Sports psychology is a science that focuses on working to improve the sports achievements and personal development of both competitive and amateur sportsmen.
Why is mental training so important?
“During training, everyone focuses 90 percent on the physical and 10 percent on the mental, while during the competition, the mind rules 90 percent, because at the championship level, we are not physically different” – Elka Graham
Increasingly, athletes include mental training in their sports training. In professional sport, four spheres are distinguished, which are worked on to achieve the level of maximum achievements of the player. These are the physical, technical, tactical and psychological spheres. At the master level, the differences in training in the first spheres are practically imperceptible now, and the victory is often determined by mental preparation.
Mental training used in sports psychology helps to maximize the potential of a given player, develop and use their dormant possibilities. It is a set of exercises that, when repeated systematically, lead to the acquisition, shaping and consolidation of the player’s mental qualities and skills, such as: concentration, optimization of the level of arousal, mental resistance, visualization. The main goal of training is to equip the player with skills that will help him cope with various everyday situations, training or sports competition.
Who does a sports psychologist work with?
In sports psychology, we work with athletes, coaches and parents of young athletes. We work both individually and with entire teams. It is also a great alternative for musicians, business people, as well as for anyone who would like to work on discovering and developing their abilities and potential.
What is included in the mental training:
- Stress management techniques
- Relaxation training
- Visualization training
- Concentration and attention training
- Building and strengthening self-confidence
- Goal setting
- Working on motivation
- Working on inner beliefs.