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How to Become a Sport Psychology Professional

Sign up for a FREE 20 minute consultation with Sport Psychology Today’s Michael Edger MS, MGCP on “The Road to Success in Sports Psychology” We are offering this program to help guide young students, coaches and professionals interested in the field of Sport and Performance Psychology. Sport Psychology is a young rapidly growing discipline of Psychology. Because it is a relatively new and growing field there isn’t a lot of  information available for those interested in deciding whether sports psychology is the right career chose for them. During this 20 minute session you will have the opportunity to ask […]

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Sports Psychology Schools

Sports Psychology Schools

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Birth Like an Athlete – Kerri Walsh Jennings

Birth Like an Athlete – Kerri Walsh Jennings

It’s getting closer. Sometime around the magical due date of April 9, 2013, Kerri Walsh Jennings will be meeting her baby girl for the very first time. Just like she did while pregnant with her sons, Joey and Sundance, Kerri has excitedly gone to her prenatal appointments. She has stocked her house with the much needed newborn-sized diapers. Doesn’t this sound like any woman enjoying the end stages of pregnancy, and not someone, who months earlier, won an Olympic gold medal, later learning she was six weeks with child? If you’re a pregnant woman who has competed as an […]

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Sport Psychology and Mental Training

Sport Psychology and Mental Training

Sports Psychology is about improving your attitude and mental toughness to help you perform your best by identifying limiting beliefs and embracing a healthier philosophy about your sport. Mental training is used by elite athletes to help improve focus, confidence and deal with distractions. Many athletes have the ability to concentrate, but often their focus is displaced on the wrong areas such as when a batter thinks “I need to get a hit” while in the batter’s box, which is a result-oriented focus. Much of my instruction on focus deals with helping athlete to stay focused on the present […]

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Mental Training and Performance Enhancement

For some athletes, mental training is an untouched avenue to improve sports performance. Many athletes do not understand mental training and may be skeptical about its value.Even if you as a parent understand the importance of mental toughness in your young athletes, your kids might resist it. If kids do not “buy in” to mental training, they will not reap the benefits it provides. We teach sports parents and coaches how to encourage their kids to have a strong mental game. Many athletes don’t realize that resources are available to improve their mental game. When under performing or in […]

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Sports Psychology and Mental Training

Most athletes are highly committed to excellence and seeing how far they can go in sports. They love competition and testing themselves against the best in their sport. They understand the importance of a positive attitude and mental toughness. These athletes want every possible advantage they can get including the mental edge over the competition. Sports Psychology is about improving your attitude and mental toughness to help you perform your best by identifying limiting beliefs and embracing a healthier philosophy about your sport. Mental training is used by elite athletes to help improve focus, confidence and deal with distractions. […]

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The Key to Composure in Sports

The first step to improve your composure is to identify the mental breakdowns that cause you to lose emotional control in sports. For example, an athlete with very high expectations for his performance is likely to become easily frustrated, lose control emotionally, when he believes that those expectations are not being met. Below is a list of the top mental errors that can reduce your composure. 1. Perfectionism — When you don’t perform perfectly you lose composure because you become frustrated and then focus too much on your errors instead of the tasks needed to perform well. 2. Social […]

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Common Mental Game Challenges for Athletes

One of the hallmarks of great athletes is the desire to improve themselves. Athletes at all levels use mental training and sports psychology to become better athletes, and overcome their mental game challenges. Mental training helps athletes perform more consistently, find the zone more often, keep a winning streak alive, and learn how to think well under pressure. The first step of mental training is to identify the need to improve your mental game. Often times athletes are unaware of the mental barriers the limit their performance, and how mental training can help them meet their athletic potential. The […]

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Three Keys to Success in Sports

Three (must have) keys to success in sports are good instruction, practice and repetition, and most importantly – trust in your skills. Many people have a false assumption about learning a new technique such as throwing over the top, or staying on-top of the ball. Some coaches think that once they teach athletes a new technique the athlete should be able to apply it right away. Likewise, some athletes believe that they should be able to make adjustments in their game, and have it pay off right away. Change doesn’t happen overnight. When you expect change to happen overnight […]

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Developing High Levels of Confidence

Confidence is the keystone to performing at your best. When athletes are confident, their mind and body are relaxed allowing them to perform at their best. There are a few things that can be done to ensure you have the highest level of confidence possible. First of all, engineer your approach to competition so that you are doing things that you have already successfully done in the past. Just knowing that you done it successfully before, will give you confidence. Be sure you stick to your game plan. It is a common mistake of teams to see their competition […]

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