Sports Psych

With the knowledge that sports performance is influenced as much by psychological as by physical factors, athletes at nearly all levels of competition engage in mental training. Sport psychology skills are used to address performance-related issues regarding preparation, motivation, thought patterns, focus and confidence. Psychological skill training can include formulating and executing strategies related to goal setting, relaxation, imagery and self-talkā€”all major components of mental acuity in sports. Sport psychology is instrumental in several aspects of performance, including recovery from injury, controlling stressful situations, pre-game routines and rituals, pre-game nerves and anxiety, dealing with losses, and managing success and fame. Learn about latest sport psychology strategies from the nation's top experts and elite athletes.

Latest in Sports Psych

Discipline is Freedom: 3 Ways Athletes Can Become More Consistent

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3 Keys to Success Young Athletes Often Overlook

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The 'Drama Triangle': How to Avoid Sports Team Turmoil

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Notre Dame Basketball Coach Mike Brey Reveals How Tense Coaches Create Tense Players

A coach who's constantly tense and frustrated will rub off on their players in all the wrong ways. That's the message Notre Dame head basketball co...

Jalen Ramsey and the NFL's 5 Most Savage Trash-Talkers

Talking trash. It's an art that's almost as old as sport itself. The best trash-talkers speak with a purpose. They want to rattle their opponent...

Latest Videos in Sports Psych

Smart Drills for Youth Soccer Players: Alternating Kick-Arounds

Attila Csizar, head coach and director at Upper 90 FC, explains Alternating Kick-Arounds and the benefits they offer young soccer players.

Smart Drills for Youth Soccer Players: Pullbacks

Attila Csizar, head coach and director at Upper 90 FC, explains Pullbacks and the benefits they offer young soccer players.

Smart Drills for Youth Soccer Players: Step Over Rolls

Attila Csizar, head coach and director at Upper 90 FC, explains Step Over Rolls and the benefit they offer young soccer players.

Smart Drills for Youth Soccer Players: Touch, Touch, Roll

Attila Csizar, head coach and director at Upper 90 FC, explains the Touch, Touch, Roll drill and the benefits it offers young soccer players.

Smart Drills for Youth Soccer Players: Sole Rolls

Attila Csizar, head coach and director at Upper 90 FC, explains Sole Rolls and the benefits they offer young soccer players.