Swim sport Psychology is focused on mind and body in action for sport, health and performance.
Swim Sport Psychology develops training materials which blend contemporary sport psychology and behavioral medicine, and traditional Asian Mind-Body systems.
These are based on Dr. Heil’s work with Olympic, professional and aspiring athletes, as well as his experience as a coach and athlete. They also incorporate input from coaches and athletes.
Swim Sport Psychology’s underlying unifying principles, services and products reflect mind-body interaction and performance under pressure.
Training to master the psychological aspects of swimming
Our Swim Sport Psychology Training Materials are designed to systematically prepare the athlete for a competition environment that demands maximal effort, with attention to pacing and precise technical execution, pain & fatigue tolerance, and for a long duration race day which requires optimal recovery. Swim Sport Psychology’s overall program supports a wide range of performance skills ranging from the specific, like goal setting, to the holistic such as optimizing sport-life balance.
These training materials are an outgrowth of Dr. Heil’s work with the International Swim Coaches Association, where he serves on the Sport Science Board. They are also based on consulting with individual swimmers, as well as experience with Modern Pentathlon Army World Class Athlete program.
Swim Sport Psychology’s training materials fill a unique niche within sport psychology in that they are swimming-specific. The visual enhancement of the otherwise traditional eye-closed approach to mental training offers a wider range of applications and enhances the training to performance skill transfer.
DR. JOHN HEIL, DA, FAASP, FAPA
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Certified Mental Performance Consultant
United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry
Fellow, Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Fellow, American Psychological Association
Major League Baseball-Substance Abuse Counselor
Past President, Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology
Psychological Health Roanoke, Roanoke, VA
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke, VA- Lecturer, Psychiatry (since 2009)
Carilion Clinic, Roanoke, VA-Psychology Consultant, Medical Rehabilitation Unit (since 2019)
Veterans Affairs Medical Center Psychology Internship, Salem, VA (since 1992)
Roanoke City Police Academy, Roanoke, VA (since 2003)
International Swim Coaches Association, Sport Science Board (since 2013)
USA Fencing Sport Psychology Consultant (since 1995)
Chip Magdelinskas has been involved in the field of communications for over 35 years. For 12 of those, Chip headed Focal Point Productions, a corporate communications firm he founded. Here he worked with a roster of Fortune 500 clients including Sports Illustrated, CBS Broadcasting, Forbes Magazine, and Group W Broadcasting.
Productions for Readers Digest and LifeFleet have been Telly and New York International Film Festival award winners.
Chip has also held senior communications positions in the health care field at CareLine, Inc., MedTrans, and American Medical Response.
Currently Chip performs communications consulting services while serving as head of Celebrate Life! Productions.