Sport psychology is a type of mental coaching that is used by athletes, teams, and others who want to improve their performance in any number of areas. It is for those who wish to harness the power of the mind to perform with greater confidence, consistency, and at the upper ranges of their potential.
Most athletes realize the importance of physical preparation. GREAT athletes recognize that solid physical preparation combined with excellent mental preparation leads to their best performances.
Sport psychology sessions take on differing forms. They
range from a five-minute discussion in passing or a
brief talk at practice, to a 50-minute session in an
It is common for mental coaching to take
place with teams or individuals at their venues of
practice and/or competition where observations can
be made and ultimately used to improve overall performance. As
with counseling, a nonjudgmental, accepting, strength-oriented
approach is taken.
However, sport psychology sessions are often slightly more instructional and solution-focused than most counseling sessions.
Emphasis is placed on the enhancement of psychological skills, such as gaining and maintaining confidence in one's abilities, focusing attention correctly under pressure, and maintaining composure during challenging situations. Time is often spent helping individuals recognize and more effectively utilize personal strengths.
Other issues addressed often include:
difficulty in communicating with teammates or coaches
distractibility in competition
lack of joy and fun in sport
taking too few or too many risks " lack of motivation
playing with hesitation
ineffective leadership skills
sub-optimal team dynamics