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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Does Home Field Actually Confer an Advantage?

Do teams win more at home than on the road? Could it depend on the sport? Or the geographical location of the home team? The answer is yes and no. The...

The Holistic Approach to Impactful Sports Coaching

The interaction between a coach and an athlete is a very dynamic relationship. When you are involved as a coach in an athlete's life the complexity of...

The One Word You Should Never Say to Yourself

There is usually one negative thought that precedes most of our poor play. It is also the one word that we can't afford to say because it severally...

Why Pro Athletes are Trying 'Mindfulness Training,' and Why You Should Too

When New York Knicks president Phil Jackson announced his team had begun "mindfulness training" ahead of this season, it probably didn't come as...

Mental Warm-Up: How to Build Confidence Before a Game

What athletes do as they prepare to compete can go a long way in determining the success of their performance. The body must be warm and flexible in...

How to 'Keep Your Cool' on the Football Field

Learning to focus your emotion on the task at hand regardless of surrounding circumstances is a must for athletes who want to be successful. Keep Your...

5 Steps to Becoming a Better Coach

Five Steps To Being A Better Coach - sports coach Coaches at all levels of sports are constantly asking more of the athletes they have the honor to work...

5 Tips to Becoming a Successful Athlete

Five Qualities Of A Successful Player - successful athlete Whether playing at the middle school, high school, college, pro, or even international level,...

Use Sports Psychology Against Your Opponents

Playing Mind Games Whether or not you actively participate in mind games, showing your competitors a carefully constructed ambience is very important....

Regain Your Confidence by Getting BIG

Confidence is the most important part of mental toughness, because it affects all other skills. We do things and attempt things we'll be successful at....

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