Manta Ray Partners

Dr. Barbara Walker and the Center For Human Performance are partnering with the Mason Manta Rays to provide a   3 session series that will teach our older athletes the essential mental skills, complementing their physical skills and ability, allowing them to greatly improve their performance in swimming.   

"As an athlete, how you think directly affects your performance.  After all, the mind controls the body.   Helping to facilitate understanding of your thought processes and then making the appropriate changes to help you automatically Peak Perform is what Sport Psychology is all about."

"Utilizing Sport Psychology techniques that we teach will give you excellent mental skills necessary for you to maximize your performance and see results."

This series will be held at the Mason Community Center Cafe' room from 6-7 p.m. Natl & 7:15-8:15 p.m. Platinum:

·          Monday, January 24*

·          Monday, January 31*

·          Monday, February 7*

*Platinum swimmers will have dryland be optional.

The cost is $50 per athlete (BOTH WORKSHOPS ARE FULL) for the series and will be limited to the first 15 athletes. Sign-up by emailing Coach Ken at [email protected].  Checks should be made payable directly to Dr. Walker at the first session.


Within the Series we will cover:

·  Introduction and importance of mental skills

  • Controlling nervousness, distraction and anxiety
  • Assessing your internal and external distractions and learning how to minimize them
  • Relaxing and concentrating on cue
  • Increasing your self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Managing your stress
  • Seeing yourself as successful
  • Increasing mental toughness

About Dr. Walker:

·          Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Exercise and Sport Psychology

·          Licensed Psychologist

·          Certified Consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology International and national experienced consultant at multiple athletic levels, from professional to high school sports.

·          National professional conference presenter

·          Consultant to Fortune 500 companies

·          Competitive triathlete, cyclist marathon runner, and former team member of U.S. National Duathlon Team; current Ohio State Time Trial Age Group Champion; Ranked 11th Nationally

·          Performance psychology consultant for individual athletes, athletic teams, businesses, and performing arts

·          Guest expert on radio and television

·          Serves on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon and Queen City Wheels Cycling.