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Sports psychology

Sports psychology assists athletes in gaining the confidence and focus they need while mastering the physical and technical areas of the sport.

There might be various reasons why seeing a sport psychologist might benefit you. Do you feel like you’re underperforming? Is there a mental barrier refraining you from performing at your best? Do you need help getting to grasp with your performance after an injury?

Managing your thoughts are vital to maximizing your sports ability. Whether you’re having a tough time getting over an old injury or lose focus during games, there’s help for that. Life Resolutions offers sports psychology services across Australia.

Perhaps you’re not sure if you need to see a sports psychologist. Ask yourself, “am I performing to my best capability?”. If the answer is no or ‘maybe’, then seeing a psychologist will help you get there.

Common reasons for seeing a sports psychologist

  • You feel like you’re not playing to your maximum ability
  • You’ve physically recovered from an injury but it’s still affecting your performance
  • You lose focus during a game or competition
  • You perform better at training than during a match
  • You don’t perform as well when you’re being watched

Want to take your performance to the next level?

One of the major hallmarks of top level athletes is their passion to continuously improve themselves and their ability to perform at their best possible level. Alongside their day to day training sessions, mental training is required next to this. Many athletes will refer to a psychologist to further their abilities. Mental training can assist in being more consistent, finding the “zone”, get a winning streak on the roll and keep pressures at bay.

Many athletes are unaware of the mental barriers holding them back, identifying the cause is the first step. The most common mental barriers seen in athletes include but are not limited to;

  • A lack of confidence in themselves. Confidence is one of the key aspects for an athlete to perform, so much so that it can separate great athletes from the rest. Without the confidence to do so, they will not reach their athletic potential and can even experience performance anxiety.
  • A lack of trust. This can often be identified when the athlete performs better during training sessions than at the game. They will often be seen over analyzing their game plan which will lead to indecisive decision making.
  • High expectations. An athlete often judges their performance based on how well they did compared to how well they think they should be doing. Managing expectations is vital to maintaining their best level. Having too high expectations and not meeting them can undermine their confidence.
  • Scared to fail or feel approved of. What can be characterized by high expectations, a fear of failure can begin when the athlete worries too much about results or outcomes or what others will think of their performance. Social approval can also determine how much pressure and expectations the athlete will put themselves under to feel successful. This can lead to rising levels of anxiety and tension.
  • Perfectionism. Perfectionism is extremely common among athletes. The athlete will have an enormous amount of motivation yet will still underachieve because of their fear of failure linked with perfectionism. The athlete will generally tend to become over analytical and judgmental of their performance. When athletes with perfectionism make a mistake, they tend to dwell on it and lose composure.

Seeing a sports psychologist is one method of overcoming these mental barriers holding you back from your best game. They will work with you to apply the right tools and strategies to prevent them from affecting your game.

Regaining confidence in your abilities from injury?

Any form of injury to an athlete, whether it’s temporary or permanent can have a disruptive interruption which is often out of your control. It’s natural to feel sad during the time of your injury, ignoring those feelings would be bad. Now it’s vital to set new realistic goals to return to your favourite sport.

Returning to the sport can be equally as challenging. You will naturally be occupied with thoughts of re-injuring yourself. You may find yourself constantly replaying the original injury over and over in your head. This can take your head out of the game and lose the correct focus to perform properly which can lead to further injuries without proper attention to your form.

A sports psychologist can be consulted to improve the rehab stage of an injury and with the mental barriers you experience when returning to the sport. By applying the correct mental tools, you’ll be able to manage your thoughts and reach your best self again.

The approach to improving at your favourite sports

You’ve identified your challenges and you’re ready to take your game to the next level. Seeing a sports psychologist is the best way forward in developing your mental game-plan.

Perform better than ever before with sports psychology services. Improve your focus and ignore distractions.  Call us now on 1300 668 256.

To find out how we can help call today on 1300 668 256