WHAT IS SPORT PSYCHOLOGY?
Sport psychology is concerned with understanding the “mental game”, whether that game is athletic or otherwise. It is about human performance and building the necessary mental skills and techniques necessary to perform consistently and effectively regardless of the situation. Sport psychology is a discipline that investigates and seeks to understand the factors that are involved in reaching and consistently maintaining optimal performance – to strive to achieve one’s best.
HOW CAN SPORT PSYCHOLOGY HELP TEAMS?
To help with understanding the role sport psychology plays, it can be helpful to ask yourself this question with regards to your team: “Are you performing at your very best and is there no room for improvement?” No one will ever answer this question affirmatively, most people will say there is a gap between how they are performing and how they are capable of performing. Sport psychology aims to create knowledge that will help close the gap between people’s/teams current level of performance and what they are capable of doing.
WHY IS SPORT PSYCHOLOGY AND MENTAL TRAINING IMPORTANT?

The world of athletics has changed over the years, to the point where now for a team and its players to reach their full potential, not only in a game but also in their sports performance training, it is necessary to go beyond having the best equipment, coaching, skills or nutrition. At the upper levels of sports performance training, in situations where competing individuals and teams have all the technical skills and tactical knowledge required to be successful, psychological factors become the most important determinants of outcome. In order for a team to perform at its best it needs each player to have the ability to control emotions, to communicate effectively and to perform under pressure, all of which are accomplished through mental skills training.

Every team and athlete is looking for an edge, but most spend their time on the physical skills. To move beyond the frustrations, anger, anxiety, and low self confidence that at times accompany the journey to the top it is necessary build in the use of sport psychology within a team.

“Sports is 90% mental; the other half is physical.” Yogi Berra.

HOW WILL YOU HELP A TEAM?
We build team identity, alignment and effectiveness. Our methods include individual and team assessments, on-site performance evaluations, mental skill-building sessions, personal development plans and feedback to coaching staff.
WHAT SPORT PSYCHOLOGY METHODS DO YOU USE?

There are an array of tools used while working with clients but some of the most frequent are:

  • TAIS
  • Visualization – including sports hypnosis
  • Increasing focus and concentration skills
  • Self Talk
  • Arousal Control
  • Goal Setting
  • Pre-performance routines
What sport psychology topics do you cover?

This is a list of most but not all the topics covered:

  1. Confidence
  2. Motivation
  3. Communication
  4. Leadership
  5. Imagery
  6. Focus and concentration
  7. Pre- Performance routines
DO YOU ALSO WORK WITH INDIVIDUALS?

Our mental skills training program is available for individuals, teams, parents and scouting purposes. Each program is unique to the needs and goals of the client.

We work with clients in a variety of ways:

  • One-on-One sessions in person
  • Phone sessions
  • Skype/Virtual Meeting sessions
  • Team sessions

Give us a call to discuss how we can help you – 619-446-6846