Army Center for Enhanced Performance Joins Army Race Team to Develop Mental Strengthening Program In the continuing spirit of the partnership between the U.S. Army and Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the No. 39 Army pit crew for Ryan Newman will work...
Army Center for Enhanced Performance Joins Army Race Team to Develop Mental Strengthening Program
In the continuing spirit of the partnership between the U.S. Army and Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the No. 39 Army pit crew for Ryan Newman will work in tandem with the Army Center for Enhanced Performance (ACEP) in an effort to jointly develop a specified training regimen to strengthen the mental and emotional skills that underlie human performance excellence.
The synergistic program is designed to benefit the Army Strong Soldier as well as the Army pit crew. Both the Soldier and pit crew member rely heavily on mental strength, teamwork and communication to achieve success in their mission.
The ACEP will observe and evaluate the No. 39 pit crew at this weekend's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS).
Two ACEP trainers will be on the grounds at MIS observing the race weekend routines of the No. 39 team and will follow-up by attending the team's post-race debriefing sessions early next week at the Stewart-Haas Racing shop in Kannapolis, N.C. The ACEP trainers will also closely watch practice and training sessions by the No. 39 over-the-wall pit crew.
Established within the Army since 2007 and headquartered in West Point, N.Y., the ACEP education and training stems from more than half a century of scientific research and best practices from the fields of sport and performance psychology. Using applied techniques from both disciplines, ACEP trainers teach Soldiers throughout the Army the mental techniques that help them to perform at their best when it matters the most.
Approximately 70 staff members comprise the ACEP with trainers having a master's or doctoral degree in the areas of performance and sport psychology. ACEP staff members are a mix of civilians and military personnel.
"True strength, not just physical but mental strength, comes out when the pressure is on," said Maj. Andrew Lennox, an ACEP staff member who will be one of the trainers observing the Army race team in Michigan. "Elite professional athletes and Soldiers, such as Special Forces, train the mental and physical components of their game with frequency, intensity and time."
Maj. Lennox added, "Now more than ever, the Army has recognized the need to raise mental fitness and mental strength training. In teaming up with the No. 39 pit crew, we can collaborate and gather information on the best techniques to take the Army team and the ACEP team to the next level in performance."
The ACEP program tailors its delivery to meet the needs of a wide spectrum of Army organizations and populations. The ACEP Performance Enhancement Model consists of an overview of the foundations of mental skills, a philosophy of excellence and five interrelated key mental and emotional skills: building confidence, goal setting, attention control, energy management and imagery.
"We are no doubt excited about jointly working with the Army Center for Enhanced Performance to help find ways to improve performance for our Soldiers and the Army race team," said No. 39 crew chief Tony Gibson. "Our pit crew faces pressure every week -- there is absolutely no room for error on pit road in order to be a successful race team.We all need to learnhow to consistently maximize performance in a make or break situation. We are fortunate and honored to have this outstanding U.S. Army partnership."