A sport psychology (SP) professional can help athletes develop performance related psychological skills and/or enhance their personal well-being. In addition, a SP professional can
assist athletes with off-court Issues (e.g., academic stress, relationships, time management, family conflict, financial concerns).
help the coaching team with effective coaching methods to lead, motivate, and teach athletes (explaining, giving feedback, persuading, rewarding and reinforcing behaviour, communicating), integrating psychological skills into training.
offer training sessions to management and admin teams.
Who can benefit (audience)
Management / administration staff, and
What are "Mental skills"?
These include goal setting, motivation, imagery, stress, time and energy management, performance routines, self-talk, communication, conflict management, team building, confidence, dealing with errors and with negative criticism, burnout, life balance coaching.
Find below a detailed list of psychological skills which can give you an idea of the tools we use in the profession 1. Visualization skills: using your mental movies to imagine yourself at peak.
2. Positive self-talk skills: keeping yourself motivated and on a positive track.
3. Breathing techniques: staying relaxed and in the present, staying calm under fire.
4. Goal setting: staying focused, energized and on track.
5. Mental game journal: noting your dreams, observations about your performances.
6. Audio tapes: using off-the-shelf music/voice or customize your own for inspiration.
7. Affirmations: talking nice to yourself, inspiring and empowering yourself.
8. Video tape your performance: seeing yourself perform is golden.
9. Relaxation techniques: staying under control under stressful conditions.
10. Pre-performance rituals: having a comforting system for handling details.
11. Posture awareness: controlling your perceived image and your bodily energy.
12. Post-performance review: analyzing how you did and how to do better.
13. Anger management skills: handling frustration with goal-setting and centering.
14. Centering skills: staying grounded, focused, relaxed and tuned in, all at once.
15. Mistake management skills: dealing with inevitable errors by cognitive techniques.
16. Momentum skills: using a performance's ambiance to gain control.
17. Psych-out/heckler management skills: dealing with rude audience members.
18. Coach communication skills: having clear, open dialogue with your coaching team.
19. Contingency plans: having back-up strategies, in addition to a main plan.
20. Percentage thinking: thinking the way experienced performers see their discipline.
21. Pre-performance warm-up: having a system for being ready mentally and physically.
22. Practice performances: practicing gives confidence and makes skills automatic.
23. Time management skills: using your precious time to become more efficient.
24. Distributed practice: breaking up your practices instead of having one big session.
25. Concentration skills: learning how to focus, inward/outward and broad/narrow.
26. Awareness in-the-moment: being aware of yourself in the here and now.
27. Thought-stopping: saying STOP! to unwanted thoughts when they occur.
28. Pacing skills: controlling your energy and bodily movement.
29. Having a game plan: making a main and backup strategy for your performance.
30. Performance-charting: having someone analyze your performance real-time.
31. Interventions: any skill, technique or approach you use to improve performance.
32. Shaping: making progressively closer attempts to your ideal performance target.
33. Process vs. product focus: letting outcome take care of itself by focusing on process.
34. Reinforcement: giving yourself praise, rewards and strokes when you succeed.
35. Meditation: relaxing and focusing your mind so you have control anytime.
36. Modeling: observing ideal behaviors in others and making them your own.
37. Music: using the power of music to soothe, psyche-up and motivate yourself.
38. Self-hypnosis: using trance to program yourself for anything you desire.
39. The third eye: having an objective, observing part of the self to self-coach.
40. Role-playing: practicing as an actor how you want to perform in actuality.
41. Sense of humor: gaining perspective on a pressure situation by finding mirth in it.
42. Creativity tools: using your mind to see new possibilities, new perspectives.
43. Mentoring: having a mature, successful guide who has been where you want to go.
44. Daydreaming: using mind wandering as constructive, creative, synergistic time.
45. Assertiveness skills: seeking your rights without being aggressive or passive.
46. Reframing: seeing a situation in a different way, from another perspective.
47. Action-orientation: overcoming inertia to initiate and sustain a project.
48. Risk-taking skills: taking appropriate chances after careful consideration.
49. Perspective skills: keeping all things in strategic and tactical view at all times.
50. Balancing skills: maintaining center in one's life, under all conditions.