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THE BENEFITS OF SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

Sport psychology techniques are life skills every student-athlete can apply not only in terms of developing sport performance but improving his/her quality of life. Confidence, commitment, composure, courage, teamwork, and goal setting are arguably the most important aspects of sport and are often topics of conversation sport psychologists address in sessions.

In addition to creating a more well-rounded young person, coaches and athletes have turned to applied sport psychology to gain a competitive advantage – to learn ways to manage competitive stress, control focus, improve confidence, and reduce negative thoughts. In regards to competitive play, the goal of mental toughness training is to learn how to maintain the right cognitions to achieve more consistent peak performance. Sport psychology group workshops and individual sessions often introduce the following concepts: visualization, motivation, confidence, mental toughness, self-talk, and team building.