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Peak Performance

Peak Performance Coaching

Get Your Mind and Body Working Together to Achieve Peak Performance

Are you your own worst enemy when you compete? Do fears, doubts or negative thinking get in your way? Do you perform better in practice than in competition?

To achieve success in practice, it's 95% PHYSICAL and 5% mental. Simply put, you have to pay your physical dues! It takes HARD work and dedication to become a champion. However, once it's competition time, success is 95% MENTAL and 5% physical. Are you mentally tough enough? Do you stress out under pressure? Don't leave this ALL important part of your performance to chance.

Hello!

My name is Sara and I am the daughter of internationally known Sports Performance Consultant, Dr. Alan Goldberg. Using the same breakthrough techniques as Dr. G, I work with athletes of all ages to help them overcome fears, blocks and slumps. If you are plagued with last minute negative thinking and self doubts, I can help! I work with my clients to get to the root of their problems, better understand where they come from and then help athletes develop the tools and skills needed to efficiently and effectively get unstuck and  back on track, performing like a champion! I work in person at my office in Belchertown MA and online through Skype/Zoom/FaceTime.

My daughter had been struggling with a mental block in gymnastics for years when we discovered Sara. The growth we have seen in so many different ways has been huge and life changing. Sara was able to get my shy quiet daughter out of her shell to engage and open up and peel back the layers to figure out the different reasons she was having anxiety and getting stuck. She goes to practice now free of worry and excited and comes home happy and eager to share. Sara has been able to get her to focus on the positive in each situation. Going to meets she now is excited and doesn’t stress herself out. Her entire demeanor at meets has changed for the better which also has reflected in how she has done. She has learned to be a better coach to herself and not get frustrated when things aren’t going the way she wants. She has done skills she hasn’t done in ages and gained plenty of new skills. We have seen her able to use these new tools in other areas of life as well. She has become so incredibly intune with her body sensations as well. The best part is seeing her having fun again at the sport she loves so dearly and having her be able to recognize and be proud of all her success big and small.
— Sasha, NY - mother of 11 year old gymnast

 

Did you know?

Did you know that most performance problems are rooted in past athletic injuries or upsets that get stored in the MIND and BODY? Addressing these experiences are KEY in effectively and quickly resolving any block, fear or slump and get you performing like a champion again.

 

 

Are you struggling with a seemingly mysterious performance problem? Have you or your athlete suddenly lost basic skills?

Performance Slumps, Blocks and Fears are  COMMON

What many athletes, coaches and parents don't realize is that most repetitive sports performance problems are a result of past upsetting physical and/or emotional experiences that are often directly related to your sport. These include injuries, concussions, scary close calls, a fall off an apparatus at the gym, or collisions, as well as emotionally upsetting events like choking, being embarrassed or humiliated by a coach in front of teammates, or letting the team down. We automatically memorize these upsetting events, and long after they have been forgotten, the physical and emotional components of these upsetting experiences remain in our system. The next time we are in any way reminded of these upsets, (i.e having to compete at the same gym as the close call) or we're under pressure, then components from the original events (images, emotions, physical sensations, fear and negative thinking) break into awareness and we suddenly begin to feel unsafe inside. 

Even though I love riding and showjumping, I came to a point where I dreaded competitions and could only wish them over. This resulted many times in mistakes and freeze ups during my rounds. Working with Sara through solid mental techniques and new understandings, I was able to learn to be in the moment and unlock the riding skills I had during high pressure moments. Now, even with bigger competitions, I’m able to focus my energy on the things I should and, more importantly, immensely enjoy what I am doing.
— J.S, Philippines - 25 year old Equestrian Showjumper
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When our nervous system senses this danger, our biology as mammals takes over. What does this mean? The most important thing to mammals is SURVIVAL and when we are threatened, our nervous system will automatically react with a self-protective response. The most powerful reflex in our system is our survival response and it will easily trump our trained performance skills. Most people are familiar with FIGHT or FLIGHT. However, when we are about to do a back handspring on beam, walk on stage for that big number, or prepare for a double axle, you can't really fight or flee. You're trapped!

When any mammal is in danger and is blocked from protecting themselves with fight or flight, there is a third, default survival option that automatically takes over: the FREEZE or immobility response. Suddenly we can't get our body to do what it knows how to do. It is as if something is stopping us.

Without knowing it, the athlete is struggling with a repetitive sports performance problem. I help these athletes by teaching them effective techniques that will free them up to perform like their "old self" again!

  • Do you perform better in practice than competition?
  • Have you lost skills that you've had for years?
  • Are you easily psyched out or intimidated?
  • Do negative thinking and self doubts tie you up in knots?
  • Does your concentration abandon you, just when you need it the most?
  • Does fear paralyze you and prevent you from performing to your potential?
  • Are you injured and want to make the most of you "forced" down time?

 

What are the things you will learn working with Sara?

Mental Toughness Strategies

  • Recognize and avoid common mental traps
  • Effectively handle and master performance fears
  • Tune down your nervous system
  • Master last minute negative thinking and self doubts
  • Quickly rebound from mistakes, bad calls, errors, and tough breaks
  • Develop confidence building strategies
  • Stay calm the nights before and day of the big competition
  • Concentrate on what's important and let go of everything else
  • Better handle competitive pressure
  • Use mental rehearsal to enhance performance
  • Maintain winning motivation
  • Use goal setting correctly to lift the level of your training
Sara is an expert in her field! The progress we’ve seen in our gymnasts is absolutely amazing! We have a few gymnasts with fear issues, and since using Sara’s strategies and techniques, their progress has been phenomenal. We’ve seen great improvements in confidence not only in the gym but during the meets too. Sara is the “missing link” in our program that is making everything gel together...not just with the athletes, but the coaches too.
— Tayla, Owner- Hampshire Gymnastics School, Amherst, MA

What Parents and Coaches Need to Know

Many fears and blocks don't make logical sense to the adults involved who see no apparent reason for the athlete to struggle. In an attempt to be helpful, they may inadvertently begin to pressure the athlete or attribute the athlete's difficulty to being "willful," "stubborn," or simply not "trying hard enough." Unfortunately, this kind of reaction from the athlete's parents or coaches further contributes to the athletes feeling unsafe inside. The end result: The athlete gets that much more stuck.

It's important to understand that no athlete would deliberately choose to be stuck, paralyzed by performance fears or consistently fall apart under pressure. Demanding that the athlete must "just do it" or "go for it" doesn't help.  If it were as simple as making a conscious decision to not be afraid, or do the skill, then they would! The adult's job is to be supportive, patient, kind and understanding. Impatience and intolerance from the adults involved only serves to make things worse. If you think your athlete could use some support please get in touch with Sara for a free consultation. 

Sara is a priceless addition to our staff. She has helped both gymnasts and staff to understand the biological reasons for the blocks that occur within athletics. Her work at Hampshire Gymnastics has allowed girls to work through their fears on various beam and floor skills. She has also been instrumental in helping our girls recognize and diffuse the nervousness and anxiety that can creep up during competitions. They have found more confidence and joy in gym and at meets!
— Elizabeth, Coach-Hampshire Gymnastics School, Amherst, MA

Sara Vatore, M.Ed., BCC, SEP is the daughter of internationally known Peak Performance Consultant, Dr. Alan Goldberg, and has been training with him for the past 5 years. She is a Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach and a Somatic Experiencing ® Practitioner. With the techniques and skills learned from her father's 33 years of experience, along with the three year professional training in Somatic Experiencing® (SE), Sara uses breakthrough techniques in the field of peak performance to help athletes understand where they are stuck and how to turn it all around! As a competitive childhood softball player and dancer and a current Nia instructor, Sara understands the importance of the mind-body connection and it's direct effect on peak performance. Sara specializes in working with athletes across all sports, including gymnasts, divers, dancers, figure skaters, equestrians, basketball, soccer, baseball and softball players and cheerleaders to name a few. Sara's clients range from youth to adults. She is currently the Peak Performance Coach at Hampshire Gymnastics in Amherst, MA. With over 11 years of experience working with kids and their families and a background in school guidance counseling, Sara has a deep understanding of adolescents and the difficulties that they face. Reach out today for your free consultation and find out how she can quickly get you or your athlete back on track. 

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