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

Avoid the Mousetrap: How Athletes Can Manage Their Fear of Failure

There exists a crucial difference between fear and danger. Danger is real. Fear is created. Because we create many of our own fears, the good...

5 Ways Young Athletes Can Reduce Stress and Anxiety

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What 'Pressure' Really Means For Athletes—And How Great Coaches Take it Away

"Man, there is so much pressure!" "Don't choke under the pressure!" Pressure is a common point of interest in sports. It's something that's talk...

More 'Us,' Less 'Them': What Championship Teams Focus On

What do you want from your athletes on game day? The coaches we consult will often begin with broad concepts like "win" or "compete at a high level." ...

How Sports Psychology Helped Jessica Eye Get Her Swag 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 amount of...