WHAT WE DO?
Training elite and recreational athletes to optimize sport performance and mental wellness/health.
Global-leader in the empirical development of assessment methods and programs aimed at concurrently optimizing sport performance mental wellness/health.
Students initiate community service activities and/or conduct research specific to sport performance optimization & mental health/wellness optimization.
Theory of Performance Optimization
Behaviors, thoughts, and feelings reciprocally interact to influence performance. Because feelings are often difficult to control, a major focus at TOPPS is to achieve optimum performance through cognitive and behavioral skill development.
Consistent with the tenants of optimization science, all cognitive and behavioral skills are somewhere along a continuum of optimization ranging from non-optimal to optimal. Therefore, professionals at TOPPS focus on determining and efficiently optimizing patterns of behavior and thoughts that have greatest impact on performance.
Continuum of Optimization:
Optimal Sport/Physical Health Performance
Participation in sport/exercise, nutrition, fluids, sleep/rest.
Optimal Relationship Performance
Helping others, expressing gratitude, being a leader, acting with kindness, respecting others, participating in social events.
Optimal School/Work Performance
Homework, reading, studying, doing research.
Optimal Creativity/ Artistic Performance
Dance, choir, music, comedy, drawing, painting, computer programming, graphic design, and writing/poetry.
Optimal Mental strength & Stability/Mental Wellness Performance
Objective thinking (just the facts), positive perspective (thinking what’s good about things), flexible thinking (brainstorming the possibilities).
"The TOPPS program combines an evidence-based approach with an easy to implement structure making it an ideal program for teams to integrate mental health and performance programming. The skills used provide an objective view of what matters to allow teams to understand how to evolve services to meet the needs of their specific population."
- Bryan Bernstein
Director of Performance Science
Cirque du Soleil