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

A Better Way for Coaches to End Practice

How does Mental Toughness grow if we end practice early? The secret to success is the ability of one more. When we are tired and fatigued, the key is to...

By: Dr. Rob Bell

Why Fun Should Be the Focus of Youth Sports

I think it is safe to assume that the STACK.com readers get it. The benefits of physical activity in youth are universally well known and accepted in...

By: Joshua Barreiro

Your Kid Sucks at Sports. 5 Reasons Why That's OK

All sports parents dream of watching their sons or daughters accomplish incredible feats on the field of play. To some, that means catching a touc...

By: Eric Barnes

9 Easy Steps to Destroy Your Child's Athletic Career

The vast majority of sports parents are well-intentioned. They want their kids to succeed and hope for the best for them in their athletic endeavors...

By: Andy Haley

How Parents Are Ruining Sportsmanship

I could make the argument that the greatest tragedy in youth today is not bullying. Nor is it the No Child Left Behind Act, Miley Cyrus, or Grand Theft...

By: T. J. Allan

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.