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Sport Psychology with Karlene (Sugarman) Pick, M.A.

Team Building and Mental Training in Sports

Karlene (Sugarman) Pick

This web site consists of various topics in sport and performance, some of which are excerpts from my book. They include:

If there are additional topics you would like to see on these pages, please contact me at the address below. I would be happy to consider them.

Mental skills training is for anyone who wants to improve their performance, in any arena.

Giving athletes tools they can apply day in and day out, on and off the playing field, is what brings me the most satisfaction. It is my passion. I am lucky to have found my passion! I want others to be able to do the same and feel the same satisfaction.

I approached writing my book the same way I ask athletes to approach their sport. Start with a dream: something that you want to make a reality. Uncover your mission or creed that will keep you going. Set long-term, short-term and daily goals to get you there. Then implement performance-enhancement techniques to help with the journey, such as relaxation, imagery, concentration and positive self-talk.

I feel the process of writing my book improved my abilities as a Mental Training Consultant tremendously. It has been a while since I was a competing as an athlete, but this book venture conjured up all the same feelings (and distractions) that come with wanting to achieve peak performance in any endeavor...and the same fulfillment on the day the book was completed. Here are some comments by reviewers:

"I highly recommend this book to those who wish a sound foundation in the mental side of sports. It should appear in the library of every coach and athlete who is invested in enhancing the mental skills that contribute to effective performance." (Bruce C. Ogilvie, Ph.D., Pioneer in the area of Sport Psychology, Professor Emeritus, Psychology, San Jose State University)

"Karlene's book provides 'good medicine' for players and coaches who are troubled in increasing complexities of the 'game within the game' of modern sports. This book is also a helpful tool for the everyday person who may be plagued with problems of stress and motivation as he seeks to win at the game of life. And that game can only be won one way: The mental way." (Dr. Jamie Williams, 12-year veteran of the NFL)

"A great tool for all athletes." (Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr., Owner, San Francisco 49ers.)

"A MUST read for athletes, coaches and instructors dedicated and motivated to achieving their ultimate goal: SUCCESS!!!" (Bob Quinn, Ex-General Manager, NY Yankees, Cincinnati Reds, SF Giants)

"Karlene's book will teach you how to bust out of emotional slumps, build team cohesion and manage pressure situations successfully. This will enable everyone to enjoy the process of training and competition more!" (Sue Enquist, Head Softball Coach, UCLA)

"This book is a MUST READ for anyone interested in obtaining peak performance. The methods and techniques taught by Karlene Sugarman are major league!!" (Rich Hill, Head Baseball Coach, University of San Diego)

For more information please contact Karlene at

Remember patience is a virtue! Good Luck!!


Karlene is a Mental Training Consultant and works with athletes and teams teaching mental training techniques and team building strategies. She works with athletes in sports such as golf, skating, swimming, tennis, gymnastics, baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, and others.

Karlene co-presented at the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) conference in Salt Lake City, UT (2009) and in Honolulu, HI (2011).

Karlene is an Adjunct Professor in the Sport Psychology Program at John F. Kennedy University.

Karlene is the author of the book, Winning the Mental Way: A practical guide to team building and mental training. She is also a member of the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

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