What sport psychologists do
Some athletes seek help from a sport psychologist or other exercise and sport psychology professional when they have a problem.
They might become anxious or lose focus during competition, for example. They might have difficulty communicating with teammates, controlling their temper or even just motivating themselves to exercise. Or they might choke at key moments during a game.
But athletes don’t just consult sports psychologists when they’re having difficulties. Sport psychologists can also help athletes:
- Improve performance. Different mental strategies, such as visualization, self-talk and relaxation techniques, can help athletes overcome obstacles and achieve their full potential.
- Dealing with the pressures of competition. Sport psychologists can help athletes at all levels deal with pressure from parents, coaches or even their own expectations.
- Recover from injuries. After an injury, athletes may need help tolerating pain, following their physical therapy regimens or adjusting to being sidelined.
- Following an exercise program. Even those who want to exercise regularly may find themselves unable to fulfill their goal. Sport psychologists can help these individuals increase their motivation and tackle any related concerns.
- Enjoying the camaraderie of team sports and the lessons that sports teach. Sports organizations for young people may hire a sport psychologist to educate coaches about how to help kids enjoy sports and how to promote healthy self-esteem in participants.
Sports psychology is even applicable for people away from the play area. The same strategies that sport psychologists teach athletes — relaxation techniques, mental rehearsals and cognitive restructuring, for example — are also useful in the workplace and other settings.
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including participation as a U.S. Open umpire since 1992,
high school and college varsity tennis teams, and over 25 years working college tournaments.