Sports Psych

With the knowledge that sports performance is influenced as much by psychological as by physical factors, athletes at nearly all levels of competition engage in mental training. Sport psychology skills are used to address performance-related issues regarding preparation, motivation, thought patterns, focus and confidence. Psychological skill training can include formulating and executing strategies related to goal setting, relaxation, imagery and self-talkā€”all major components of mental acuity in sports. Sport psychology is instrumental in several aspects of performance, including recovery from injury, controlling stressful situations, pre-game routines and rituals, pre-game nerves and anxiety, dealing with losses, and managing success and fame. Learn about latest sport psychology strategies from the nation's top experts and elite athletes.

Latest in Sports Psych

Kevin Durant Finally Explains Why He Swore at Dion Waiters During Game 2 of the WCF

During Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder, the Internet was abuzz with a video of...

By: Jordan Zirm

Why Youth Athletes Need More Free Play

I was lucky enough to spend my summers growing up at Camp Coniston, it was a YMCA summer camp where my mother was a Nurse. Basketball, tennis, horseback...

By: PJ Strebel

Andre Drummond Could Be Shooting Free Throws Underhand Next Season

Many things about Andre Drummond's game are a joy to watch. He's a rebounding machine. He's one of the most athletic big men the NBA has ever seen. ...

By: Jordan Zirm

How to Stop Jet Lag From Ruining Your Sports Performance

If you have had to fly abroad, you know about jetlag and the time disorientation which you feel upon stepping off that plane. This disruption in your...

By: Gary Moller

10 Things Sports Parents Should and Shouldn't Do

Sports parents, If you have an athlete, you know how tempting it is to morph into being one of those crazy parents on the sidelines. So before the...

By: Janis Meredith

Latest Videos in Sports Psych

Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 7: Mental Training

With all of their training behind them, the NFL Combine athletes at Chip Smith Performance Systems feel confident going into the NFL Combine.

Chris "Macca" McCormack's Mental Toughness

Ironman World Champion Chris "Macca" McCormack talks about the importance of mental toughness in triathlons and shares his strategies for overcoming pain and fatigue late in a race.

Brain Training Drills to Advance Your Game

Improve your focus by trying these five brain training drills.

Craig Kimbrel: Inside the Mind of a Closing Pitcher

Learn about the mental mindset of a closing pitcher from 2011 NL Rookie of the Year and saves leader Craig Kimbrel.

Craig Kimbrel on the Day-to-Day Grind of a Closer

Closing pitcher Craig Kimbrel shares his daily routine during the big-league season.