The ultimate goal of an athlete is to execute the tasks perfectly, no matter the circumstances. This can be achieved by making use of the knowledge of sport psychology, which aims to analyze and improve the behavior in sport situations. Mental workouts are not age-related; both children and adults may have to deal with ineffective exercise behavior (e.g.: anxiety before or during a match, difficulties with the execution of tasks at key moments, blackouts during a match, anger and frustration, and so on).
The career of an (elite) athlete can be compared to the way to the top of a mountain. The mountain symbolizes the optimal performance of an athlete. Where you stand on your path, it’s always handy to have a clear map of the site that follows. This enables you to follow a route where you can see your position in relation to your goals, where you have a view on the upcoming obstacles and what you need to do to reach the top. On the other side, it also shows you clearly what you already have accomplished. A realistic look and being self-aware of your abilities, make it possible to follow the right path and to train what is needed. Awareness is the beginning of all growth. Also for mental growth. Mental training can help to provide insight into yourself and look at further possibilities. The “unknown” can then be translated into specific actions and tasks that will help you to achieve more in your sport and in general.
As a sports psychologist, I can provide guidance and support in understanding yourself and others (as an individual athlete or team), both inside and outside the sport. I can help gaining insight in yourself and in your abilities to respond quickly and effectively to any unexpected or unpleasant situations. Along with the athlete(s) I will help to discover the strengths and weaknesses in order to bring out the best of the athlete. Becoming aware of your weaknesses gives you the opportunity to strengthen and improve them, while raising awareness of your strengths confidence can broaden and give you a sense of accomplishment. Scientifically validated techniques will be used to improve the performance and increase enjoyment.
Knowledge and techniques can be taught to trainers coaches, that will be related to and can be used in practical situations in matches and in training. In addition, group meetings for athletes can be organized to provide them with knowledge about psychological mechanisms and about techniques that can be used to improve performances and enjoyment. Individual training will be recommended for athletes who want to get more information and expertise in certain mental techniques.
Techniques & Skills
Below are some examples of mental skills that can be learned through mental training:
– Setting goals
– Learn to relax / relaxation
– Dealing with injuries
– Dealing with “negative” thoughts
– Dealing with emotions
– Visualize game situations
– Attention control / concentration /focus
– General preparation