CherryWellness - Health, Wellness & Fitness Consultation
Sports Excellence
Linda Cherry, PsyD, BSEd, CPT

Coaching Background
I coach middle and long distance running.  I have coached at the youth, high school, and adult level in both Hawaii and currently in Virginia.  

I also advertise on Coach where I am currently ranked the number one running coach in Virginia and nationally 4th for this organization.   I do not exclusively train runners.   I also specialize in running form correction and posterior chain development in athletes.  Many of my clients are soccer, lacrosse and football athletes.   

I am a consultant to NFA (National Football Association) quarterback specialist, Ty Crabb, with whom I do Sports Excellence with quarterbacks to optimize their performance on and off the field.  In additional to working individually with quarterbacks I also provide team sports excellence for two northern Virginia High School head coaches based on weekly needs to address both areas of challenge and growth on their teams.  Please see my tab on Sports Excellence for more information.

Athletic Background
Running: (1984-Current) Master's Division USA Track & Field (Current):  Events 5k/10k (5k personal best:  17:11)       --George Mason University:  NCAA Scholarship long distance       --Virginia Commonwealth University: NCAA Scholarship long distance       (All Conference Team)     --Lake Braddock Secondary School (Cross Country: Top 10 of all time)Figure Skating: (1978-1984) --Fairfax Ice Arena:  ISIA Freestyle 6Basketball:(youth) 3 years

                          Sports Excellence

The implementation of psychology in sports involves properly selecting and motivating athletes, so that each athlete performs and competes at his or her fullest capacity in their respective sport(s).  It is a key ingredient in training, not often considered until the pros. 

“Baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half is physical” Yogi Berra

Psychophysiological research examines the physiological (somatic) responses that influence or accompany cognition (thinking and emotion) and athletic performance.  For example, if an athlete’s poor performance is attributed to performance anxiety, to resolve it, it would be imperative to know the source of anxiety was coming from primarily somatic (i.e. muscle tension, increased heart rate, etc.) or cognitive (i.e. poor concentration, negative self-talk, poor concentration, etc.).  The field of psychology, through research, has developed techniques to not only reduce the undesirable states, but to in fact, improve athletic performance overall.

“The way he chose to think about himself would drive him through the workouts, the visualization exercises, and all the other things he needed to do to improve”
           Dr. Bob Rotella, Sport Psychologist
                        on his work with LeBron James

One technique, for example, that is one of the keys to success for athletes or others (i.e. musicians, surgeons) where fine motor skills are involved is learning to allow the subconscious mind to govern the applications of the skills needed for execution of greatness.  In teaching this principle, the goal is to “train it and trust it” which simply means learn the skill thoroughly so it becomes ingrained in the subconscious and is performed seemingly automatic.  At the crucial moment of execution, the athlete doesn’t think about it, they make it happen.

Is there a difference for a quarterback seeking to execute a pass when it is first quarter, first down, 10 minutes on the clock or fourth quarter, fourth down, 15 seconds on the clock....trailing by 6 points?  

         It wouldn’t take a rocket scientist to ascertain the difference is the mental state of the quarterback, not his skill ability. Right?


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