The scientific study of people and their behaviors in sport and the practical application of that knowledge (Weinberg & Gould, 2007); it’s how we optimize the mental factors of human performance. Simply, the study that examines factors affecting athletes performance in sports or exercise contexts and applying psychological principles to improve athletic and exercise performance.
Mental Performance Training deals with increasing athletic performance by teaching important mental skills.
What are mental skills?
Mental skills involves a series or activities designed to develop the athlete’s psychological skills that will lead to better sport performances. Mental skills training (MST) focuses on mental skills the athlete needs to improve his/her sport performance beyond that which he/she can achieve through physical and technical training. MST include:
- Goal Setting
- Distraction Control (Focus)
The list of mental skills above are not in any particular order of importance as all are needed to develop a mentally prepared athlete. There are many other specific topics/issues that may be hindering an athlete’s performance and those
specific topics/issues are an umbrella under the five mental skills above. For example, the topic of arousal control can fall under self-talk, imagery and focus. Depending on the performance issue a specific mental skill or skills can be used.
MST can be used across the domains of life. What we teach you to improve performance in your sport can also be carried over to life and other areas such as business, exercise and fitness settings.
Mental Skills Training can help you:
-Clear away the obstacles that keep you from performing to your potential.
-Enhance consistency in your preparation and performance.
-Increase your ability to perform successfully under pressure.
-Believe in your ability to accomplish your goals.
-Prepare for and handle the challenges of training and competition.
Develop the confidence and focus necessary to take your performance to the next level. When working with an athlete our consultants will start by having a one-on-one meeting with the athlete to learn more about the individual and what services are needed to help the athlete with peak performance. Like most things, it takes time and practice. Mental Performance Training is not a onetime deal, it must be practiced and taken seriously to see the affect it could have on sports performance.
Contact me if you would like to set up a meeting and discover how you can adapt mental training into your program. The email to contact me is: firstname.lastname@example.org