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

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

3 Ways to Elevate Your Golf Mental Game

Golf is a game that we commonly think is played on a 300 yard fairway. In reality its, however, often its played across a six-inch space between your...

By: Adrienne Langelier

4 Things Every Sports Parent Should Do After a Game

Parenting an athlete. Sounds fun and simple, right? Just get them to practice on time, eat well, sleep enough, and cheer them on from the stands....

By: Adrienne Langelier

The Psychological Issue Behind Jon Lester's Inability to Throw to First Base

Besides being known as one of the best pitchers in baseball, Cubs ace Jon Lester is known for his inability to throw to first base. He has a history...

By: Andy Haley

5 Tips to Improve Your Mental Game on the Football Field

Everyone witnessed the Patriots incredible victory in Super Bowl LI to beat the Atlanta Falcons– but not many people know about the amazing cognitive...

By: Josh Freedland

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.