Reviewed by Tim Boggan, Table Tennis Magazine, Nov-Dec 2008 Sports psychiatrist Dr. Mike Lardon is well known for having worked with PGA, NFL, and Olympic athletes. For almost 35 years he and his family have been friends with my family – originally through the now-Olympic sport of table tennis. Mike and my sons Scott and… Read more »
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Getting in the “Zone”
“The ‘zone’ refers to a higher state of consciousness where we perform our best; it’s something human beings innately strive for,” says Dr. Michael Lardon, a sports psychologist and author of the book, Finding Your Zone. Elite athletes always strive to perform at this level, but many have a hard time getting there mentally. To… Read more »
Dr. Michael Lardon helps golfers and other elite athletes achieve peak performance. He can help you, too.
Elite athletes are capable of finding it on a regular basis, and top golfers are often in it when clutch shots are made. It’s also discussed in daily life, and chances are you’ve been in it before, whether it’s generating your best report for school or work, conquering your favorite video game or making more… Read more »
Let Lardon Help You Find Your Zone
SAN DIEGO – Dr. Mike Lardon is a sports psychiatrist. The difference between a sports psychiatrist and a sports psychologist can be as wide as, oh, the Pacific Ocean. Unlike sports psychology, a largely unregulated field with a wide range of qualifications, sports psychiatrists such as Lardon are medical doctors. Lardon majored in psychology at… Read more »
Psychiatrist Finds Key To Entering Athletic Zone
Seventeen days before his big race at the 2002 Olympics, U.S. sledder Jimmy Shea got word that his grandfather, a 1932 gold medal winner, had been killed by a drunk driver. Reeling and distraught, he turned to sports psychiatrist Michael Lardon for counsel. At Lardon’s suggestion, Shea taped a picture of Grandpa Jack into his… Read more »
Performance-enhancing drugs: Where should the line be drawn and by whom?
ABSTRACT The integrity of sport is predicated on the assumption that all athletes compete on a level playing field. Unfortunately, the use and abuse of performance-enhancing drugs has become ubiquitous, creating complex challenges for the governing bodies of individual sports. This article examines the complexity of these issues within the world of professional golf, major… Read more »
What Are Eating Disorders?
An eating disorder is marked by extremes. It is present when a person experiences severe disturbances in eating behavior, such as extreme reduction of food intake or extreme overeating, or feelings of extreme distress or concern about body weight or shape. A person with an eating disorder may have started out just eating smaller or… Read more »
Doc: Tiger Has Mental Edge
LOS ANGELES, June 8 (Reuters) – The key to survival for players tackling the longest U.S. Open course ever at Torrey Pines next week is to be mentally disciplined and prepared for setbacks, says a renowned physician and sports psychiatrist. Dr. Michael Lardon, who has dedicated his career to helping elite athletes understand and more… Read more »
How Athletes Find The Zone
Michael Lardon figures it was serendipity. A top table tennis player growing up in New York, he had always been fascinated with the mental component of competition. “Who gets in ‘The Zone?’ How do they get in ‘The Zone?’ And most important, How do they stay there?” He enrolled at Stanford, took a pre-med science… Read more »
EX-LI’er Writes Golf Book About Getting Into the Zone
As a counselor to PGA Tour pros, Michael Lardon has talked major champions through the agony of ruining a whole week with one double bogey. As a golfer who grew up in Huntington, Lardon plays with a buddy who can shoot 79 at Sunken Meadow one day and 106 the next. And as an author… Read more »