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Sports Psychology

Many athletes experience setbacks that hold them back from performing at their best possible level. You may sometimes feel that you never quite reach your potential or that you could do better. Perhaps you notice some strange patterns such as performing better during training than on game day. Or you’ve picked up an injury and are having a hard time bouncing back into the game.

A lot of athletes aren’t sure what it is that disables them from playing to their maximum. There are many mental afflictions that can hold you back and asking yourself questions to better understand your thoughts is a step in the right direction.

You’re probably not too sure if you would benefit from seeing a sports psychologist. Many athletes receive counselling from a psychologist to perform better and put any mental barriers out of the way. Start by asking yourself “Can I play better?”, “How does my performance at training compare with my performance during the match?”, “Am I worried about an old injury?”.

Asking yourself these questions and honestly answering them is the beginning to a better mental ability. Training your mental attributes can have massive benefits to your performance.

Reach your potential and take your game to higher levels

The correct mental training ensures that the athlete can perform at a high level consistently, become more decisive and make less mistakes. Dealing with personal and social pressures can be difficult when performing sports at a superior level.

Some of the common reasons for an athlete to have mental setbacks include but are not limited to;

  • An athlete experiences troubles with a low amount of confidence. Confidence often splits the great athletes from the rest. It’s a major driving factor in the ability and performance of an athlete. A lack of confidence is likely to be followed by a poor run of form and anxiety.
  • Trust issues can heavily impact the performance of an athlete. Trust issues can be spotted when the athlete performs better during practice and training times than during match and game time. A result of trust issues is a tendency to over-analyze performances and in-game indecisiveness.
  • Levels of expectation that are abnormally high is seen in a lot of top level athletes. These high levels of expectation can lead to a dip in form by damaging his or her own confidence when not living up to their own expectations. This is most commonly spotted in athletes who often look back at how they performed and compare it with how well they think they should have performed.
  • Something that has been seen in many athletes is a fear of failure. This is something that is common in a lot of people. In an athlete’s world a fear of failure results in a dip of form and rising levels of tension and anxiety. The expectations of others can also impact this fear of failure.
  • It’s very common for athletes of the highest level to constantly want to improve his or herself. A need to perfect every aspect of their game. Overdoing this is perfectionism and that often creates a fear of failure. Athletes who are very highly motivated yet don’t see much result in performance are likely to be over doing it by spending too much time considering their performance and over analyzing mistakes. Dwelling on negative results can worsen future performances.

Reaching out to a sports psychologist is the next step to becoming an even better athlete. The mental training a psychologist can provide will ensure that the before mentioned barriers are dealt with in a proper fashion to continue growing and reaching your potential as an athlete.

Dealing with and coming back from an injury setback

It’s well known and understood that injury is one of an athlete’s worst nightmares. Time out from training and match days doesn’t just have an impact on your body, physical and technical abilities but your mind too. An athlete is likely to be sad or upset while injured and it is a valid time for you to mourn your loss (of the sport), doing so is better than being macho and repressing those feelings. Managing them inside and outside of rehabilitation is vital to bouncing back strongly.

Often when an athlete returns to the sport after suffering an injury, they will have a dip in form and that’s not necessarily linked to a decrease in their physical and technical levels. A lot of issues athletes face when returning from injury come from the worries of re-injuring his/herself. They may even be replaying the event of initial injury. This takes the athletes head out of the game, allowing for poor form and a lack of commitment to actions within the sport. This is in fact the most common reason that an athlete is re-injured.

Counselling from a sports psychologist is one way of eliminating the negative mental effects of injury during rehabilitation and following recovery. By applying the correct mental techniques, you’ll be able to come back stronger.

What’s the best way to improve?

The first step is to identify and acknowledge any setback you’re experiencing. Think about the common reasons discussed above, are you suffering from one of those? Or is it something else? Be honest with yourself, recognize, acknowledge and act. One of the best solutions is to talk about the issues with a sports psychologist who will help you in building a successful mental game-plan.

If you think seeing a sports psychologist is the right thing for you, don’t hesitate to call us now on [number]

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