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What is the psychology of peak performance? How can it help me, my business, or my team? Click on the articles below for more insight and for information on the work of Dr. Sam Maniar and the Center for Peak Performance.


Hawken Announces Partnership with the Center for Peak Performance

Dr. Maniar to Speak about Mental Health in Sports at Northeast Ohio Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NEOIAAA) Spring Conference on April 25, 2022.


Dr. Maniar Invited to Speak about Confidence at USA Lacrosse "Lax Con 2022" on January 14, 2022.

Dr. Maniar to Speak about Mindfulness and Mental Health at USA Lacrosse "She Competes" Series on September 21, 2021 (virtual).


Dr. Maniar to Speak about anabolic steroids and mental health at the ALL ME Power Lunch on May 19, 2021 (virtual).

Dr. Maniar to Speak at Athlete Foundry's COVID Thought Leader Panel on August 22, 2020 (virtual).

Dr. Maniar to Speak at the 1st annual Symposium of Sport and Mind, November 9, 2018 in Bern, Switzerland.

Dr. Maniar to Speak at CVATD Meeting on October 25, 2018 in Akron, OH.


Dr. Maniar joins the Board of Advisors at Athlete Foundry

Dr. Maniar to Speak at ACH Building Young Athletes Symposium on March 2, 2018 in Akron, OH.


Dr. Maniar to Interview Chamique Holdsclaw at ACTING OUT! Arts Festival on September 14, 2017 in Cleveland, OH.

Dr. Maniar to Speak at Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association annual meeting and clinical symposium on May 12, 2017 in Sandusky, OH.

Sam Maniar chosen to be WVU Bolton Center for Sports Ethics speaker on March 17, 2017.

Dr. Maniar to Speak at 12th annual Summa Sports Health Symposium on February 24, 2017 in Akron, OH.

Sport Psychologist Maniar to Work with Akron Zips

SPIRE Institute Partners with Center for Peak Performance to help athletes gain a competitive edge.

Dr. Maniar to Speak at the American Psychological Association along with representatives from the NFL office on August 5, 2016 in Denver, CO.

Dr. Maniar to Speak at the Akron Marathon Runner's Institute on July 20, 2016 at the Wadsworth YMCA.

Dr. Maniar Invited to Speak at the "17th Annual Developing Your Knowledge, Skills, and Practice in Sport Psychology" Workshop on July 8-9, 2016.


Episodes of the I Love to Watch You Play Podcast with Dr. Sam Maniar can be found HERE

Sport Psychology and Teaching Mental HealthThree Guys in Three Cities podcast

Sport Psychology -- Handling the Pressure. ALL ME® Podcast, Episode 50, Taylor Hooton Foundation

Anabolic Steroids & Mental Health. ALL ME® Power Lunch-Series 1 Women Who Power Lunch, Episode 2, Taylor Hooton Foundation


Sport Psychologist Sam Maniar on Working for the Browns and Searching for Twix. Three Guys in Three Cities podcast

Trash Talking in Sports. WKYC Channel 3 News


Mental Training. Mental Mastery podcast

Mental Health and Student-AthletesCall to MACtion podcast.

Dr. Sam Maniar Discusses Sport Psychology, Panic Attacks. 1590 WAKR Akron radio interview

Gaining Entry into the World of Professional Sports. Bridging the Gap podcast



Ask Dr. Sam (Archives)I Love to Watch You Play

Are Club Sports Right for My Child? Mom Squad Pod.

How to be a Good Sports Parent. Mom Squad Pod.


Sideline Parents. aParently Speaking podcast

Kids and Sports. aParently Speaking podcast

How to Help Your Child Feel ConfidentI Love to Watch You Play

Why Your Child May be Losing Interest in their SportI Love to Watch You Play

How to Create the Right Mindset for KidsI Love to Watch You Play


NFL Has Been Slow to Embrace Mental Health for PlayersUSA Today.

Damar Hamlin's collapse offers mental health lessons in trauma, vulnerability for NFL players and fansAmerican Psychological Association.

Student-athletes having long overdue conversations about on mental health and life off the fieldBronx Times.

Developing a Growth Mindset. SPIRE I/A Wire.


How to Overcome Game-Day Anxiety. SPIRE I/A Wire.


Confidence: Where it Comes From and How to Get More of It. SPIRE I/A Wire.

Why So Many Athletes are Stressed...and What We Can Do About It. SPIRE I/A Wire.

Coronavirus Is Taking a Toll on Our Running Motivation. Here’s How to Handle ThatRunner's World

‘Unconscious rage’: In wake of Myles Garrett incident, professionals believe NFL lagging behind other leagues in mental skills treatmentAkron Beacon Journal

Infertility crisis launched Browns’ Chris Hubbard into mental health advocacyAkron Beacon Journal

Chamique Holdsclaw's Mind/Game documentary offers inspiration at Acting Out!

8 Hacks to Ease AnxietyI Love to Watch You Play

Free the Mind and Fewer Injuries May FollowNew York Times


Class on Psychological Skills Helps College Athletes Perform Better, Study FindsOSU Research


College Athletes Look for Mental


How Athletes Choke and How to Avoid ItPodium Sports Journal


Psychology in the StadiumAPA Monitor

Olympic Superstitions Include Lucky Undies, Fortune Cookies. Fox News

Suicide Risk is Real for Student-AthletesNCAA Times


Buckeye Head CoachThe O-Zone


Helping Student-Athletes Get Psyched UponCampus, Ohio State's Faculty Newspaper

Head Games: Players Learn to Meet Goals in Psychology SessionsSeattle Post Intelligencer


Somewhere to TurnSacramento Bee



When Success Brings You Loneliness -- Medium


How to Let Go and Let Things Happen -- Canvas Magazine


Students Hone their Skills at Accounting Conference -- Leveraging Your Emotional Intelligence to Enhance Your Effectiveness.


Rising Star Winner (Interview)Crain's Cleveland


Best Hotel Gym ViewsTravel+Leisure

“Sam has presented at two professional association meetings that I have attended...In both cases he was effective in providing useful and practical information in an engaging style. Sam is approachable as well, so asking questions or offering comments was comfortable during the presentation as well as after. Having observed MANY presentations, I have found that most presenters fall into one of two categories - pure entertainment (fluff) or pure information (boring). Sam is one of the few presenters who finds a balance.”

Workshop Attendee

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