What is Sports Psychology?

What is Sports Psychology?

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According to the American psychological association, Sport psychology is a proficiency that uses psychological knowledge and skills to address optimal performance and well-being of athletes, developmental and social aspects of sports participation, and systemic issues associated with sports settings and organizations. 

Brittney Reese, Olympic Gold Medalist, 7x World Champion Track & Field star stopped by The Exam Room to discuss how she’s preparing for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, the importance of Sports Psychology, juggling being a single mom of her 13-year-old adopted son and training during COVID. Check out what she had to say HERE.

It has long been understood that optimal athletic performance relies heavily on an athlete being mentally and physically sound. Unfortunately, the mental component is often overlooked.  

Top 5 reasons athletes should see a sports psychologist or psychiatrist:

1. Pressure/Stress Related To Performance Expectations-Athletes face a lot of pressure to be “on” at all times. This can lead to stress and affect performance. A sports psychologist can help offer sound reasoning and coping mechanisms.

2. Navigating Retirement –Athletes train their whole lives for their sport but do little in terms of preparation for retirement. Athletes also face retirement earlier in many sports compared to most traditional careers. It is important to see a sports psychologist or psychiatrist help to aid in the transition.

3. Balancing Sport And Home Life – athletes give a lot of themselves to their sport. Oftentimes their work/life balance can be off. This Specialist can help provide balance.

4. Anxiety– Anxiety is common in the sports world. Is it important for anxiety to be dealt with therapies and even with medication if needed.

5. Attention Issues – In order to have peak performance, an athlete must be laser-focused on the task at hand. Any attention issues can negatively affect performance and is therefore a great reason to seek help.

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