Sports Psych Articles

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.

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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

Sports are filled with a tremendous amount of physical duress. From getting kicked to being knocked down, scraping knees to bruising bones, turf bu...

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...

Your Good Is Good Enough: 4 Tips For Sustaining Strong Performance

As a professor in sport psychology/leadership and a longtime consultant for programs such as USC and Texas, I have seen firsthand the different mindse...

Discipline is Freedom: 3 Ways Athletes Can Become More Consistent

Jocko Willink, retired United States Navy SEAL and Silver Star recipient, says "Discipline equals freedom." The disciplined athlete finds freedom b...

3 Keys to Success Young Athletes Often Overlook

Young athletes are busy. Between the commitments that come with school, sports, family and friends, the days can fly by in a blur. These hectic sch...

The 'Drama Triangle': How to Avoid Sports Team Turmoil

Unfortunately, many athletes have experienced toxic teammates or bad team chemistry at one point or another. Whether you know it or not, there's a ...

Notre Dame Basketball Coach Mike Brey Reveals How Tense Coaches Create Tense Players

A coach who's constantly tense and frustrated will rub off on their players in all the wrong ways. That's the message Notre Dame head basketball co...

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