Sports Psychology (also known as Sport Psychology, Performance Psychology, or Sports Psych) is an interdisciplinary Sports Science and Performance Psychology. Sports Psychology is the scientific study of human performance in sports and psychological processes (mental, emotional, intellectual, cognitive) that influence sports performance. The foundation of Sports Psychology is based in biology, physiology, neurology, kinesiology, and psychology.
Yes, Sports Psychology is a evidence-based profession deemed valid by the scientific and professional sports community as effective means of performance enhancement. Through extensive research, ongoing training, and graduate level education; competent Sports Psychology Professionals are able to identify the mental barriers that limit performance and the underlying sources behind each barrier. Once identified, Sports Psychology Professionals apply proven strategies and interventions to help athletes overcome limitations and achieve peak performance consistently by instilling the mental skills and abilities needed to succeed.
Yes. Athletic talent and physical abilities faces limitations at every level of competition. Sports Psychology helps athletes overcome these limitations by identifying the barriers that limit their performance and instilling the mental skills and ability needed to succeed. Professional Athletes – The higher the level of competition the greater need for a competitive edge. At the elite level talent and physical ability is clearly established. Therefore, the mental game is what separates great athletes and championship teams from the rest in sports. Youth and Amateur Athletes – Young athletes can have all the talent in the world and watch it pass them by. Talent like growth spurts only go so far in sports. Only with a strong mental foundation will athletes be able to achieve their true potential.