Does Sports Psychology work and can it work with both professional athletes and amateurs?
The simple answer is YES, YES, and YES!
Professional Athletes – The higher the level of competition the greater need for a competitive edge. At the elite level talent is established. 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. Only with a strong mental foundation will athletes achieve their true potential.
For many youth athletes, Sports Psychology and Sports Mental Training are untouched avenues of performance enhancement training. Why? Many young athletes and parents do not understand Sports Psychology and may be skeptical of its value.
The stigma that Sports Psychology Services are for athletes with psychological issues is 100% false – nothing but a myth from long ago. During a time when “sports psychologist” referred to anyone with a degree who worked with athletes because there wasn’t a sport psychology degree.
Sports Psychology today is far from the field it once was. Do not let the world psychology confuse or discourage you. Psychology is the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. Sports Psychology is the scientific study of human performance and mental processes in sports.
Sports Psychology is not therapy or counseling it is education, training, coaching and consulting. The late great Major League Baseball Sports Psychologist Harvey Dorfman said it best:
“I’m not a shrink; I’m a stretch,” Mr. Dorfman told skeptics. “I don’t diminish – I expand.”