September 6, 2012 | Dr. Chris Stankovich
Did you know that sport psychology mental toughness training is often the difference between an average and above-average athlete? It can also be the difference between an above-average and a great athlete. The question, then, is how much mental training are you doing to reach your full athletic potential?
When it comes to sport psychology training, the first obstacle to overcome is the negative stigma that is often associated with it. Unfortunately, many people erroneously associate mental toughness training with "problem" athletes, or athletes who have mental disorders. Fortunately, that is a myth and could not be further from the truth!
The field of sport psychology helps athletes in many important ways, including confidence development, focus, motivation and resiliency. Athletes can develop a skillset proven to help with mind-body synchrony, muscle memory, and fast bounce backs from stress, adversity, and failure.
If you want to learn how to take your game to the next level, check with your coach about sport psychology training, or check out the many new products available on the Internet designed to help. Specific subjects you will likely want to explore include:
- Goal setting - learn how to set specific, measurable, controllable goals that will give you a roadmap to future success.
- Focus - learn about directing your attention to relevant cues, while ignoring things that have no bearing on your athletic success.
- Arousal control - learn how to control your nerves and anxiety and develop greater levels of self-confidence.
- Resiliency - Athletes who learn how to quickly bounce back with great resiliency often beat their competition because they want it more.
Play hard, but make sure to play smart. The best way to do this is to learn important sport psychology mental training skills that will allow you to quickly pass up the competition and take your game to levels you only dreamed of.