The work that players put in with the strength and conditioning staff in the team’s weight room is fairly obvious, with tangible results.
But guard Zane Beadles goes beyond physical workouts during his offseason training regimen.
He enlists the help of sports psychologists to help round out his game and increase his leadership abilities.
“I try to stick to the things that have helped me be successful in the past and keep building on that stuff,” Beadles said. “I’m still working with the sports psychologist, trying to take on more of a leadership role maybe in my room. But not a lot has changed. I feel like I’m really settling in to what it means to be a pro and really how to approach an offseason and getting ready for training camp and all that stuff. It’s just being more and more comfortable every single day with that side of things.”
In addition to his work in the weight room, Beadles visits Elite Sports Services in Parker, Colo., where he works on visualization training.
The company helps athletes develop psychological skills to help them reach their full potential.
Training sessions work on anxiety amplification or reduction, attentional training, mental rehearsal and deliberate practice.
“I actually started doing some computer-generated stuff that is for 3D, spacial-recognition stuff,” Beadles said. “It is pretty cool stuff and some teams I think are starting to use it and it can be advantageous. The way I look at it is that it is not going to hurt me. Anything I can do to help.”
“That (3D software) is a new thing I’m adding on and the place that I go is the first place I think west of the Mississippi (River) that has it,” Beadles added. “It’s exciting stuff.”
Beadles, who is a pro rep and spokesperson for Elite Sports Services, said that he has talked to some of his teammates about giving it a try in the future.
“I’m trying to set up some guys coming in and having a big group of guys come and check it out and see who might be interested in doing some more of that,” Beadles said. “The way I look at it is that anything that I can bring the guys to help them be successful is a good thing.”
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