Sport & Performance Psychology
Performance psychology provides you with skills and techniques to improve performance, manage stress and deal with pressures of sport and daily life. Individual and team services available.
In Sport Psychology, the principles of psychology are specifically applied in a sporting environment with the major aim being to help sports participants reach their performance potential. The higher the level of competition, the greater the psychological demands on the performer(s). Many sport psychologists would argue that psychological preparation is the most important part of sports performance. Some of the common reasons individuals and teams may seek out sport psychology services include: motivation and goal setting, visualization, focus and attention, pre-performance routines, positive thinking and confidence, competitive stress, communication and leadership.
We will help you to determine what topic(s) of approach will be the best for your group to cover based on your goals, team dynamic and budget. Topics of discussion typically include:
• Goal Setting – The importance of goal setting, how it can create better practice habits and performance, and trains athletes how to set goals in an appropriate manner.
• Relaxation and intro to Visualization – Discuss the importance of relaxation/energizing, when the relaxation techniques should be done, and what techniques are most effective in which situations. How visualization can be used by an athlete in preparation for a game, including specific areas that should be focused on (ie. senses, timing, practice).
• Imagery – Applying visualization techniques (senses, timing, practice), how to use visualization during a game/competition
• Self Talk – Discuss how self talk can help (and hurt) your performance. How affirmations, restating and cue words can be helpful in changing your self talk.
• Confidence – How self-awareness and performance profile can improve performance.
• Routines – Show how a routine prior to competition can help improve performance and create consistency. Includes what physical and mental components should be included. Also discusses the difference between routines and rituals.
• Competition planning – How to manage emotions and control fear, and deal with opponents that are trying to get us off of our game. Discuss how to combine other mental techniques to prepare for play