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Mental Performance

Vanessa Shannon, Ph.D., director of mental performance for University of Louisville Athletics and Norton Sports Health, provides support, guidance and instruction to elite athletes. Her tips for achieving your best address mental conditioning and preparation.  Dr. Shannon’s expertise has been featured in numerous articles, interviews, and videos.

Mental Performance Resources

Learn more about Dr. Shannon’s work with mental performance through interviews and stories:

About Norton Sports Health

No matter what type of athlete you are, Norton Sports Health can provide you with the care you need. From high school to professional, from older adults to weekend warriors, we prevent sports-related injuries and get you back to the activities you enjoy.

  • Norton Sports Health specialists are trained and experienced in caring for sports-related injuries and conditions.
  • Our team includes orthopedists, neurologists, primary care physicians, professional athletic trainers and physical therapists.
  • Our providers work together to provide advanced care for athletes and individuals of all ages.
  • We design customized programs that meet your specific needs and help get you back to your active lifestyle.
  • Our sports health specialists serve as medical directors for the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon/Marathon.
  • We provide athletic trainers to high schools and colleges in Louisville and Southern Indiana.
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Taper training before race day

If you are running the Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon or Marathon, a few weeks before the race is the time to start thinking about tapering. Part of most training plans, tapering gives your body time […]

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Athletic trainers have taken the lead helping keep athletes safer during the COVID-19 pandemic, getting them back to competition while keeping them safer from infection. The 31 Norton Sports Health certified athletic trainers have helped […]

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An athlete’s recovery from concussion follows a step-by-step process

The typical time it takes an athlete to recover from a concussion ranges from two to six weeks and follows an evaluation at each step before the athlete is approved to return to play, according […]

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Heart damage in college athletes after COVID-19 infection

A collaboration between Norton Healthcare, the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University aims to evaluate student-athletes for heart damage after having the COVID-19 virus. Norton Healthcare is uniquely positioned to facilitate this partnership: Norton Sports […]

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With repaired shoulder, St. X quarterback feels ‘brand-new’

St. Xavier High School quarterback Jack Sivori can’t pinpoint the day he injured his shoulder. But as the 2019 football season progressed, throwing became more and more painful. “I couldn’t throw as hard, and I […]

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