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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3 Strategies to Reduce Stress and Increase Athletic Performance

Sometimes the most difficult opponent an athlete faces is stress. Armed with the ability to attack quickly and powerfully, stress can hinder an...

Q&A: How to Deal With a Tough Coach

Developing a youth athlete is an art. Coaches need to educate, instruct and encourage, while parents must support their young athlete's goals and ...

Indians Pitching Coach Mickey Callaway Preaches Mind Control Over Mechanics With His Pitching Staff

Cleveland Indians pitching coach Mickey Callaway steps into the dugout at Progressive Field, then heads down a tunnel. He's been observing batting...

The Mental Benefits of Manny Pacquiao's Intense Training Routine

Across several sports, many pro athletes have developed intense routines in their training. One such example of an extreme trainer is Manny Pa...

Using Sports Imagery as Pre-Performance Routine

Whether it is a little league baseball game or the Olympics, executing when needed is of utmost importance. We spend hours training and honing our...

The Athletic Brain: How to Learn to Anticipate

It's not difficult to see how Stephen Curry led the Golden State Warriors to the second highest offensive efficiency in the NBA, trailing only the...

6 Ways Sport Parents Are Doing It Wrong

I love my kids more than anything. So, I get it, how they perform is important to me. But their performance is not a reflection of my parenting, just a...

Why Athletes Must Focus on Developing Their Own Identity

The number of arrest we are witnessing involving college and professional athletes is an issue we can no longer ignore. The NFL, NBA and NCAA must begin...

Stress Exposure Training for Basketball

Many coaches believe in the concept of "You play how you practice", but many don't actually implement this with their athletes. Stress exposure training...

The Art of Strength and Conditioning Coaching

Ask yourself a few questions. What makes a good strength and conditioning coach? How can you tell good coach from a bad coach? Can anyone become a good...

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