Rockford Riptide Partners with Respected Sports Psychologist Dr. Eddie O’Connor

Eddie O'Connor, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical and sport psychologist at Mary Free Bed Sports Rehabilitation in Grand Rapids. He is a Certified Mental Performance Consultant and Fellow through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology; and member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry. Dr. O'Connor speaks nationally and is a frequent media expert on overcoming the barriers to excellence. He is author and host of "The Psychology of Performance: How to Be Your Best in Life" through The Great Courses.


Rockford Riptide Mental Training 

To complement our physical training, we are excited to announce that Rockford Riptide is partnering with a respected sports psychologist Dr. Eddie O’Connor. Riptide will host a series of interactive workshops focused around mental training where Dr. Eddie will work with the swimmers on training techniques. Dr. Eddie will also attend a practice and a meet to work with swimmers.  

We believe supplementing what we do in the pool will provide immeasurable benefits to our athletes as they compete day-to-day and during championship season.

The goal is to help teach our swimmers tools that drive mental toughness, which is defined as the ability to consistently perform toward the upper range of your talent and skill regardless of competitive circumstances.

We encourage you to visit his website at   

You can also watch his first seminar at and print his mental training tips.

Please reach out to Julie Fisher at [email protected] if you have any questions.