The High-Performance Athlete

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What do all High-Performing Athletes Have in Common?

More importantly, are these attributes something all athletes can learn and implement, taking them from good to great?

These are the questions Dr. Jason Winkle wanted answered.

And after over 5 years of in depth research, study, and application, he’s found the answer.

According to Dr. Winkle, what separates good athletes from the best in the world is the ability to achieve excellence in high-pressure, high-stress situations.

And these attributes can be taught and learned.

In his newest book, The High-Performance Athlete, Dr. Winkle shows coaches, teams, and athletes how to achieve excellence in any sport through practical application of high-performance training.


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What is High-Performance?

Any athlete and any team can have a lucky day securing a victory or achieving a personal best.

True high performance, however, is not a function of luck, providence, or hope.

It is the product of an intentional approach to training, a mission-focused mindset, and the ability to consistently achieve near-peak performance.  

This book addresses several of the key practices and behaviors that increase the chance for sustainable high performance by both individual athletes and teams.

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Why is it important to approach performance from fear, stress, and anxiety?

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Individuals or teams who are expected to perform on demand—at incredibly high levels—understand the power that anxiety, pressure, and fear possess.

Fail to mitigate these influencers and the athlete runs the risk of not reaching their potential.  

Many athletes benefit greatly with training in autogenic breathing, visualization, and self-talk monitoring.  These simple tactics help athletes reduce the stress response and allow them to perform at their best.

How does a student, athlete, or coach define excellence?

Excellence, like high-performance, is difficult to define but easy to recognize.

In the context of athletics, it is often referenced in regard to statistics and win/loss records.  I, however, views excellence as a disciplined approach to behaviors, choices, and personal accountability.

When viewed through this lens, excellence can be broken down into small actions that every athlete, coach, or student can execute to raise their level of performance.

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What Readers are Saying

“As an athlete, former law enforcement officer, and current special operator, the need to perform at a high level has been paramount in my life. The insights that Dr. Winkle shares in this book speak exactly to the mindset necessary to be a high level performer, on the battlefield, on the court, and in life. Learn well these lessons because in the world of special operations, performing at a high level might mean the success of the mission and the lives of your teammates.”

– Special Operations Soldier (Currently Serving)

“What Dr. Winkle has done with this book is something that many trainers across the board have tried to do for eons. That is, he has taken many “intangibles” and put them on paper to preserve them for all of time. He has organized information that is crucial to ANYONE who would consider himself a high performer at anything. These are lessons that are invaluable to maxing out your potential.”

– Sgt. Steve Chamness, S.W.A.T.

“Dr. Winkle’s real life experiences with the US Military, high-performance athletic teams, and individual athletes make this book a great read for coaches and professionals in a leadership position, giving insightful examples of what young athletes need to progress not only in their sport, but in real life situations.”

– James Hilvert, Head Football Coach, Thomas More College

“Without focus you rarely perform your best. Strangely having Dr. Winkle yell at you tends to make you gain focus rather than be distracted by the primal screams. This book has the skills, techniques and examples needed to perform your best.”

– John Plasse, Chief of Police, Sergeant Major

“This is a must read for EVERY athlete and team. Dr. Winkle is brilliant with his words in inspiring athletes and teams to be the best by raising their standard of excellence.”

– Kylie Hutson, Nike & Team Pacer, Professional Pole Vaulter

“I have known Dr. Jason Winkle personally for several years now as a mentor, coach, and friend. His book was exactly what I thought it would be—a guide for people who want to improve themselves. It is the perfect read for anyone who desires to perform at an elite level.”

– Alex Bettag, former collegiate athlete, current high school coach


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