What is Sports Psychology ?
Athletes spend a lot of their time physically practicing to get an edge on the competition, but most athletes fatigue mentally before they fatigue physically, due to the fact that their mind is not in as good shape as their bodies.
Over the past several years, both coaches and athletes have started to realize that strength, speed and other athletic skills are not sufficient for the production of championship athletes. Athletic performance has three parts: physical preparation, technical skill, and psychological readiness. This model suggests that if any of the above areas are neglected, athletic performance will decline. However, psychological preparation is the component that is most often neglected by athletes and coaches alike.
Your body is a mass of muscles and nerves linked together into the central processing unit which is your brain. Sports psychology seeks to show you how to use that central processing unit to its greatest effect in controlling your body to give optimum sporting performance.
The main approaches to Sports Psychology are:
- Goal Setting
- Imagery and Simulation...