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-talk—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

Tim Duncan is So Nice That His Trash Talk Consisted of Offering Tips and Encouragement to Opposing Players

San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan retired Monday. Arguably the best power forward to ever play in the NBA, he could do it all—score, defend, pas...

By: Rob Scott

Mental Toughness: Training Secrets for Winning the Close Ones

Mental Toughness: Training Secrets to Winning the Close Ones Shane Trotter, CSCS We train all year for the opportunity of success, yet at some point we...

By: Shane Trotter

5 Hacks That Will Improve Your Morning Routine

Structuring an effective morning routine can be life altering. It is the initial spark to an athletes' day and can carry across to achieving success in...

By: Gethin James

How to Build a Foundation of Mental Toughness

MentalToughness is simple, but it is not easy. However, the brain is a muscle and it can be trained. When I present or conduct workshops with teams and...

By: Dr. Rob Bell

Why Athletes Must Make Performance Enhancing Decisions

In today's world of sports, the acronym PEDs, which stands for Performance Enhancing Drugs, has become taboo. Anytime an older player is having...

By: Anthony Drago

Latest Videos in Sports Psych

How All-Star Paul Goldschmidt Has Developed a Mental Edge to Handle In-Game Challenges

Paul Goldschmidt, All-Star first baseman, explains how he developed his mental edge during his baseball career by learning from his mistakes and failures.

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.