Sports psychology is a science that focuses on working on improving sports achievements and the personal development of people practicing sport both professionally and amateur.
Why is mental training so important?
“During training, everyone concentrates 90 percent on the physical side and 10 percent on the mental side, while during the competition it is the mind that governs 90 percent, because at the master level physically not much different” – Elka Graham
Increasingly, athletes also include mental training in their sports training. In professional sport, four spheres are distinguished, which are worked to achieve the level of maximum achievements of the player. These are the physical, technical, tactical and psychological spheres. At the master level, differences in training in the first spheres are now virtually unnoticeable, and mental preparation often determines victory.
Mental training used in the psychology of sport helps maximize the potential of a given player, develop and take advantage of his dormant opportunities. It is a set of exercises that, repeated systematically, lead to acquiring, shaping and consolidating traits and mental skills of a player 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 in various situations of everyday life, training or sports competition.
Who does a sports psychologist work with?
In sport psychology, we work with athletes, trainers or parents of young athletes. We work both individually and with entire teams. It is also a great alternative for musicians, business people and also for anyone who would like to work on discovering and developing their possibilities and potential.
What is included in mental training:
- Techniques of coping with stress
- Relaxation training
- Visualization training
- Concentration and attention training
- Building and strengthening self confidence
- Goal setting
- Work on motivation
- Work on internal beliefs.