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Dr. John Murray here. Congrats for finding just one of the many
tools I use to help football teams. While the MPI received national publicity last year,
forecasting Tampa Bay's upset blowout in the Super Bowl,
the real benefit of hiring a mental coach/sport psychologist is
to gain valuable insight into the team and player's mental skill level.
Mental training is the area most often neglected in sports
because there are only a handful of authentic sport
psychologists. Since every player
is unique, by understanding the player's mental makeup, and then
providing specific training, the player improves, the team improves, and winning is
results from the 2003 Super
Bowl are below. However, this does not include the extensive
written report that you will recieve.
The MPI measures mental performance in
football as seen in "focused execution" and
"intensity/pressure management." Scores range from .000 to 1.000 and
reflect degree of perfection in performance
Total = .423
Offense = .500
Defense = .607
Special Teams =
Special Teams = .644
analysis of the Raiders and Bucs scores on the MPI in the
playoffs before the Super Bowl assisted Dr.
Murray in saying that the Bucs would likely win by a huge
is the MPI?
Murray Performance Index™ (MPI™) is just one tool that sport
psychologist Dr. John F Murray uses to quantify
observed team mental performance in a football game. It is like an index
of perfection, and the percentage scores indicate how close a
team came to a flawless performance in a game.
How is the MPI useful?
MPI provides a football team an accurate rating of how
they "performed" in every phase of a game (offense,
defense, special teams and overall) independent of the final
score, which often does not reflect actual performance and can
often be very misleading - causing players to either become
overconfident or unjustifiably negative after a game. It's just one of many ways
to get players and coaches to thinking of excellence in focus,
execution and pressure management.
Why is it needed?
and coaches often minimize the extreme importance of mental
skills in football. The MPI quantifies this important factor.
Winning is the obvious goal of every game, but athletes
often dwell on outcome. This often lead to inappropriate focus and
lower than optimal performance. Teams become overly excited or
discouraged after a game. The MPI shows them exactly how well they
performed and where they need to improve!
MPI is based on sport psychology principles, and provides the
coaches and team
a huge mental advantage over the upcoming opponent. Dr. Murray's
brief interpretive summary after each
game further explains how the team performed, what the
numbers mean, and what steps are needed to improve mentally in their
do the numbers relate?
Scores are like a batting average in baseball, ranging from .000
to 1.000. .500 is average. Teams set
goals to reach a certain score. Dr. Murray predicts that if a
team scores 70 or more on the total score, they will win the
game 99% of the time. Scoring
is based on set rules with some minor interpretive flexibility
based on Dr. Murray's professional judgment and experience.
How will the Murray Performance Index help my football
The MPI is just one tool, but it clearly shows how your team
actually performed. By using the MPI, Dr. Murray can quantify your team's
pressure management skills and focus ability in crucial
moments of a game. This is a useful springboard to illustrate
how to improve these skills through
individual and group work.
contact Dr. Murray by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by telephone in the United States at: (561) 596-9898 or (561) 805-8662 (fax).
The below story appeared in the Arizona Republic -
"Football Shrink Called It"
The Raiders were favored in San Diego, but the Buccaneers
would win Dr. John
F. Murray, sports psychologist and creator of the Murray
Performance Index, told you so.
Football Shrink" used the MPI, which quantifies the degree
to which a team performs to perfection, to forecast that Tampa
Bay would dominate
Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII. His bold prediction -
the Bucs would win by at least two touchdowns - was
broadcast on more
than 270 radio stations in the week leading up to the game.
the Tampa Bay defense was superb and much better than
Oakland's offense, but the Buccaneers executed better in
all phases of the game
and handled pressure situations better," Murray said.
performance index, which was heading upward in their previous
two playoff games, continued, and so did the Raiders'
trend downward." The
Buccaneers' 48-21 Super Bowl victory was reflected in the MPI
scores from Murray's play-by-play analysis of the game.
Tampa Bay compiled a .563
index out of a possible 1.000; Oakland, .423.
Murray, a 41-year-old Ph.D. licensed sport psychologist,
evaluated every NFL
playoff game, assigning point values on each play. A
3-yard run may earn 50 points, a sensational clutch catch
play with penalty or turnover zero. Game totals range
from 0 to 100
percentage points (perfection).
John F Murray, PhD – Licensed Sport
Psychologist – Telephone:
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