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

A 4-Step Plan for Building Mental Toughness

Co-Written by: Nathan Berggrun Coaches preach it, scouts savor it, and every athlete wants nothing more than to be the most mentally tough athlete there...

By: Daniel Payseur

5 Signs You're a Highly Competitive Athlete

The higher level you reach in sports, the more great athletes you are surrounded by and the differences in talent levels become less obvious. With this...

By: Scott Gunter

The Visualization Technique That Helped USA Swimming Rack Up 33 Medals at the 2016 Olympics

The United States absolutely dominated the pool at the 2016 Summer Olympics. USA Swimming took home 16 gold medals, and no other country won mo...

By: Brandon Hall

How Sports Psychology Helped UFC Fighter Jessica Eye Get Her Swagger Back

Pro fighters may seem like some of the cockiest people on the planet, given the arrogant acts many put on at press conferences, or the sheer amoun...

By: Brandon Hall

How to Stay Mentally Strong on the Golf Course

Golf has an ironic relationship with time. While it takes around 3-5 hours to complete a round, you're only actually performing a fraction of that time....

By: Joseph Kennedy

Latest Videos in Sports Psych

How Alex Morgan "Gets Her Mind Right" Before Matches

The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team forward uses a meditative visualization technique to succeed.

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.

How the U.S. Men's Water Polo Team Gets Mentally Prepared Before Every Workout

The U.S. Men's Water Polo Team uses meditation to get their mind right before every practice.

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.