What is SPORT PSYCHOLOGY?
To be the best in the world, it takes the best effort. Sport Psychology is the application of a deliberate training program to increase mental toughness or the mental, emotional, and psychological capacity to perform with excellence under pressure regularly and reliably—and increase this capacity consistently. In sport, athletes are very good at training the physical mechanisms. All training programs are centered on the physical performance with many missing a sport psychology element. Performance is a blend of physical, mental, emotional, and psychological skills and capacities and thus requires training in the areas other than physical. Most athletes are highly attracted to the physical training parts. To push on a physical level is a capacity they have developed over the lifespan so it is very natural and the discomfort of physical training is actually very comfortable.
Sport Psychology training is not as natural and athletes are not as accustomed to discomfort on a mental, emotional, or psychological level, making this kind of “work” challenging. Most high performers have excellent physical ability or talent, making high performance nearly unavoidable–to a certain level. At the highest levels in sport and competition, the problem is, all of the performers have this physical prowess. It is the mental toughness that separates the top from the rest and that is where I come in to help.
I work with athletes on the phone or in the field, when possible. I have worked with many different sports and sports teams, including: equestrian, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, football, baseball, softball, fencing, swimming & diving, wrestling, tennis, golf, and track & field.
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