Don Kalkstein

Sport Psychology Consultant at Texas Rangers

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Last Updated 12/5/2016

General Information

Employment History

Director of Sport Psychology  - Mavs

Assistant Coach for the Baseball Program  - Northwood University


M.A.  - 

advanced graduate degree  - Springfield College

Web References  

2007 World Champions: Coaches and Staff -

Don Kalkstein, Takashi Maeda, Russell Nua
Don Kalkstein • Major League Sports Psychology Coach

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Psychologists within the NBA - Dr. Ermshar & Associates - Pasadena Psychologists

Psychologist Don Kalkstein has been on staff for the Dallas Mavericks for over 15 years.
Kalkstein discusses how players score 20 points in one game and then are expected to get the same in the next, despite troubles in their personal life. Although NBA players receive immense physical training, players often lack mental skills training, says Kalkstein. To help eliminate pressure and anxiety, Kalkstein teaches players how to focus more on the process. Instead of thinking about, "I have to make this shot", the thought process should be more process-oriented, such as "I am going to catch and shoot, I'm going to get myself in a good position". Another intervention that Kalkstein uses is called the concentration grid, wherein players cross off numbers 0-to-100 on a grid in sequential order as quickly as they can. During this task Kalkstein distracts them. This allows them to develop extremely sharp focus. Kalkstein talks about how players are often told, "You have to focus", but they are never taught exactly how or what to do, and this tactic is tailored to do just that.

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Rachel Connor Golf - Favourite Things

Top coaches: David Leadbetter, Roger Dougherty, Kim Roberts, Andrew Nicholson, Gary Scheid, Dr Karl Morris, Jon Bullas, Mike Gough and Don Kalkstein

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