What is Sport Psychology?
Sport psychology is the use of mental skills to assist athletes and performers in reaching their full potential. Skills such as confidence, self-regulation, relaxation skills, imagery, goal setting, performance routines, refocusing strategies, self-talk, performance evaluation, and communication are necessary components of elite performance, but typically not something athletes spend much time practicing. Just like physical skills, mental skills need to be taught and practiced on a regular basis, so when it comes time to perform, your mental game facilitates performance.
Is Sport Psychology for me?
Sport Psychology is not a band-aid for performance issues. Working on the mental game is an educational process that compliments the physical training you are already doing. Learning about sport psychology does not mean you are weak or have problems. It means you are willing to do everything in your power to achieve excellence in your sport. Understanding the impact of thinking on performance is the basis for mental and emotional maturity in sport. If you are unsure if sport psychology is for you, ask yourself the following:
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your performance may benefit from sport psychology.