Getting in the “Zone”

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“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 »

Let Lardon Help You Find Your Zone

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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

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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 »