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Rocklin High grad goes mental with book

Emondson pens book on mental aspects of baseball
By: Cecil Conley, Special to the Placer Herald
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Nik Edmundson has gone mental. The 2003 Rocklin High School graduate has turned his love of baseball and master’s degree in sports psychology into an online book, “One Pitch at a Time.” The 26-year-old explores the connection between the mind and body in his book, which is available at nowperformance.com, and provides training tips for pitchers to reach their peak performance. His love of baseball fueled Edmundson to pursue a college career even though he admits he was not much of a player with the Thunder. He improved by developing his mind as much as his skills. “I was a better athlete,” he said, “than I was expecting.” Edmundson played two seasons at Southwest Oregon Community College and then as a junior at St. Peter’s College in New Jersey. An injury kept him from playing a second year at St. Peters. A 92-mph fastball shattered Edmundson’s knee when he played in a summer collegiate league after his junior year. He had to find a way to remain involved in baseball even though he could not play. Pursuing a bachelor’s degree in sports psychology at California Lutheran University kept his mind in the game. Edmundson also began to understand how much the mind can affect performance. “I’ve always loved studying the game,” said Edmundson, who also offers baseball lessons and works as a personal trainer. “I started to learn the difference between a good game and a great game,” he said. His knowledge swelled as he earned his master’s degree at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill. At that point, Edmundson began to realize how a player could improve by believing he could play better. “(The injury) was one of the best things that ever happened to me,” he said. “I figured out what I wanted to do with my life.” What Edmundson thought of himself as an athlete became as important as playing catch and taking batting practice. Once his leg healed, he went on to play for a professional club in Prague, Czech Republic. Once he returned from Europe, Edmundson figured a book would be the best vehicle in which he could share all he had learned. He started with one chapter and finished with 33. Edmundson then launched his own publishing company, which is appropriately named Now Performance. “You have to play in the now,” he said. “You have to play in the moment, learn to play in the present.” His baseball mind game came in handy once Edmundson put away his glove and bat. He now takes each day as it comes, just like a batter stepping to the plate and deciding when to swing at a pitch. “It changed my life,” he said. “I approach life like I approached the game.”