|Are you making the most of your talent?
Are you an athlete with a sense that you could do better but something is getting in the way? Perhaps you could benefit from a consultation with a sport psychologist to give you a mental edge.
What is a sport psychologist?
|What is sport psychology?
Simply put, sport psychology uses research to enhance athletic performance and improve the lives of athletes.
What does a sport psychologist focus on?
A sport psychologist will spend time with the athlete or team discussing goals. Together they will identify
strengths to build on and weaknesses to improve. Common goals include
• Increasing focus and intensity
• Tuning out distractions
• Decreasing performance anxiety
• Dealing with adversity
• Coping with loss/failure
• Achieving optimum level of arousal
• Increasing confidence
What will a sport psychologist do to help me?
• Reinforcement of desirable behavior
• Relaxation and breathing exercises
Sometimes there are life problems and issues that inevitably interfere with sport performance. People may experience stress related to work/school pressures, grief from relationship conflicts, and anxiety over troubling events. As a clinical psychologist with a holistic approach, I can help with overall life issues in addition to specific sport-related concerns.
Even though a sport is a job for some, a sport is still something we “play.” Hence, sports are designed to improve our quality and joy in life. Generally, when we play our best we have fun. Are you having fun? Are you making the most of your talent?
Dr. Anderson is a retired professional athlete along with being a sport psychologist. In addition to her private practice she is currently the sport psychology consultant for PLEX and for Memorial Hermann Sports Medicine Institute.