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Posts Tagged ‘Sport Psychology’

Overcoming Fear (part 1)

Many athletes will have to face fear as a result of increasing levels of competition, returning to sport after injury, personal challenges, disagreements with coaches, and not living up to their own expectations. Depending on the sport, these fears can relate to actual fighting (full contact sports), injury risk skills (gymnastics), or even defying death…

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Building Confidence

Building confidence starts with understanding what confidence is.   Confidence is our beliefs in ourselves and in our ability to successfully perform in our sport through challenges, obstacles, growth, advancement in competition, and virtually every part of our participation. By using empowering, reassuring, and confident self-talk we enhance our confidence and become much more likely…

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Focus

  Focus is versatile and can be advantageous not only in all aspects of sports, but in almost all aspects of life as well. Focus enhances your ability to learn new skills and perform these skills without distractions. Focus is important during the learning process as it allows athletes to sustain attention on the most…

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Goal Setting for Athletes

Goal setting is a process that helps you chose WHERE you want to go in life and HOW you are going to get there. By setting goals and measuring their achievement, you are able to improve awareness of what you have done and what you are capable of doing. Moreover, properly set goals are motivating and…

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Veteran Olympian Advantage

Why do Michael Phelps, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, and other returning Olympians have an edge on competition? After you have experienced something for the first time – especially something unique, stressful, exciting, emotional, etc. – it creates a familiarity in your senses and expectations that can significantly enhance your ability to thrive and overcome challenges…

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Lessons Learned: Expectations

A collegiate wrestler had been on a losing streak for several months with increased frustration and little idea of where to direct more of his efforts/energy. He explained that he had been staying after practice for additional repetitions in skills, had been strength training harder and running longer, and had discussed his frustrations with his…

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Awareness

Awareness is the first step in understanding our own performance. It lets us know our strengths, our weaknesses, our areas of growth, our goals, and virtually every aspect of performance. The more aware we are of these aspects of ourselves, the more in control we become of developing consistency in performance. When we are unaware…

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Learning from Mistakes (Guaranteed Success)

Success can be defined as many different things. If we pay attention to the outcome of an event (score, salary, return on investment, surplus, etc.), we can define success compared to others and whether or not we “won.” It is not likely that we will always find ourselves in this category, however; and there can…

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Mental Skills and Physical Skills

Physical Skills are needed for sport and they are not necessarily given to you by your coaches. A coach will not give you strength, agility, endurance, stamina, flexibility, etc. Coaches can certainly help you improve these physical skills/attributes. Most importantly, a coach will help you to utilize these skills in order to best participate in…

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When is it time to work with a sport psychologist?

A sport psychologist is a specialist and, in some cases, a doctor. Athletes should use a sport psychologist as such. When we have a common cold we usually all respond in a similar fashion. We think about house-hold remedies to fight the cold and return to health. This may include drinking a lot of fluids,…

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