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

These Three Words Helped Ben Simmons Stay Focused During His Rehab

It's been 455 days since the Philadelphia 76ers made Ben Simmons the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He has yet to play a single minute. Last ...

By: Brandon Hall

How to Manage Sports-Related Anxiety

At some point in your athletic career you will experience stress, good or bad. The good stress prepares you, makes you eager to learn more, eager to...

By: Noteisha Womack

How Athletes Can Overcome a Fear of Failure

I stayed awake in the middle of the night, not because I didn't want to sleep, but because I couldn't stop thinking about the opportunity I was about to...

By: Noteisha Womack

5 Things Athletes Need to Know About Talent

Five Things Talented Young Athletes Need to Know Today's quest to reach the pinnacle of any given sport is a monumental task for any talented young...

By: Michael Cooke

Why Every Athlete Should Read 'The Power of Now'

Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now is "a guide to spiritual enlightenment" as the book leads readers on a journey to find peace in the present moment th...

By: Kyle Scadlock

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.