Back in the Game | Sports Performance Program

ROB BUMBACO LCSW, CMC

Sports Performance Programs

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Back in the Game is a program of The Better Institute®

What is Back in the Game®?

Back in the Game® is a sports performance program designed to help athletes develop the mental skills necessary to take their game to the next level. We’ve identified six core mental skills that are critical to developing a mental edge and amplifying talent. We provide coaching sessions to teams and private lessons to individual athletes based on these core skills. Back in the Game harnesses game-changing expertise to help athletes out-perform the competition and build on success.

Program Results

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Athletes in Back in the Game® Report

  • 20% increase in mental skills knowledge and application

  • 47% decrease in major depressive symptoms

  • 18% decrease in performance anxiety symptoms

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Coaches Report

  • Improved team cohesion

  • Athletes were better able to handle the ups and downs of a long season

  • Athletes learned how to focus on what’s important during the game

  • Athletes were better able to move on from mistakes

"The most influential parts of this program helped my mental game by showing me different ways to set goals and keep track of them. As well as stay level headed when going through different trials and tribulations."

"Made me more aware of the mental aspects of the game."

"It’s helped a lot… never would’ve thought how much the mental aspect would impact my game and even mindset off the court."

"It has made me more confident in my abilities and allowed me not to dwell so much on my mistakes but use them as building blocks to succeed."

"It has made me mentally stronger. Also it has taught me many ways to relax my mind so I can flourish."

"I think that this program has really challenged the mental aspect of my game by making me a student of the game."

Benefits

  • Advance sports performance via proven strategies that build confidence, increase motivation, improve focus and manage performance anxiety

  • Level out the ups and downs of competition and learn how to effectively cope with success and failure

  • Access resources and personalized feedback through assessments and exercises that target six core areas of mental skill development

  • Work with teammates to improve team chemistry, leadership skills, and goal-directed behavior.

Contact Back in the Game®

Contact 

rob@betterinstitute.com

(412) 343-0613

The Back in the Game® Team

Rob Bumbaco, LCSW, CMC

Back in the Game® was developed by Rob Bumbaco, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Mental Coach, and former Division 1 athlete. During his time playing competitive hockey, Rob noticed gaps in the support and services available to his fellow athletes. Combining his mental health training and experience on the ice, Rob has created a suite of tools to achieve optimal athletic performance.

Rachael Popcak, MSW, LSW

Rachael is a full-time mental health counselor and performance coach. She completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Rachael obtained her Master’s Degree in Social Work (Clinical Specialization) from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Licensed Social Worker and has received additional advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Rachael is a former competitive figure skater and dancer. She has specialized in performance skills training throughout her life, education, and career. Rachael has worked with athletes and organizations to help them achieve their sports performance goals. Her areas of expertise include mindfulness training, goal setting, and confidence-building.