August 13, 2011

Miami Hurricanes Publication Adds Sports Psychology Column for 2011 Football Season that will Highlight Team’s Physical and Mental Performance Each Week

This describes the addition of sports psychologist Dr. John F Murray ( as a new columnist for America's foremost authority on Miami Hurricane sports, Canesport, an online publication found at In the column, Murray will use his Mental Performance Index (MPI) to rate the physical and mental performance of the team each week throughout the 2011 season, and in the same way he rated the performance of all Super Bowl teams in his recently released book "The Mental Performance Index."

Miami, Florida (PRWEB) August 12, 2011

America's foremost authority on Miami Hurricane Sports, the 20-year-old publication known as "Canesport," recently brought Palm Beach sports psychologist Dr. John F Murray aboard to write a weekly column on Hurricane football throughout the 2011 season.

Dr. Murray, once dubbed "the Freud of Football" by the Washington Post, works with elite athletes and teams in his private practice and is author of the recently released book "The Mental Performance Index: Ranking the Best Teams in Super Bowl History" (World Audience, Inc., This book is the culmination of eight years of research and introduces a new statistic, the MPI, that captures team performance more accurately than before possible because it includes mental performance as well.

For the first time in the history of a sports column, the "mental performance" of a team will be carefully evaluated and quantified throughout a season. The column will aim to be friendly, easy to read, and uniquely informative. However, Murray also explains that he wants Canesport readers to be the smartest and most well informed football fans in the country.

Murray's new column will be derived from his own quantitative analysis of every meaningful play in every Hurricanes game, giving readers insight that is not available elsewhere. This is the same approach that Dr. Murray used in reporting on all 45 Super Bowls in his new book. Early reviews of the book are excellent. The big finding in the book is that, the new MPI statistic correlates with winning and performance in the Super Bowl more than any other traditional team performance statistic. The message for coaches and teams is to begin measuring team mental performance, and also training players in these areas to stay ahead.

Tom Flores, two-time Super Bowl winning head coach of the Oakland and LA Raiders, writes in the foreword: "Dr. Murray's Mental Performance Index can be and will be the next part of sports evolution in the 21st Century." Pro football hall of fame sportscaster Lesley Visser also supports the MPI, and Visser writes the epilogue on the genius of Bill Walsh. Don Shula also provided a quote for the book from his coaching days.

"This new column that will appear after every football game in Canesport is both cutting edge and groundbreaking," said Murray. "It will appeal to the diehard fan who thirsts for more information about the Canes, and it will help inform everyone in football.

For Further Information or interviews:

John F Murray, PhD

Telephone: 561-596-9898


Dr. John F. Murray is a clinical and sports performance psychologist based in Palm Beach, Florida. He works with athletes and teams in all sports as well as business executives and groups, individuals, and families. He is the author of the newly released book: "The Mental Performance Index: Ranking the Best Teams in Super Bowl History" and his first book "Smart Tennis: How to Play and Win the Mental Game" is a top seller now for 12 years. He has he has consulted in a variety of contexts including an MMA world title fight (UFC 100 in Las Vegas), the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the 2007 Australian Open tennis championships and all the major tennis tournaments (Wimbledon, US Open, etc...), the Juan Carlos Ferraro Tennis Academy in Cairo, Egypt, and with teams and players in most sports including the NFL, NHL, MLB, and NBA.


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