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Important Aspects of Sports Psychology

There are several important aspects that impact the ability for a sports psychology, mental mindset or peak performance coach to effectively assist his clients, whether they are professional athletes, professional or elite amateur poker players, serious musicians or professional or amateur actors,and that is the use of all available tools. Negative mental mindsets or as they are sometimes called, bad habits can be changed to more positive aspects with changes using state of the art of hypnosis techniques and NeuroLinguistic Programming constructs. More information can be found on NLP and hypnosis by following the links below.

While athletic coaches typically focus on the physical  and strategic strength of an athlete, sport psychology coaches focus on an athletes' mental strength. Sport psychology coaches can help professional and amateurs athletes, as well as poker players and entertainers  achieve their mental and emotional goals.

Athletes and poker players often wait until after a problem becomes out of control before seeking help from a sport psychology coach, though they do not have to wait to seek help. A tennis player might become anxious or lose focus during competition, while an actor may be doing great in rehearsal and then freeze up in the middle of the third act. A football player might have a problem communicating with teammates on the field that continues to affect his communicating with people off the field.  A poker player may have trouble controlling their temper resulting in going on tilt at the table and bring that anger home with her,.

Who Uses Sports Psychology Coaches?

Sports psychology is no longer a well-kept secret. It seems everyone in sports uses this mind coach, at the very minimum, to not fall behind their competitors. Indeed, working with a sports psychology consultant can give you the winning edge. Virtually every college, university, national team, Olympic team, and pro team has a sports psychology consultant on staff. Look at the representation of sports psychology consultants being utilized across the entire range of sports, not just in the U.S., But internationally as well:

“You are you. Now, isn't that pleasant?”

- Dr. Seuss

Any of these issues might take away from the person performing at their best on the field or living their life to its fullest off of it. Mastering one’s mental mindsets is a key area where sports psychology coaches can be extremely effective. The capability of a coach to change the unconscious habits that negatively impact a poker player’s ability to attain peak performance is important. Another solution for an athlete could be as simple as the coach motivating the player to practice more efficiently.or take the lessons learned on the practice field and implementing them more effectively on the game field. A sports psychology coach has a great many tools at their disposal to assist them in making an athlete a better player, or a poker player understand how to bring their emotional and mental states better under control at the table. Using sports hypnosis, a coach can help a player alter their unconscious mind and keep their focus and  concentration levels elevated during a game.  

Sport psychology coaches can also help athletes in many other ways:

Sports psychology concepts, along with other coaching programs can even help people off the playing field. The same strategies that sport psychologists teach athletes — relaxation techniques, mental rehearsals and cognitive restructuring, for example — are also useful in workplace and home settings.

The American Psychological Association (Division 47) defines sports and exercise psychology as the scientific study of the psychological factors associated with participation and performance in sport, exercise, and other types of physical activity. Sports psychology deals with increasing the athlete’s performance by managing emotions and minimizing the psychological effects of injury and poor performance.

Sports psychology includes helping athletes use mental and emotional skills to achieve optimal mental health and performance, and understanding how participation in sport and exercise affects psychological development, health and well-being throughout the life span.

What Do Sports Psychology Coaches Do?