Arm Pump Solved: It’s All in the Mind – Part 1

This is part one of a three part series on the psychology of arm pump by Patrick J. Cohn, Ph.D. an expert in motocross psychology. I think no one in motocross has discovered the real cause of arm pump or why it happens. After studying the mind of athletes and racers for over 15 years, I think that most racers never consider what I think is the real cause of arm pump. My theory on arm pump is … [Read more...]

Arm Pump Solved: It’s All in the Mind – Part 2

This is part two of a three part series on the psychology of arm pump by Patrick J. Cohn, Ph.D. an expert in mental training for motocross. In part one, I discussed my theory of arm pump. Many theories about arm pump exist, but most of them say that arm pump is caused by poor fitness, having the wrong bike set up, or poor nutrition on race day. Based on my experience working with racers, arm … [Read more...]

Arm Pump Solved: It’s All in the Mind – Part 3

This is part three of a three part series on the psychology of arm pump by Patrick J. Cohn, Ph.D. an expert in mental training for motocross. In part two, I discussed one of the major mental breakdowns that cause motocross racers to get arm pump on the track. One mental breakdown is trying too hard in a race. I stated that racers try too hard because of the pressure they feel to succeed – to do … [Read more...]

Four Mental Keys for Motocross Starts

Motocross starts are the race within the race of motocross. In no other sport do you have 40 or so competitors hauling into the first turn with the engine throttle wide open to be the hole shot winner. To win the hole shot takes guts, courage, a confidence, and a fearless mindset. Although grabbing the hole shot does not guarantee a moto win, it certainly helps you get one step closer to it. … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Motocross Parents After the Moto

This tool is designed to help parents structure a positive feedback experience for their child post moto. The goal is to help the racer assess the moto without emotion and move forward with full confidence. Please note the following procedure: Start by making two positive comments about your son’s moto. Pick out two simple areas you can complement your son about... For example, “You really were … [Read more...]

Do You Put Other Racers on the Podium?

Do you pay more attention to other ranked racers in the field that have had success? Do you compare yourself to other riders when you get to the track? If you answered yes, then you are a candidate for psyching yourself out of the race. Psych-outs are usually self-induced based on your paying too much attention to other riders. It happens in all sports —rookies or younger athletes worry too … [Read more...]

Tune Up Your Motocross Mind on Race Day

It’s race time and all the intense preparation is over. You have trained hard, are confident with your pre-moto practice, have set up your bike for the track, and studied the track to find the fastest lines. You have done everything to prepare for the moto, but suddenly as you sit on the start line for your moto to start, a little voice in your head starts to question your ability and cause you to … [Read more...]

Psych Outs, Intimidation, and Mental Wrecks

Do you pay more attention to other named racers in the field that have has success? Do you compare yourself to other racers or teams when you get to the track for qualifying or practice? If you answered yes, then you are a candidate for psyching yourself out of the race. Psych-outs are usually self-induced based on your perceptions of an event or other riders. It happens in all sports—rookies or … [Read more...]

Racing Questions and Answers: Ask Doc

Dr. Cohn receives and answers questions from racers everyday to help you reach your peak. You can read Dr. Cohn's answers to questions on race psychology and teamwork in racing. If you have a question on race psychology or a particular mental game challenge in racing, please contact mental game expert, Dr. Cohn. Please give a brief background of your racing and the specific details of your mental … [Read more...]

What is Racing Psychology?

Discover how to quickly sharpen your race focus, boost confidence, and stay in control on the track! Dr. Patrick J. Cohn, race psychology expert, helps racers in all motor sports to improve mental toughness for racing to reach peak performance. Please browse our mental training programs for auto racers, motorcycle racers, and motocross racers. You can also browse our racing psychology articles for … [Read more...]