You devote of hours and hours to training your body but how much to you spend training your mind?
More and more, athletes and sports teams are turning to sports psychology and mental game coaching to give them the edge in training and competition.
Sports psychology is a discipline within psychology that studies how mental processes influence athletic performance while mental game coaching is the practical application of sport psychology; helping athletes develop the necessary mental skills to improve their performance.
Mental game coaching can help you with:
Goal setting: deciding want they want to achieve, setting realistic goals, and working through the steps that must be taken to achieve them.
Visualisation: creating vivid mental imagery of their goals, the mental rehearsal of training, race strategy, and planning “in-game” thinking.
Optimal Intensity Regulation: finding their individual zone of optimal performance (IZOP) zone (e.g. through psyching up or psyching down techniques and “Flow” Training).
Concentration: having the appropriate level and focus of awareness and maintaining focus during training and competition.
Self talk: Stopping negative thoughts and focusing on positive thinking before, during and after competition.
Remember, that although sport is played with the body, it is won with the mind.