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Mental Skills Training


Mental skills training for baseball

By Karlene Pick, M.A.
Mental Training Consultant

A big part of playing consistently and confidently is training not only the body, but also the mind. Whether you are already a great athlete and want to work on maintaining that, or an athlete that has some areas they want to improve on, integrating mental training skills can be helpful.

Some of the areas that can be addressed are:

  • Implementing an effective goal setting program
  • Strategies to assist with maintaining motivation
  • Breathing techniques to assist with stress and nerves
  • Using imagery to aid in preparation
  • Building confidence through self-talk
  • Developing pre-performance routines
  • Techniques to help with maintaining focus and concentration
  • Strategies to regroup after a mistake or error

Karlene works collaboratively with both individual athletes and teams to create an individualized program that fits their needs. Individual sessions can be in-person as well as over the phone.

Additional areas that can be addressed when working with teams and groups are:

  • Building a cohesive team
  • Creating a strong and positive team identify
  • Strategies to improving communication
  • Building awareness of what qualities make a team player
  • Team mission statements and team goals

About Karlene

Karlene Pick, M.A., Mental Training Consultant, works with athletes and teams teaching mental training techniques and team building strategies. She received her B.A. from Saint Mary’s College and her M.A. in Sport Psychology from John F Kennedy University. She works with athletes in sports such as gymnastics, skating, tennis and golf, basketball, swimming, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, football and others.

She has worked with the baseball teams at the University of San Diego (2000 – 2021), University of Nevada – Reno (2014 – 2015), University of Arizona (2016 – 2021), and currently, with Louisiana State University.

Karlene is the author of the book, Winning the Mental Way: A practical guide to team building and mental training.

She was the guest speaker for the First Lady’s Luncheon at the 1999 Northern Marianas Sports Challenge in Saipan. She has been a guest speaker for the University of Loughborough in the UK and a guest lecturer at the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals in Utah. She was the keynote speaker at Dominican University in February 2007 for the PsiChi Society Awards Ceremony.

Karlene was formerly an Adjunct Professor in the Sport Psychology program at John F. Kennedy University.

She is a member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), and co-presented at the 2009 conference in Salt Lake City, UT; and the 2011 conference in Honolulu, HI.

For more information about working with Karlene, please feel free to contact her via email at or phone at 650-520-9979.


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