The Playmaker's Advantage

How to Raise Your Mental Game to the Next Level

The Playmaker's Advantage

Discover how to improve your mental game—the next frontier in sports training—no matter your age or experience and become the Playmaker or the decisive general on the court or field.

Coaches search for it. Parents dream of it. Fans love it. Athletes want it.

The Playmaker on any sports team possesses it: an elusive, intangible quality combining anticipation, perception, and decision-making skills. This quality raises their game above the competition and allows them to pass when no one else can, anticipate the movement of opponents, and avoid costly mental mistakes, thus holding the team together.

Using today’s technology and tools, it is now possible to understand, assess, and train this sixth sense rather than just hope it magically appears. Now, for the first time, cognitive science research is revealing the secrets of the Playmaker’s keen sense of awareness. Just as tests of speed, strength, and agility have provided a baseline of physiological biomarkers, coaches can now capture cognitive metrics including attention, pattern recognition, anticipation, and the ability to take quick, decisive action during the chaos of competition.

The Playmaker’s Advantage is a groundbreaking book that will educate athletes of all ages about this essential creative capability in an accessible, easy to understand method.
  • Gallery/Jeter Publishing | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781501181863 | 
  • June 2018
List Price $35.00 (price may vary by retailer)


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About the Authors

Leonard Zaichkowsky

Leonard Zaichkowsky, PhD is a widely known performance scientist whose specialty is the psychophysiology of human development and performance. For over thirty years, he was a professor at Boston University with a joint appointment in the School of Education and School of Medicineuntil his retirement. During this time, he developed and headed what was arguably the leading sport psychology graduate training program in North America. Dr. Zaichkowsky has published over a hundred papers on sport and performance psychology, child development, sports medicine, research design, and related topics in scholarly journals or books as well as numerous magazine and newspaper columns.


Daniel Peterson

Daniel Peterson, MS is a writer and consultant specializing at the intersection of neuroscience and sports performance. With over twenty-five years of technology management experience and a graduate degree in Information Technology, it was his second life as a sports dad that ignited a curiosity of the thinking side of sports. In 2008, he began sharing his insights with others through his popular blog, Sports Are 80 Percent Mental. Today, he has over three-hundred-and-fifty science-based articles spread across the web.