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Sports Psychology

Most athletes agree that a large percentage of their sport is mental and that the majority of their mistakes are mental mistakes. Yet most athletes spend little to no time strengthening their “mental muscle.” Why?

Performance Psychology

Business consulting with Dr. Todd Kays is inspiring and unique and is based on relationships and results.


Dr. Todd Kays and his consulting staff of counselors and psychologists are generalists in their training and experiences.


Dr. Todd Kays is a recognized speaker and trainer available for services ranging from individual work and small groups, to teams and large corporate and athletic organizations.

Everything we do in life is a “performance” whether we’re an athlete, coach, teacher, supervisor, physician, parent, student or manager. If you want to know how to optimize your “performance” in any of these areas, then you have come to the right place.

Dr. Todd Kays is devoted to helping people from all walks of life achieve peak performance on a consistent and frequent basis. Whether these “performances” are in sports, career, school, relationships or life, Todd Kays will assist you in utilizing the “athletic mind” to create and maintain peak performance on a daily basis.



“Do you realize that we can perform like some of the most successful athletes in the world – and we don’t even have to be great athletes?”

Todd Kays in the News


Through the help of Dr. Kays, I found that I was able to focus more intently when the ball was in my area of play. Through such focus, I ultimately became a better player and as a result, helped my team become better. His ideas and training around focus helped me to conserve energy for those times that I needed it most – when the ball was in my field of play. Thanks Doc!

Mike Lapper Former Professional Soccer Player, Former Assistant Coach, Columbus Crew

Dr. Kays has been an extremely valuable management resource. Our staff has a better understanding of themselves and of each other, which fosters a supportive, team environment. Dr. Kays and his team bring enthusiasm and energy to a thought-provoking message. In particular, the activities and interactive elements lend significance to the concepts and theory.

Mark E. McCullers Former General Manager Columbus Crew

I recommend Dr. Todd Kays to those seeking a direction and improvement in the area of sales performance through sales people. I had requested Dr. Kays’ services to assist in improving performance among my executives and sales professionals. I intend to continue that process in now having had the opportunity to see his skills in establishing an environment to build skill sets to higher performance. I recommend Dr. Kays to those who may have similar needs.

Grant Morris Vice President Genuine Parts Company. NAPA Auto Parts

I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Kays for my entire professional soccer career and what a difference it made. Being a professional soccer player, there is more to the game than wins and losses. This past year Dr. Kays helped me with the mental aspect of the game. Through literature and “mind exercises.” Dr. Kays helped to keep me focused and prepared for everyday training as well as game days. With Dr. Kays’ guidance, I was able to reach my goals. A lot of my success and the Crew’s can be attributed to Dr. Kays. We as a team were able to win our first-ever Championship….something I will never forget. With the tools that Dr. Kays has given me, I’ll continue to work towards another.

Jon Busch Goalie, San Jose Earthquakes. Goal Keeper of the Year, 2008

Dr. Kays has not only been an outlet for me to vent my frustrations, express my fears and acknowledge my accomplishments, he has been a friend. It is easy to get out there and play when your mind is at ease. Dr Kays makes it possible to free your mind of outside distractions and simply concentrate on the task at hand. We are very lucky to have him at our training sessions with our team.

Kyle Martino MLS Color Analyst Former MLS Player, Columbus Crew and LA Galaxy

Working with Dr. Kays has propelled me to achieve a greater sense of mental toughness on and off the tennis court. I take his new book ‘Sports Psychology for Dummies’ wherever I go and it’s great to have accessible knowledge at your fingertips. He has also made efforts to watch me play and has even sat in as my coach at a tournament in The Family Circle Cup in Charleston, South Carolina. He has also flown to Sweden to help me with off-season training. Dr. Kays truly cares about the people he works with and puts great effort into going the extra mile. He understands the mind of the athlete and as a professional tennis player, he has helped me master the psychological aspect of my game.

Lilia Osterloh Former Professional Tennis Player Ranked in Top 50 in the World

The student athletes today need many skills to manage their busy lives. Not all lessons can be taught at home, in the classroom or on the athletic field. It is helpful to have a specialist, like Dr. Kays, to assist our children in learning goal setting and problem solving techniques. In addition, he gives them an unbiased forum to express themselves as student athletes.

Parent of High School Student Athlete

Dr. Kays is such a good positive influence on our son’s golf game, but more importantly in the game of life. Joe has an improved positive mental outlook, improved grades, improved goal setting skills, and more of a balance in his life. What a surprise to not only see improvements in Joe’s golf game, but to also see improvements in other areas of his life – grades, goal setting and positive thinking. Joe’s sessions with Dr. Kays will benefit him for the rest of his life, not only in sports, but in all aspects of his life.

Parent of College Student-Athlete

Dr. Kays has taught my son the mental skills necessary to advance to higher levels of high school golf. From pre-shot planning to mental confidence in his game and skill set, my son’s score and abilities to rebound after an errant shot have improved drastically. Todd cares about my son and it is shown in the follow through he makes throughout the golf season.

Parent of College Golfer

Dr. Kays and the Athletic Mind Institute have begun to create one of the most state-of-the-art sport psychology programs for high schools. Dr. Kays’ programs have encompassed all aspects of high school athletics – student-athletes, coaches, parents, administration, medical team and academics. And best of all, Dr. Kays and his staff show their dedication by coming to practices and games and wanting the kids to be successful in sports, and even more importantly, in life.

Parent of High School Student-Athletes

I have known Todd Kays for almost five years now. He is tremendously respected in his field and I have no doubt that he is the next Bob Rotella! Todd is a wonderful person who can provide a positive approach to anyone’s game. Todd works with many different athletes from many different sports. He is especially talented when dealing with golfers. Todd will observe your game, ask you questions, watch you play and use his knowledge to map out a game plan for your success. Todd has done a tremendous job with the men’s golf team at Otterbein College. He has approached the team from an individual and a team standpoint. Otterbein ranks in the top ten in the NCAA almost every season. They are working together to achieve the first National Championship in Otterbein history. I strongly recommend Todd for any athlete, whether it’s one session or many sessions he will improve your mental approach to any sport you want to achieve greater success! PGA Teaching Professional Pinnacle Golf Course Former Head Coach – Otterbein Men’s Golf Former All-American, NCAA

Matt Smith

Dr. Kays has helped me take my game to the next level. He has made it possible for me to play at the Division I level in college. There is no way I could have ever gotten this far without him. I am looking forward to getting even better and better during my senior year and him helping me to get better and better in college. Former Tour Player Owner, The Golf Room The Golf Channel, Lead Instructor Top Young Professionals, 2017

Kyle Morris

This is my second year with the Columbus Crew as the Head Athletic Trainer. I feel that we have the best and most comprehensive medical and coaching staff in Major League Soccer. At this level of competition, the mental aspect of sports conditioning is one of the most important pieces to a healthy and successful team. Todd does not reap rich monetary rewards for his professional service, but he is a large part of our success. He attends weekly training sessions along with individual meetings with players and staff to develop mental training for peak performance and enjoyment in life outside of soccer. This sports psychology component was a major factor in our United States Open Cup Championship in 2002. This year Todd has had an even bigger impact with a talented team that has under-achieved due to numerous key injuries. He has helped hold our team together with a dedicated purpose and goals, and now we are getting healthy and are making a run for the league championship. I am proud to have Dr. Kays on our staff and as a colleague to help with my player rehabilitation. He has also helped me personally with the stress that accompanies my position in an injury plagued season.”

Craig A. Devine, PT, ATC Former Head Athletic Trainer Columbus Crew

The mental skills Todd teaches allow musicians to move from the realm of technical execution towards artistry. Mental training can make it possible for performers to realize their full potential, both in the practice room and in front of an audience. As a performing musician, I notice the difference the practice of these skills makes in my own performances; as a teacher, I see the difference it has made for my students, who have been able to go beyond their fears to more fully realize their potential as musicians.

Dr. Jennifer Parker-Harley Assistant Professor of Flute University of South Carolina

Dr. Todd Kays has been instrumental in my understanding of the mental aspect of sport. Working with him dramatically improved my ability to prepare and implement a mental training plan for my team. His knowledge and insight has been an assistance on countless occasions, and his guidance in the most difficult situations has been invaluable. My interaction with Dr. Kays has laid a framework which generations of my athletes will benefit from. These are not athletic tools, but life tools which I am often encouraging my athletes, my staff, and myself to implement on and off the water.

Andrew Teitelbaum Head Women's Rowing Coach The Ohio State University

Dr. Kays has made such a tremendous difference for the coaching staff, players and the entire Crew organization. His dedication, creativity, motivation, and presence have been a vital reason for our success, including being the 2002 US Open Cup Champions. We have become one of the most mentally tough teams in the MLS because of him! Greg Andrulis Head Soccer Coach James Madison University Former Head Coach Columbus Crew

Greg Andrulis

I have personally worked with Dr. Todd Kays and watched the growth of individuals and groups that have benefited from his philosophy, knowledge and understanding. Dr. Kays helps to reveal confidence, develop strategies, organize information and guide individuals who aspire to be the best. As the margin of victory becomes narrow at the top, those bearing the burden of success must have the help and guidance of professionals like Dr. Kays.

Lori Walker Head Womens Soccer Coach The Ohio State University

Dr. Todd Kays has been a great asset to the Ohio State Women’s Golf Team and coaching staff for the past 8 years. His expertise with the game of golf has been a key component with developing Lady Buckeye golfers. His insights are just as important as the many physical skills that most players only want to focus on. If you do not believe, favorable results will not happen no matter how hard you work and prepare. Todd assists our players getting into a place which allows their physical work to shine!

Therese Hession Head Womens Golf Coach The Ohio State University

Wow!! What a comprehensive manual for coaches and athletes. Leif and Todd have compiled a terrific resource for serious competitors. Every encounter that awaits the coach and player is addressed. This book needs to be on every coaches desk and in every players locker.

Jim Tressel Former Head Football Coach The Ohio State University