Sport Psychology

Training your mental game can help you reach your potential

Sport Psychology

Sport psychology is the application and development of mental skills, attitudes, perspectives, strategies, and processes that lead to optimal performance, well-being, and personal growth.

 
 
Why is Sport Psychology Important? 

Most athletes report that up 90% of success in competition is determined by psychological factors. 

 

An increasing number of coaches and athletes are recognizing that talent alone won't lead to success. It is equally important to know how to train effectively, play as a team, and perform under pressure

Sport psychology works to develop areas of an athlete's mental game, such as:

  • focus

  • resilience

  • composure

  • motivation

  • self-awareness

  • communication

  • leadership

  • teamwork

How is Sport Psychology delivered? 

 

Individual Sessions:

Individual mental training sessions typically consists of the following:
 

  • initial session and needs assessment 

  • custom mental training/education programming tailored for the athlete

  • ongoing mental skills development, monitoring, and evaluation 

  • performance observation in competition (if possible)


Multiple sessions (3+) are recommended to provide adequate time for new skills to be learned, applied, and refined. Individual sessions can also be delivered through Skype.

Team Sessions & Workshops: 
 

Team sessions and workshops are fun and interactive ways for athletes to learn mental skills. Group exercises and discussions can create an environment where athletes learn from each other. 

  • individual mental skills: 

    • goal setting, visualization/imagery, focusing skills, motivation, emotion regulation, energy management, mindfulness, pre-competition routines, competition debriefing. 

  • team skills: 

    • communication, leadership, team building/chemistry

Workshops topics can also be delivered upon request. 

 

Sessions are commonly delivered in a classroom and/or practice facility.

Common Myths about Sport Psychology

Myth #1 - Sport psychology is only for elite athletes

  • No matter your skill level, the mind plays a key role in your performance. In fact, skills such as focus, self-talk and visualization are essential to helping all athletes maximize their potential.

  • Sport psychology can help everyone including: junior, recreational, professional, amateur, to senior athletes.

Myth #2 - Sport psychology is for mentally weak athletes 

  • Athletes develop a competitive edge when they train the mind.

    • Many athletes who are already highly successful in their sport use sport psychology to help them perform at a higher level.

    • For example: