing a Progression for Auxiliary Lifts” and “Teaching the Squat and Deadlift.”  Coach DeMayo has also presented at the University of Richmond Sports Performance Clinic and with the Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball Academy.  Coach DeMayo has also been involved in developing the Basketball Strength Symposium in Raleigh, NC, and the Central VA Sports Performance Seminar.

The 2015 Catapult Performance Directors Meeting - Fenway Park

 

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What do you get when you mix the most iconic ballpark in the world with the Leaders in Sports Performance?


Yup - The 2015 CATAPULT Performance Directors Meeting

Date: Sunday May 17th, 2015 - following the BSMPG Summer Seminar (May 15-16, 2015)

Location: Fenway Park, Boston MA

Mission of the BSMPG Performance Director Forum: To provide the leaders in performance training and medical oversight an opportunity to engage with leaders of similar attitude, vision, and entrepreneurial spirit, while pursuing innovative strategies in performance methodology. 

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BSMPG 2015 - Welcomes The Canadian Basketball Performance Team

BSMPG is proud to welcome the Canadian Men's Basketball Performance Team to the 2015 BSMPG Summer Seminar - May 15-16th, 2015. Last year was a sell out and the only difference this year will be us announcing a sell out well in advance! This will be one of the greatest performance and therapy seminars of all time!  

Join BSMPG and welcome Sam Gibbs, Charlie Weingroff, and Roman Fomin, for a Look Behind The Curtain, a panel discussion involving screening, monitoring, training, therapy and putting it all together into one high performing team.

Be sure to save the date and reserve your hotel room well in advance.

See you in Boston in May!!!  

 

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Registration Opens Jan 1, 2015

Additional speakers to be announced shortly - Trust us when we tell you that this year will blow your socks off!

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