The top seeded Louisville Women's soccer team beat the Providence Friars yesterday to take a trip to the Big East Conference Semifinals against West Virginia.
The team has been playing better down the stretch and a stark contrast to last year when the team started 7-0 but then lost 9 of their last 12. A part of the change involves IMG Performance Institute's mental conditioning and Alison Le Vine.
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Ferguson-Dayes is also doing something different this season. The team talks weekly with Alison Le Vine, who describes herself as a mental conditioning provider, from the Athletic & Personal Development program. In these meetings the team talks about goals and various concerns.
Alabama football coach Nick Saban might be the most famous college coach to use IMG's mental conditioning services.
âIt seemed like a different thing to pursue that could potentially give us an edge,â Ferguson-Dayes said. âIt's someone who is completely detached from the coaching staff, which I think is a safety net for the kids to be able to talk to her.â
Jones describes the weekly meetings, which are usually over the phone, as âvery beneficial.â
âIt's nothing I've ever experienced before,â she said. âWe talk about the games from the past weekend. What we did well. What we could do better. We set a goal for the week. I think it's been very helpful. It gets everyone on the same page.â