Sports Psychology

Sports psychology plays a role in maximizing the potential of athlete’s ability through gaining the needed confidence, consistency and focus.

There are multiple different causes for seeing a sports psychologist. There are a handful of benefits you can take from seeing one such as an improved level of focus. Do you feel like you could be doing better in your sport? Does it feel like something other than your physical and technical ability is holding you back from being the best you can be? Do you see better levels of performance at training than on game day? Are you struggling to bounce back from an injury?

Keeping your mind at ease is of great importance when training for a sport. Whether you’re suffering from inconsistency or the idea of picking up an injury is stopping you from giving 100%, you can get help. Take your game to the next level by breaking down mental barriers. One way of doing so would be to visit a sports psychologist.

Maybe you don’t know if a sports psychologist is for you. Just ask yourself, “is this the best I can be doing?”, “are my expectations realistic?”, “am I pushing myself too hard?”. By answering these questions, you come closer to identifying any thoughts or behaviours holding you back.

What are some common reasons for athletes to consult with a sports psychologist?

  • You feel like you can do better.
  • You’re injured and need help managing the mental aspect of the rehabilitation period or you’ve recovered and are experiencing a dip in form.
  • You have a lack of focus or consistency during a competition or game.
  • You’re doing very well in training sessions but not so well on the day.
  • You struggle to play to your potential in front of a crowd.

Taking your game to the next level

Top level athletes all have one thing in common that characterizes almost every professional sportsperson out there. It’s this constant desire to be better, to improve, to reach the next level. There are multiple areas of focus for an athlete, from physical and technical to mental. All of these areas need nurturing and the correct support to be able to get the most out of them. Training is not just done on the pitch or in the gym, working through behavioural patterns and processing positive and negative thoughts correctly are equally important.

Many athletes will make use of a sports psychologist to improve their game. Mental improvement will allow the athlete to further their abilities by becoming more consistent, getting into the zone more easily and more often, and being able to deal with anything that comes their way.

Identifying the reasons for any setbacks or a feeling of being able to do better is the first step to getting past it. There are many reasons for this but the most common ones include;

  • A lowered level of confidence. Confidence is a key attribute to putting in the best performance possible. The best players are always pumped full of confidence and really believe in their ability. If you’re low on confidence, then it can lead to poor performances and even anxiety.
  • A lowered level of trust. Most commonly identified when the athlete shows better form during training sessions than on match day. This lack of trust can lead to them constantly analyzing what they do and that leads to indecisiveness when they don’t have the time to do so.
  • Setting unobtainable goals or expectations that are too high. Most athletes will always be thinking about how well they performed versus how well they think they can do. When these expectations are often o always out of reach it can lead to the athlete killing off his or her own confidence.
  • A fear of failure could be holding you back. Of course there is always a possibility of you or your team losing a game but the trick is to not be worried about the possibility. When athletes do this is hampers their performance by loading up on too much pressure leading to tension and anxiety. Social approval often has an effect on this fear.
  • A need to perfect everything you do. Perfectionism is something that many athletes experience. A constant need to do things at the best possible level. Nothing is ever good enough. While an athlete experiencing perfectionism is likely to be very motivated in improving, their results can often be unsatisfactory. Perfectionism creates a fear of failure and the athlete will spend too much time judging their abilities. When making a mistake or losing, the athlete will end up dwelling on those thoughts and lose form.

Visiting a professional sports psychologist can help athletes overcome these common setbacks. Getting past them will bring the best out of you and your ability. You and the psychologist will work together on finding the correct methods to best deal with these mental barriers.

Having troubles bouncing back from an injury?

Almost every athlete will experience some form of injury during his or her career. The time in injury poses many stresses and the athlete will mourn their loss of time doing the sport. This is natural and should happen, however the correct support is needed to stay positive and bounce back strongly.

When returning to the training grounds, the gym or the games, the athlete is likely to still be dwelling on the thought of the initial injury. Not only that but the athlete will also be having troubles with worries over re-injury. This will cause them to lose their much needed focus and play differently or take more caution. It’s often because of this that the athlete actually does get injured again by approaching the sport with the wrong form.

A sports psychologist is trained in helping athletes dealing with both the rehab and post-rehab stages of injury. By applying the correct thinking strategies you’ll be able to bounce back even stronger.

How do you approach improvement?

Once you’ve identified anything that may be holding you back, such as the common causes talked about above, or anything outside of that, which causes concern. One of the best ways forward is to see a sports psychologist to assist you with developing a mental game plan.

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