Psychology for athletes
The Importance of Physical Activity and Sport in Mental Health
Sport is a well established treatment for a variety of mental health issues. These include stress management, being able to build positive relationships with others and to be more positive, to name but a few.
The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine have clearly outlined how Sport and Physical Activity play a role in helping people to experience mental well being and how sport and physical activity can also play a role in managing mental illness.
Holding back from seeking help?
You are not alone! Stigma associated with seeking help is something a lot of people struggle with. there is even evidence to show this is the case! Another way to look at it is as a way of improving your life and mental well being rather than ‘fixing’ something that is wrong. See below some of the ways a sports and performance psychologist can help.
How can Psychology help?
A sports psychologist will assist athletes to improve their mental well being and 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:
- Positive Mental attitude
- Mental Well being
- Improving skills
- Understanding the zone state and accessing it
- Improving concentration
- Coping with injury
- Identifying and dealing with burnout
- Managing pressures of competition
- Self belief
- Goal setting
What type of athletes might look for help?
- Recreational athletes
- Professional athletes
- Team Managers
- Anyone who wants to participate in exercise to improve their mental and physical well being