MENTAL SKILLS TO ENHANCE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
I am the personal trainer for your mind in sport, and the sport psychology services that I offer are not psychotherapy to athletes. However, some athletes might benefit if they also work with a licensed mental health professional, if it is your case, I will help you to find a professional to address your concerns. If you come to me, you know that we are going to address the main variables that influence performance. Some people believe that when they feel better, they will show their best performances, but feeling better is not always possible. In sport, there will be moments of unfairness that will produce emotions such as anger or sadness, there will be moments of fear and anxiety, and there will moments of happiness and experiencing flow. However, the best athletes can perform well under any emotional state or circumstances; it is your everyday choices that will influence your future performance. To improve your mental game and achievements in sport, we will work on what is happening during the practices, and prior, during and after competitions.
- I will ask questions related to the outcome you want to achieve.
- I will ask questions related to your current goals to attain the desired result.
- Then, I will ask questions related to what is happening now and what can be modified.
- The next step is to develop a plan to improve athletic performance. The mental skills are implemented on the plan
If you allow me, I will communicate with other professionals involved in your training to collect more information about your performances.
Implementing Mental Skills
Mental skills are not something that you hear about, go there, and “try in sport.” Always be suspicious of people offering the last trend to improve performance.
1)You learn what mental skill is and why it is appropriate for you. Then, you learn when and how you can use it — for example, self-regulation to manage your energy levels during performance. If you move your attention from the task at hand to internal sensations to self-regulate, it can decrease performance. There will be specific times during your performance to check your energy levels and manage it.
2)The next step is to implement the mental skills during practices, and it can be modified as needed.
3)Now, the mental skill can be implemented in simulations of competitions.
4)Then, only after the previous steps, you implement the mental skill during competitions. At this point, the use of the mental ability is automatic because it became part of your performance.
Estimating the costs
Sport Psychology services are not covered by insurance.
Each session is 1 hour long (in the office or assessing athletes during practice).
Packages of six sessions receive a 10% discount. However, the services to address your concerns can have more or less than six sessions because each person is unique.