In an article on 12 Ways to Stay Focused, Motivated, and Productive While Working, wherever people are, Assistant Prof. and Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Alan Chu discusses the importance of fulfilling our basic psychological needs—autonomy, competence, and relatedness—to stay motivated at work. His perspective can be seen at Smallpdf.
Do you know many world-class athletes such as LeBron James and Usain Bolt are “sleep champions”? Assistant Prof. and Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Prof. Alan Chu shares his insights on sport psychology, sleep, and productivity in the most recent episode of the Deep Into Sleep Podcast hosted by a clinical psychologist.
In an article in Online Daily, Assistant Prof. and Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Prof. Alan Chu shares one tip for online students to make sure to reach out to professors and classmates who seem “unreachable” during this time of quarantine and social isolation.
UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. and Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Alan Chu (Psychology) shared his insights on using the power of “yet” (a growth mindset) MyFitnessPal’s post titled 8 Strategies to Boost Weight Loss, According to Psychologists. “Success in school, work, sports and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by our mindset about our talents and abilities,” says Prof. Chu, “A growth mindset frames abilities and situations as changeable with hard work, and a fixed mindset frames abilities as inborn and not changeable.” To try it, Chu recommends adding the word “yet” to any challenge you’re currently dealing with. For instance: I haven’t reached my ideal weight … yet. I’m not making it to the gym three times a week … yet. I haven’t figured out an eating plan that works for me … yet. These types of statements signal to your brain that even though things aren’t exactly how you want them to be right now, you can get where you want to go with time and effort.
“When we are stressed, anxious, or frustrated during these challenging times, the sympathetic nervous system is activated and our body releases chemicals such as cortisol, adrenaline, and other stress hormones,” explains Prof. Alan Chu (Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology).
To help the body recover and reduce negative thoughts, Professor Chu advocates mindfulness and relaxation techniques including yoga and meditation.
“Mindfulness helps us acknowledge that we are not our thoughts and emotions. This perspective helps us be self-compassionate and not overthink stress and anxiety in order to prevent downward spiral.”
UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. Alan Chu (Chair of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology) was named Reviewer of the Year from a top kinesiology journal:, “Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science (MPEES).” He would have received this recognition at the SHAPE America Convention in Salt Lake City if the conference had not been cancelled. A video was made to celebrate this accomplishment along with others. You can see him at the 6:22 mark.
Assistant Prof. Alan Chu (Psychology) gave some advice to athletes during the coronavirus quarantine. Source: Wisconsin sports science doctor offers advice for athletes during quarantine | Coach&AD.
Assistant Prof. of Psychology Alan Chu, and chair of sports, exercise and performance, gave advice for athletes with canceled sports amid COVID-19 outbreak. Part of his advice includes accepting what has happened and trying to maintain a regular routine. Read more of his advice via A doctor’s advice for athletes dealing with canceled sports amid COVID-19 outbreak | WKOW.
UW-Green Bay Assistant Prof. and chair of the Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology Masters Program, Alan Chu, discusses how athletes can face the changes of the sports world due to the coronavirus pandemic. He believes athletes need to accept what is happening and to take this time to become a role model in society. He discussed strategies for athletes to cope with canceled or postponed events and how to keep up with their (mental) training amid the pandemic. More via an athletes approach amid COVID-19 | WBAY.
Undergraduate research assistant Alexandra (Sasha) Oosting (Pscyhology) recently worked with Assistant Prof. Alan Chu, (Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology) to publish an article in “Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators.” Their work discusses strategies for coaches to reduce the subliminal bias they may have towards their players through increased contact with players, increased awareness and increased diversity and inclusion on their sports teams. The article can be found here.