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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5 U.S. Olympic Sprinters Reveal Their Pre-Race Routines

USA Track & Field put up an impressive performance in the 2012 Olympics, leading all countries with 28 medals. However, the Jamaican team led by Usa...

How Alex Morgan Gets Her Mind Right Before Games

U.S. Women's National Soccer Team forward Alex Morgan is known for making plenty of noise with her play on the field. The speedy scorer has a penchant...

Eliminate Self-Doubt for Better Workouts

Just not feeling it today? Have you ever stepped into the gym and felt like the workout was just going to destroy you? Did you ever have a coach load on...

Tim Duncan is So Nice That His Trash Talk Consisted of Offering Tips and Encouragement to Opposing Players

San Antonio Spurs legend Tim Duncan retired Monday. Arguably the best power forward to ever play in the NBA, he could do it all—score, defend, pas...

Mental Toughness: Training Secrets for Winning the Close Ones

Mental Toughness: Training Secrets to Winning the Close Ones Shane Trotter, CSCS We train all year for the opportunity of success, yet at some point we...

How to Build a Foundation of Mental Toughness

MentalToughness is simple, but it is not easy. However, the brain is a muscle and it can be trained. When I present or conduct workshops with teams and...

5 Hacks That Will Improve Your Morning Routine

Structuring an effective morning routine can be life altering. It is the initial spark to an athletes' day and can carry across to achieving success in...

Why Athletes Must Make Performance Enhancing Decisions

In today's world of sports, the acronym PEDs, which stands for Performance Enhancing Drugs, has become taboo. Anytime an older player is having...

Insights Into How NBA Prospects Mentally Prepare for Draft Day

Mental training has gained considerable traction in basketball over the past several years. A decent number of NBA organizations now employ sport...

3 Ways to Refocus Your Attention During Competition

Too often, athletes are told that they need to re-focus, let go of mistakes, and move on. So true, except that they aren't coached on How-to accomplish...

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