How Self-Intimidation Destroys Confidence

In "Sessions with Doc," Dr. Patrick Cohn answers your sports psychology and mental training questions about coping in sports when intimidated by the competition. Visit and click on contact us to submit your question for Dr. Cohn to answer in his mental game videocast or podcast. Here's the question Dr. Cohn answers this week about Dealing With Intimidation In Auto … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Motocross Parents – Post-Moto Interaction

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 … [Read more...]

Four Mental Keys for Motocross Racers

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. Rick … [Read more...]

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

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 well for their parents, impress sponsors, and win friends. Practice results do not matter because you don’t have to win practice, but in races … [Read more...]

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

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 pump begins in the mind, but then shows up as a physical problem on the track. Why would racers only have arm pump in races or big races and not … [Read more...]

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

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 that it is all in the mind. Imagine this scenario…You are on the start line ready for the next moto. You have trained hard, sweated … [Read more...]