HARROD — Bruce Boguski has overcome physical and mental challenges in his life.
At age 18 he was partially paralyzed in an auto accident. Doctors told him he might never walk again, but he left the hospital after a few months under his own power.
It took two years for him to recover full use of his body.
“They’d misdiagnosed everything,” Boguski said. “Back then the diagnostics are not as good as they are today, and they thought my spinal cord was broken. It was just stretched to the max, so it took a long time for that to grow back.”
He went on to become a two-time state champion in racquetball and played on a state championship softball team.
Later on, he was the head basketball coach and assistant football coach at Van Buren High School and was men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of Findlay.
Boguski, president of The Winner’s Edge, a peak performance consulting firm in Findlay, was at Allen East High School on Wednesday night speaking to athletes and their parents about the mental side of sports.
He told the Allen East athletes about how to get into the zone.
“In order to do that, you have to control three things: your thoughts, your body and your emotions. Emotions are the key,” he said.
Getting in the zone can vary among each athlete as they prepare for a sport.
“Some people like it warm, some cold. Some like music pumped in when they’re playing; others like it very quiet. That has an effect on how you’re going to perform. Some are better in the morning than they are in the afternoon, and there are ways you can adjust your bodily clock,” he said.
Many times athletes say and do things that are self-defeating.
“A lot of times things they say, body language, not practicing the mental part,” he said. “Actually, the mental part, I believe, is more important than the physical part and yet I’ll ask them when I first start out, how much time do you spend working on the mental part of your game? And most of them don’t even know, and they’ll say 10 or 15%. But I’ll ask them a question before that. I’ll ask them how much of your sport is mental, and they’ll say, 80 to 90%. They’re only working on 15% of the time doesn’t make sense, and so I’ll teach them things they can actually use in study hall, before they go to sleep at night, visualization techniques that every great athlete uses,” Boguski said.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.