What is the role of a Sports Psychologist?

A sports psychologist will assist athletes to improve their sports performance by using a combination of different techniques. They also work with team managers and coaches on a variety of issues. 

An example of some of the issues that sports psychologists typically work on with athletes:

  • Anxiety
  • Confidence
  • Communication 
  • Leadership 
  • Improving skills 
  • Understanding the zone state and accessing it  
  • Improving concentration 
  • Coping with injury 
  • Identifying and dealing with burnout
  • Managing pressures of competition 
  • Motivation 
  • Self belief
  • Goal setting 

What qualifications should a sports psychologist have? 

 Your sports psychologist will draw on knowledge from a variety of fields including biomechanics, psychology, physiology and nutrition. It is essential for a sports psychologist to have a degree in psychology as well as a post graduate qualification in sports science or sports medicine as a knowledge of how both body and mind work is important in ensuring the safety of the athlete. 

Who typically goes to a sport psychologist? 

  • Recreational athlete
  • Professional athletes 
  • Coaches 
  • Team Managers 

Dr. Niamh Flynn

Sport Psychologist and Hypnotherapist Dr. Niamh Flynn will explain the power of your subconscious mind and how you can harness its power to bring your confidence levels through the roof. On the day she will guide you through powerful visualisations that will help you achieve your goals. Her clinic is based in Suite 29 at the Galway Clinic, a private hospital in the West of Ireland, and she has presented internationally on a variety of topics and has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities and organisations. She is also the author of the book ‘End Migraine Fast’. Clicking below will bring you to Niamh Flynn .com website where Sports Psychology is managed.