Athletic Coaching

Coaching for the Inner Edge: Practical Sport Psychology for Coaches

Coaches are continually searching for ways to gain the edge over their opponents. They work tirelessly to get their athletes in top physical condition, to develop their physical skills, and to implement successful routines and strategies for their teams. This physical training develops the athlete’s outer edge—the peak physical performance advantage over their opponents. But as most coaches realize, athletes also need an inner edge to perform successfully.

Coaching for the Inner Edge: Practical Sport Psychology for Coaches

Coaches are continually searching for ways to gain the edge over their opponents. They work tirelessly to get their athletes in top physical condition, to develop their physical skills, and to implement successful routines and strategies for their teams. This physical training develops the athlete’s outer edge—the peak physical performance advantage over their opponents. But as most coaches realize, athletes also need an inner edge to perform successfully.

Adeola Sonaike

Dr. Adeola M. Sonaike has a strong background in public health, specializing in chronic disease prevention and epidemiology. In 2011, she began her work with The Family Resource Network where she is responsible for the development, evaluation, expansion and oversight of national health and wellness programs for people with special health care needs. Passionate about inclusive health and wellness opportunities, Dr. Sonaike provides consultation services to additional National Organizations to assist them with the development of wellness initiatives.

Joseph Galasso

Dr. Joseph Galasso is a clinical, consulting, and sport psychologist. He works with elite athletes on an individual/team basis and currently provides psychological & performance services for several professional teams including the NY Red Bulls and NJ Devils. Dr. Galasso has a particular interest in creating adaptive, inclusive fitness and wellness opportunities for clients with intellectual, developmental, physical, and emotional disabilities. He is a founding partner and chief executive officer of The COR Behavioral Group: ABA & Autism Services.

Sarah Castillo

Dr. Sarah Castillo, a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), is the Program Director for the Sport and Performance Psychology Programs at University of Western States. Dr. Castillo’s passion is working with individuals and teams in their search for peak performance in any area of life. Prior to her tenure at National, she spent 9 years as a performance enhancement instructor at the United States Military Academy, West Point, working extensively with over 15 intercollegiate, intramural, and club athletic teams.

Douglas Barba

Dr. Douglas Barba is a sport psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Letters and Sciences at National University. He holds a doctoral degree in sport and exercise psychology from the University of Florida and a master’s degree from the School of Human Behavior at United States International University. Previously, Dr.

Ashley Coker-Cranney

Ashley is an adjunct instructor at West Virginia University, teaching undergraduate and graduate coursework on a wide range of topics related to sport, exercise, and performance psychology. She is also a psychotherapist for Whole Brain Solutions, LLC. in Morgantown, WV where she sees clients for a range of clinical and applied psychology services. Dr.

Chelsea Butters Wooding

Chelsea is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, and an Associate Faculty Assistant Professor at Nation-al University in the BA in Sport Psychology and MA in Performance Psychology programs. She received her PhD in Sport and Exercise Psychology from West Virginia University; her MA in Counseling from West Virginia University; her MS in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton; and her BA in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. Passionate about the applied side of performance psychology, Dr.

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