1. Psychophysiology and Biofeedback; How does it work to improve athletic performance?

    Psychophysiology is the science that looks to the interactions between the bodily and mental processes in conjunction with the environment. For example, if you are undertrained, and you need to compete today under challenging conditions (long match and against a strong opponent), of course, you are going to feel anxious and underconfident because your body is not trained for that demand, and there…Read More

  2. Mental Training or Therapy: What do I need?

    Performance Psychology is not the same as Clinical Sport Psychology; however, both are under the field of Sport, Performance, and Exercise Psychology. The performance psychology specialist (mental coach) addresses the main variables that influence athletic performance, and you will learn mental skills. Clinical Sport Psychologists are licensed professionals who can treat disorders that require a s…Read More

  3. Directing Your Attention to What is Relevant to Performance

      Let’s start with an example that happened during a bodyboarding competition in Portugal. The event had a record number of participants in the men’s division. The competition schedule was tight, and all the athletes had to stay on the beach because the event would run until the last minute of daylight. Then, the event organizers decided to run the women’s division and the girls got ups…Read More

  4. Achieving Your Values-Driven Goals

    If you want to be more successful at completing your goals, those goals must be connected to your values. Values are the principles or standards that you follow in your life. What do you value most? What are the personal qualities and character strengths you want to cultivate? Goals are something that you want to achieve or possess, and as soon as you completed your goal, you go for another one. F…Read More

  5. Flow and High Performance

    Flow is not the same as peak performance. Flow can be defined as a psychological experience when the individual is engaged in a challenging activity. Flow can happen in almost any activity that has a balance between challenge and skill level, involves total concentration, and requires participation to achieve a goal. You cannot experience Flow watching TV, but you can experience Flow writing a boo…Read More

  6. What Is Mental Training?

    Mental Training is the science “Psychology” applied to enhance athletic performance. There are many factors influencing performance, and the mental performance professional will perform an investigation of what is hurting performance and teach psychological skills (mental skills) to change it. Mental training is not any magical or motivational words that athletes receive from a “mental profe…Read More

  7. What Do You Eat?

    Energy metabolism is fuel for exercise and human movement. Energy metabolism means using the food consumed to store energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The ATP breakdown produces energy causing the muscle to contract. Metabolism means “to change” and includes anabolism (to build up), for example, the use of amino acids to make the proteins that provide muscle mass. Catabolism (…Read More