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-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.

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How Your Mood Can Affect Your Sports Performance

Every good athlete knows that it takes more than physical stamina to succeed. Along with developing your muscles, reflexes and physical capabilities,...

How Flotation Therapy Improves Recovery

What if I told you there was a recovery process that elite level athletes are doing to help push their performance to a new level that you probably...

Prevent Procastination From Ruining You Workouts and Performance

Procrastination: Tips for Changing This Common Behavior Delaying Progress On and Off the Field By Jim Carpentier, CSCS In sports, rain delays, travel...

Many Elite Basketball Players Possess These 3 Key Mental Skills

Tall. Fast. Quick. Strong. Explosive. Incredible wing-span. Absurd vertical jump. Basketball players, especially those in the NBA, are absolutely "freak...

4 Ways to Create a Positive Team Culture

Team culture defines who a team is and can have a real limiting factor on a team's success. Strength and conditioning is an important component of a...

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...

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...

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...

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....

5 Ways to Build Confidence for More Productive Workouts

What is the difference between the elite level athlete and all the other athletes who couldn't make it past the junior varsity squad? What helps...

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