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Mental wellbeing is not a one-size fits all approach.
MAPs offers Online Mindfulness Programs customized for specific professions and populations delivered through self-paced learning modules.

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it’s time to give energy and attention to you.


You as an athlete are stressed.
And why wouldn't you be?

Being an athlete is intense. You are constantly pushing yourself physically, emotionally, and mentally. Your life is spent striving for perfection and navigating disappointment. From dedicating countless hours training and practicing, to ever present fear of injury, it’s no wonder that mental health concerns impact athletes at all levels.

34% of elite athletes experience anxiety and depression1
1 out of 4 college athletes report clinically depressive symptoms2
High school athletes report higher levels of negative emotions and sleep disturbances compared to non-athlete students. 3

With internal and external pressure to perform, what started out as something you love can lead to stress, burnout, and feeling overwhelmed. The good news is just as you train for physical conditioning, there are practices and exercises for mental conditioning as well. While training your body is important, your mind is your strongest muscle. MAPs is here to coach you. 

1British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2019
2NCBI, 2016
3Journal of Athletic Training, 2015

Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) for Athletes was developed because performance training isn't just for your body. It’s time to focus on your mental fitness.

What is MAPs for Athletes?

Mindfulness for Athletes, taught by a Major League Sports Psychologist, Performance Coach, and Former Division 1 Athlete

A comprehensive approach to stress management for athletes. Our online program is custom designed for the unique stressors and challenges faced in sports, emphasizing athlete mental health.

Our 5 engaging modules offer insights and tips across the fields of Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Self-Compassion for elite mental training to help athletes manage stress, sharpen focus, enhance performance, and find balance. The bonus module on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) focuses on how to recognize and respect differences, and appreciate shared commonalities.

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What Will I Learn?

Approximately 7 hours of video content and practice exercises covering the following topics:

Module 1
Getting in the Zone 

Meet your program co-hosts, get an introduction to the foundations of Mindfulness, and understand how being present can help you increase your focus and get “in the zone.” 

Module 2
Stress & Resilience:
Bouncing Back

Explore the science of stress and learn how to manage feelings of discomfort and negative emotions to become more resilient. Identify your unique Character Strengths that help you to meet your goals, overcome challenges, and thrive in your sport and in life.

Module 3
Mindfulness for
Peak Performance

Build on the Mindfulness skills you have been developing and apply them to the context of your own sport. Learn practices, tools, and tips for sharpening your concentration and attentional control, shifting your focus, and resetting your mindset in stressful moments. Break down common “mindfulness myths” among athletes in order to effectively train your mind for peak performance. 

Module 4
Being Your
Own Teammate

When you make a mistake, is the voice in your head one of an encouraging teammate or a taunting opponent? Discover what Self-Compassion truly is and the various practices you can use to motivate yourself with Self-Compassion rather than criticism. Understand how perfectionism may actually be preventing you from accomplishing your goals, and how you can better set yourself up for success. You are your own MVP!

Module 5
& Connection

Use Mindfulness tools to communicate more clearly and strengthen your connection with coaches, teammates, and other valuable players in your life. Learn useful strategies to manage social anxiety and communication phrases to help you respond to triggers in a more skillful way.

Cory is a former monk, mindfulness advisor for the Dr. Oz show, and bestselling author. He has taught Mindful Leadership at Columbia University, is an instructor of Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, and for the last ten years has offered mindfulness workshops and retreats around the world. Named by Dr. Oz as one of the nation’s leading experts on mindfulness, his meditations have been heard more than 10 million times in over 100 countries. Cory is the host of the top ranked podcast, Practicing Human, host of the mindfulness app and platform,, and author of the bestselling book, Stop Missing Your Life: How to Be Deeply Present in an Un-Present World.
Cory Muscara, MAPP
Program Co-Host
and Multi-Program Contributor
Dr. Jonathan Fader is a licensed clinical and performance psychologist. He is best known for working with professional athletes in the MLB and NFL, including The New York Mets and The New York Giants. Fader is the co-founder of Union Square Practice, a mental health center, and Sport Strata, a performance coaching group, located in New York City. Dr. Fader regularly works with athletes, performers, entrepreneurs, businesses, schools, physicians and with first responder groups such as The New York City Fire Department (FDNY). He speaks to groups on topics of mindfulness, motivational enhancement, improving performance, stress reduction, communication, and team building. Dr. Fader is a Motivational Interviewing trainer and is part of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He is a co-author of Coaching Athletes To Be Their Best: Motivational Interviewing in Sport as well as his debut book Life asSport.
Jonathan Fader, Ph.D.
Program Co-Host
Liv Massey is a Mental Performance Coach and Mental Health Counselor in New York City. She received her Master's degree in mental health counseling with a specialization in sport and performance psychology from Boston University. Liv was a 4-year NCAA Division I Track and Field athlete who competed at Bucknell University. Liv is currently a member of the Manhattan-based coaching group, Sport Strata, where she works closely with Dr. Jonathan Fader to deliver performance coaching and counseling to individual clients and groups. Liv has specific expertise in the delivery of mindfulness-based interventions that help performers develop abilities in attentional control, metabolizing mistakes, mental preparation and optimizing their mindset to be able to perform at their best and enjoy their lives more fully. Liv has coached performers across a variety of settings including NCAA Division I & III programs, the New York City Ballet, Team USA, elite youth performers, entrepreneurs, first-responders and more.
Liv Massey, M.ED, LMHC
Program Co-Host
Valerie transformed her high-pressure, twenty-year career as a lawyer-lobbyist, representing educational institutions and nonprofits, to human-scale work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy, compassionate, and authentic connections. She is an accredited leadership coach, international retreat leader, writer, and Chief Mindfulness Officer of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness and leadership, and is a Co-Director of Georgetown’s Institute for Transformational Leadership.
Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC
Multi-Program Contributor
Crystal is a yoga and mindfulness educator, speaker, and writer. She has practiced yoga and mindfulness for 20 years and was a middle school teacher for 5 years. Crystal consults for research studies on yoga and mindfulness at CUNY Hunter and serves on the Yoga Alliance Committee for Diversity, Accessibility and Inclusion.
Crystal McCreary
Multi-Program Contributor
Itzel Hayward is a compassionate and fierce advocate for love. After serving as a public policy lawyer for 13 years, Itzel left her legal career and founded Attuned Living, a mindfulness and wellness organization that helps individuals heal the sense of separation they feel from others — or even from themselves. Her unique work — based on the teachings of yoga, mindfulness, and compassionate communication — ranges from promoting social justice work within organizations and communities to guiding individuals on their search for personal and professional fulfillment. Today, Itzel holds retreats, classes, trainings, and private one-on-one sessions online, over the phone, and in person with people from all over the world. Her mission is to gently remind you of your individual wholeness and your interconnectedness with others and all of life.
Itzel Hayward, JD
Multi-Program Contributor

“Put mental health first, because if you don’t, then you’re not going to enjoy your sport and you’re not going to succeed as much as you want to. So, it’s okay sometimes to even sit out the big competitions to focus on yourself because it shows how strong of a competitor and person that you really are, rather than just battle through it.” - Simone Biles, US Olympic Gold Medalist

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