GAINcast Episode 130: The playmaker’s advantage (with Len Zaichkowsky and Daniel Peterson)

The definition of a playmaker is a bit elusive: it combines having the right mindset, anticipation, perception, and decision-making skills. In their new book The Playmaker’s Advantage: How to Raise Your Mental Game to the Next Level, Len Zaichkowsky and Daniel Peterson take a look at what the science says and how coaches can help their athletes improve in this area. On this episode of the podcast, the authors join us for a chat on what they learned writing the book, and how it can be applied in practice.

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Notes and quotes

Dr. Zaichkowsky is a widely known sport and performance scientist whose specialty is the psychophysiology of human performance. He spent 37 years on the faculty at Boston University, and has consulted with top teams and federations across a number of sports. Together with fellow sports psychologist Daniel Peterson, the released The Playmaker’s Advantage: How to Raise Your Mental Game to the Next Level earlier this summer to rave reviews.

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Further reading

The following links were referenced in the podcast or provide some additional reading material on the topic: