Core Performance Enhancement Skills
Sport psychologists use many interventions based on sound research to facilitate change and promote peak performance. The most common techniques used by sport psychologists include:
Mentally rehearse your performance, using visual details.
- Relaxation Training
Use various relaxation methods to help with consistency and composure. Discover your comfort zone for performing.
- Concentration Training
Learn to tune out distracters and develop focusing strategies.
- Positive Thought Training / Cognitive Restructuring
Change thinking patterns, catch negative thoughts and stop them, think positively and perform at higher levels. Because thoughts affect our feelings and feelings are the fuel for performance, thoughts influence our overall behavior and performance.
- Confidence Training
Develop your own way of building confidence using routines and skills.
- Emotion Regulation Training
Learn to regulate emotional responses to situations during competitions. Emotions are fuel and if you have the wrong fuel your efforts will be less effective and peak performance more elusive.
- Goal Setting
Learn to set high but attainable goals. Also set short, intermediate, and long-term goals to keep consistent motivation. Harness motivation for consistent performance and continued progress.
- Leadership Skills
Identify leadership skills and foster greater team cohesiveness and teamwork.
- Injury Management
Learn to manage the mental and emotional aspects of the "dark side of sport", which will facilitate the healing process.
- Pre- and Post- Competition Routines
Create routines that attend to physical, mental, and emotional preparation. Good routines produce more consistently positive results!
- Team Building
Identify leadership, foster team cohesiveness, and establish a solid communication system that translates a mission and facilitates motivation.
- Recovery Training
Learn to balance periods of stress with periods of recovery. The quality of our recovery is directly related to the quality of toughening physically, mentally, and emotionally. It is not in the work that we grow, but in the recovery. Most athletes over train physically and thus underperfrom.
The core skills presented will not replace physical practice but will help improve the overall quality of practice. Any athlete/performer can benefit from improved mental preparation because those who succeed in sports do so by being physically rested and mentally prepared.