What is sports psychology and how can it help you?

Sports (or Performance) Psychology is aimed at educating individuals in a range of psychological skills, complimenting their physical, nutritional and technical knowledge to enable the individual to achieve excellence in their chosen field.

These skills prove to be not only essential for the development of individuals within their chosen profession, but also a valuable tool in all aspects of their life. Sport and Performance Psychology offers individuals the chance to develop their mental approaches to performance through proper skills training to assist them in effectively coping with both the physical and mental pressures of their daily work (sport, music, corporate or theatrical).

A sport pscychologist can help you with:

  • Performance enhancement and mental skills (ig. goal setting, imagery, confidence)
  • Anxiety management and relaxation
  • Concentration and mental preparation
  • Stress and time management
  • Team building and leadership
  • Communication skills
  • Travel skills
  • Debriefing and program evaluation
  • Recovery and restoration
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Psychological assessment
  • Video analysis of sporting emotions and performances

Extra support for individuals:

  • Depression
  • Over-training and burnout
  • Conflict resolution
  • Weight management and health behaviours
  • Career transitions
  • Grief and loss (eg. de-selection and retirement)
  • Balancing sport and study, employment and/or family life

A range of people use sport psychologist services:

  • Recreational, elite and professional athletes
  • Coaches, managers and administrators
  • Trainers, physicians and other sport scientists
  • Umpires and referrees
  • Performance artists (eg. musicians, dancers, actors)
  • Employees and employers in any occupation concerned with optimal performance

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