Psychological Impact of Injury, Dr Justin Ross, Sports Psychologist Denver

Dealing With Illness and Injury

Dealing with illness, disease or injury is both physically and psychologically demanding. The psychological impact of illness or injury is profound, and for many, more difficult to manage than the physical components. Yet, so often these psychological experiences go unrecognized or untreated. No where do I see more of a psychological impact than with those who[…]

Sports Psychology Expert Dr Justin Ross Managing Excitement at Boston Marathon

Managing Race Week Excitement/Anxiety – Boston Marathon Edition

IT’S BOSTON MARATHON WEEK! I can hardly believe that it’s upon us. A lot of people (including myself) have dedicated countless hours training, working extremely hard to earn the right to toe the line at the Boston Marathon. For many, this is a once in a lifetime achievement. Performing well at the Boston Marathon will require[…]

Sports Psychology Denver, Dr Justin Ross

High Performance Mental Skills Training

High Performance Mental Skills Training You’ve seen the scenario play out before: You start something athletic-related—a training program, a tempo session on the track, a self-care practice like foam rolling, your target race—and you are gung ho. You are confident you will NAIL IT this time. Then, an obstacle hits. The flu invades your house,[…]

Mental Toughness and A Missing Cat

What I Learned About Mental Toughness From My Missing Cat

Preface: I never imagined I’d be writing a blog post about my cat. But here I am, and here we go. On Wednesday, February 22 our beloved  13-year-old cat, Aspen went missing. This was most unusual for several reasons. First, she’s an indoor cat only who’s spent maybe a total of 3 hours of her[…]

Kaizen at MindBodyHealth Denver, Clinical Psychologist Dr Justin Ross

What is Kaizen?

What Is Kaizen? I’ve heard the idea of Kaizen spoken about A LOT in 2016. Numerous authors have used this concept in their works on self-improvement, performance enhancement, productivity, and climbing the corporate ladder. Kaizen has been spoken about on podcasts and featured in blog posts in much the same way, often being alluded to as[…]

Strength Running Podcast with Jason Fitzgerald

Strength Running Podcast With Jason Fitzgerald

I recently had the opportunity to be a guest on the Strength Running Podcast with Jason Fitzgerald, talking about sports psychology as it relates to running. We talk a lot in this interview on the enormous mental component involved in sports, especially endurance sports. Knowing that without having the right mindset about running, training, and performing, you’re destined[…]

Denver Sports Psychologist Dr Justin Ross

Sports Psychology Webinar Series Preview

I am excited to announce the beginning of a Sports Psychology Webinar Series that will be launching in 2017 in conjunction with the Train Like a Mother Club! This group will involve discussion of key elements promoting success in sport, including sessions on motivation, goal setting, adopting a high performance mindset, using visualization for success,[…]

race anxiety sports psychology denver dr Justin Ross

Managing Race Anxiety For Optimal Performance

It’s spring race season! One of my favorite times of the year. Managing race anxiety and excitement is imperative for success this season, regardless of distance. Marathon, half marathon, 10 miler, 10k and 5k racers can all benefit from the same applied principles when lining up on race day in order to effectively manage race[…]

Comparison is the thief of joy, Dr Justin Ross Denver Psychologist

Comparison is the Enemy of Joy

Comparison is the thief of joy. ~Theodore Roosevelt (one of my favorite quotes) A prevailing concern in many clients who come to my office is an unhealthy level of comparison. Unfortunately, comparison is a deeply ingrained human tendency experienced by all of us in different intensities and with different targets. Look at the prevalence of such[…]

The Role of Commitment Devices in Behavior Change

At any given moment, a significant percentage of the population is working to change some form of behavior, often targeting health; with New Year’s resolutions, weight loss, smoking cessation, and stress reduction toping the list. When it comes to identifying positive behaviors, we mostly understand the general guidelines: get adequate levels of movement, stop eating junk food,[…]