Frequently Asked Questions
What is sport psychology, and how does it help athletes?
Sport psychology is a branch of applied psychology. It uses all the concepts of general psychology and is aimed at helping athletes become better. Practitioners' primary focus is on enabling athletes to achieve optimal performance and well-being.
Sport psychology utilizes various mental strategies ranging from relaxation techniques and self-talk to visualization and psychotherapy. The ultimate goal of these strategies is to help athletes achieve better performance, efficiently recuperate from injuries, commit to and enjoy sports, cope with pressure, and keep up with a rigorous exercise routine. For instance, athletes who deal with a lot of stress and are under pressure from coaches, teammates,
and parents can benefit from mental skills training and learn how to efficiently deal with stressors.
Is mental training for all athletes?
Every athlete has access to a toolkit of mental and physical strategies to self-regulate. These strategies can be accessed consciously or unconsciously, and an athlete’s success depends on how useful the tools are in his toolkit. Sports psychology professionals help to optimize this toolkit by adding specific tools, and refining others to train athletes how to utilize their mental skills most effectively.
So, the short answer to the question is yes. Mental training can benefit all athletes, no matter what sports they play. Let us elaborate. Sports training, across all sports categories, is primarily focused on developing athletes’ technical skills, stamina, and endurance. However, sports have mental and emotional aspects which can be magnified during competition, and can vary in prominence based on the individual and the context.
With no mental training whatsoever, athletes, especially young ones, struggle to achieve their goals and unlock their full potential. It happens even to those with incredible fitness and technical skills. Those struggles are opportunities to learn and overcome obstacles, and that process can be made simpler and more enjoyable by working with a sports psych professional. Mental training can help athletes overcome the challenges in the field, deal with coaches, parents, and expectations of their own, and bring their athletic performance closer to perfection.
Why should you work with us?
The field of sport psychology is vast and gaining popular interest. If you decide to work with us, you can rest assured that you will work with trained and experienced professionals. Our team has gone through rigorous academic training and acquired hundreds of hours of practical experience in the field. So far, we have helped hundreds of athletes, both young and experienced, optimize their performance and achieve better results.
Thanks to our knowledge of mental training techniques, we can help you to unlock your full athletic potential. We are also committed to professional growth and actively participate in seminars and training. This enables us to discover and learn new mental training techniques and introduce them to our approach. We host a monthly sports psychology meeting, where professionals in the field gather to share practical tools and discuss new research and breakthroughs in the field.
We also value communication and our clients’ personal needs and demands. In order to help you in the most efficient way, we will offer you a unique mental training program, custom-tailored to your individual needs.
Our mental training is based on academic knowledge, and years of hands-on experience working with athletes from various sports, skill levels, and age groups.
What results can you expect from our mental training programs?
Our mental training programs are designed to help you achieve multiple things. First of all, you will experience increased levels of self-awareness. It will help you identify what’s holding you back from delivering better athletic performances. It will also enable you to identify new challenges as your athletic career progresses.
Our programs can also help you experience better self-confidence. You will acknowledge your accomplishments, technical skills, and physical performance, and see underperformance as an opportunity to learn and improve rather than a weakness. Perhaps more importantly, we will help you envision a road to success and create a clear pathway to achieve your vision.
During a mental training program you will learn and master several mental strategies. These strategies are developed to help you face the challenges as they come. They will equip you with the skills and knowledge you can apply in the future as efficiently as you did during the training. One of our objectives is to give athletes mental training in order to be more self-sufficient, and rely less on outside support - but we'll be here if you need us.
Which areas will improve after we finish?
Many athletes are reluctant to give mental training a try because they don’t know its implications and which areas it improves. Our broad-scope and personalized approach will help you grow in several areas. Let’s start with the performance.
We have found out that most athletes that seek our services have the potential to deliver better performance. After we finish, you will have a better understanding of yourself, and learn how to use visualization and relaxation techniques to tackle the challenges you face during the events. As a result, you will achieve outstanding results and bring your performance to an entirely new level.
Another thing that will improve is your ability to manage stress and pressures of competition. You will learn how to efficiently manage the pressures you face every day and in all stages and levels of competition. Finally, you will become more resilient and able to focus on only two things that matter – your performance and well-being.
Finally, the mental training program will help you shift your perspective and determine what truly motivates you to stay committed to achieving your goals while enjoying what you do.
Is the process the same for everyone?
Sport psychology and mental training are broad terms encompassing various strategies developed to help you improve your performance in different ways. However, mental training is not a “one size fits all” type of training. Every athlete is different in terms of personality and needs, which is why our process is not the same for everyone.
If there is one thing that is the same for all athletes we work with, then it is the first stage of the process – the assessment. During this stage, we will sit down with you and listen to you. Our goal is to get to meet you and understand how you see yourself in the world of sports and what you think is holding you back from achieving the best results.
What happens next is entirely custom-tailored to suit your unique needs, personality, background, and sport. During the process, you will learn the strategies that can help you tackle the problems unique to you and achieve peak performance in your sport.
What does the consulting process look like?
Our consulting process is based on respect. Whether you decide to choose in-person or virtual consulting, you will be treated the same way. The consultation process starts with an assessment. More precisely, we will assess your unique needs. The information we gather during this stage enables us to develop a unique program for you.
Once we’ve completed the program for you, we will start the consultation. The consultation phase is when you will learn all about relevant mental strategies, how and when to use them, and how they can benefit your career as an athlete.
The cornerstone of our consulting process is evaluation. You will provide us with feedback so that we can learn what works best for you. The feedback and how the training affects your performance enable us to make necessary adjustments. The consulting process is typically over once you have achieved your goals.
How long will all this take?
Unfortunately, there is not a definitive answer that we can give you for this question. Every athlete is unique, making it very hard to tell you exactly how long the mental training will take in your specific case.
Some athletes achieve their goals in a couple of sessions while others take longer. It all depends on your personality traits, unique background, the challenges you’re facing, and how high you set the goals.
Generally speaking, mental training is not one of those “quick fix” solutions. The ultimate goal of mental training is to help you become mentally strong. As an athlete, you are aware that it takes time, patience, and commitment to building strength and master technical skills. The same applies when building mental strength.
Your commitment to mental training is essential to the success of the process. Based on our experience, it often takes at least five sessions before you can experience some results.