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Sport and Performance

What Is sport and performance psychology?

Sport and performance psychology is the use of mental skills and performance enhancement strategies to help create the conditions for optimal performance and individual wellness for athletes and performers in other settings.

What are some examples of things sport and performance psychology can help with?

  • Competition anxiety
  • Energy management: “Psyching up” and “Calming down”
  • Attention/concentration/focus
  • Goal setting
  • Motivation
  • Communication
  • Self-talk
  • Confidence
  • Team building
  • Dealing with and recovering from an injury
  • Self-image/self-esteem
  • Adjusting to school/team
  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Slumps/burnout
  • Inconsistent performance
  • Perfectionism
  • Support for coaches on topics such as team building, motivation, and communication skills

How does sport and performance psychology help?

Helps athletes and other performers develop individualized performance strategies
Provides education and strategies for creating optimal performance situations
Facilitates more productive and consistent thinking
Works toward overcoming unhelpful thought, feeling, and behavior patterns
Helps athletes better enjoy their athletic experience by helping great athletes become even better

For more information or to schedule an appointment:

Diane Stieper
SMSU Counseling & Testing Services
BA 156

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