Rob Polishook, MA, CPC, mental training coach, is founder and director of Inside the Zone Sports Performance Group. He works with athletes and teams from junior players to professionals, helping them to uncover their mental edge, which is so often the difference between winning and losing. He specializes in helping athletes overcome performance blocks, work through the “unspoken” psychological trauma from injuries, extend their reach, and learn mental training skills, tools, and techniques.
Polishook’s nonjudgmental manner encourages athletes to work with performance issues using awareness, acceptance, and mind-body intuition. His focus is on the athlete as a person first and a performer second, recognizing that day-to-day experiences which occur both on and off the court directly impact how an athlete performs, especially under pressure.
Polishook earned a master’s degree in psychological studies with a concentration in sport and exercise psychology from Seton Hall University, and is certified in sport psychology and as a United States Professional Tennis Association coach. As a high school coach, he received the 2007 Coach of the Year Award for high school women’s tennis in Union County, New Jersey. He also received the 2008 United States Professional Tennis Association Eastern Division’s High School Coach of the Year Award.
Internationally, Polishook has presented his USTA-Eastern District award-winning presentation “Breakthrough on Break Points—Concentrate to Win” at Ramat Harashon, the flagship location of the Israeli Tennis Center and has taught in India at the Karnataka Lawn and Tennis Association. Nationally, he has presented workshops for the United States Professional Tennis Association conference, Seton Hall University’s varsity tennis team, as well as other conferences and college and high school teams in all sports.
Mentored by Jena Marcovicci, Rob Polishook currently collaborates with Alan Goldberg and David Grand, both recognized leaders in the field of performance and sport psychology.