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Updated: Aug 23, 2022


In my first article, I thought I would take the time to clear some misconceptions about sport psychology and provide an insight into what working with a sport psychology consultant actually involves.

What exactly is a sport psychology?

When first working with athletes, many can be skeptical or unsure of what sport psychology actually is. In the past, I've made the mistake of trying to over complicate things but luckily I can now summarise things in a simple sentence - sport psychology is the science of enhanced athletic performance and enjoyment, through the application of various psychological/mental skills.

How will I benefit?

Sport psychology has a number of benefits. First and foremost, there is performance enhancement. Whether it be a new PB, a first place finish or even just a more consistent level of performance, my experiences have led me to firmly believe that athletes who take the time to embrace sport psychology, will definitely see the benefits. In addition, sport psychology helps athletes develop a series of skills which are not just important in sport but also in life. This includes, greater self-confidence, increased motivation and reduced stress and anxiety to name but a few.

What will a typical session entail?

Working with a sport psychology consultant isn’t just an office based experience. In addition to 1-2-1 sessions, in which the athlete and consultant discuss goals and strategies, there are also a number of practical elements including practicing and perfecting various psychology performance skills. A lot of time, the work will take place in the athlete's natural environment, taking time to conduct observations and refine key skills in a setting where the athlete feels most comfortable.

Is there a lot of homework involved?

I strongly believe that you get out of sport psychology what you put in. There will always be between-session tasks and exercises to get on with. Whilst there is no detention involved if you skip doing your homework, I can honestly say that the athletes who take the time to work on the skills and exercises between sessions see the benefits a lot quicker!

What's expected of me as an athlete?

I only have one real expectation when working with athletes and that is, keep an open mind. Sport psychology is still very much considered an emerging science but there is a great deal of evidence to suggest it really works. The biggest part of the battle is being patient and keeping

faith that the techniques you learn and develop, will ultimately improve your performance.

How long is a typical session?

A typical session will last around an hour, however, this can vary depending on the environment and nature of the session.

For more information on how sport psychology can help you, email info@performanceplan.co.uk


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