Many teams these days are hiring high performance trainers to help them get their players to be consistent, from the beginning of the game to the end. But it is a hard role to play. “Athletes have very little patience with you,” says Bob Palmer, “If what you deliver is superficial, they refuse to buy in. And they need to get results “yesterday,”
On January 29 and 30, 2011, Bob brings his energizing style of high performance to Olympic athletes and Olympic hopefuls in Edmonton. His approach is quite different from traditional sports psychology. As a matter of fact, it is not sports psychology at all, but rather an education-based system. It is made up of powerful strategies that get results very quickly.
“Bob has a successful record of working with athletes, as his approach is easy to understand and work into one’s games,” says Wynn Payne, a prone rifle shooter from Edmonton who recently attended the Commonwealth Games. “Bob has worked with several World Cup winners and Olympic medalists and is well-known in high performance circles.”
Whereas most other approaches concentrate solely on the athlete, teams now have the option to use a “whole team” approach. With this, athletes no longer operate in isolation. Athletes, coaches, trainers and even the waterboy learn strategies to create a team synergy, game in and game out. “Many problems simply disappear when you are in the Zone,” says Jason Caswell, an Edmonton resident and two-time Olympian, who has worked with Bob and won a silver medal in Delhi. “He teaches amazing strategies that fix virtually any problem. If you’re not fast enough? He has a fix. Not confident? He has a fix. Too easily intimidated?
With Bob’s SportExcel system, athletes can learn to excel without sharing or opening up or being emotional—all things that many athletes find uncomfortable. He teaches strategies like a hockey coach would teach a player to shoot the puck better or a basketball coach would teach a layup. With his system, high performance is a skill, easy to learn and easy to apply.
In the last summer and winter Olympics, Bob’s athletes won gold (skeet shooting) and silver (snowboarding)
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Bob Palmer, President of SportExcel, is one of North America's leading experts in high performance in sport, conducting workshops throughout North America. Highly respected for the success that he brings to different sports disciplines, he has been an integral part of the training programs of athletes and coaches at the Olympic, international, national and regional levels. As a professional educator, coach and all-round athlete himself, he is a regular guest speaker on a U.S. based Coaching Hour, is a published writer with a regular column in North American sporting magazines and has two books in the works.